picolette, 2020. glycerine preserved ming fern, wool.

Karen Rubado is a Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland artist who is interested in the aggregation and transformation of found materials through hand-making. Her enthusiasm lies in the connections between intention and action, the real and imagined, and the imperfection that often characterises the handmade. Inspired by techniques of extemporising within a structure, her weaving practice encourages the unexpected and allows for spontaneity as a catalyst for discovery. She sees this as a subtle form of opposition to the authorial powers of tradition and the expectations emanating from both craft and contemporary art conventions.


coming up!

Botanical Weaving Workshop

Thursday, 11 August 2022
Vida Flores, 12 McColl Street, Newmarket, Auckland

Join me for a fun 2-hour workshop introducing you to frame weaving with dried flowers and leaves. With some basic tapestry weaving techniques you’ll be on your way to creating your own botanical textile masterpiece.

We’ll be using natural yarn (wool or cotton) to create the tapestry base (warp) and will then employ a tabby weave for the flowers and leaves.

Frame looms, wool and flowers will be provided and you’ll be able to take your weaving home with you. If you have wool you’d like to use, you’re welcome to bring it!