I really have no idea how long it takes me to create a bear or animals. I've tried on numerous occasions to "time" myself to just see, but with little success. There to just to much going on in my home with 2 young child and several pets to accurately keep track of my time. I also like to work on a few pieces at once, which makes it even harder to keep track of my time."
3. Do you have a studio at home?
"Yes, I have a studio in my home. We have 2 bedrooms upstairs and 1 one down. Since I have 2 girls, they share a room and I use the bedroom downstairs for my studio. It's a great space and it's really nice to have my own room that I can use just for creating."
I kept asking Karen about her bears but she also makes wonderful giraffes, rabbits, mixed media figures and dogs. check these pics out of her very popular dogs.
5 Do you have any up coming shows or events?
"Unfortunately no, I don't have any upcoming shows. I do very few shows because of where I live. Most shows are just too far away, and with 2 young children it makes it hard to travel. I rely almost solely on the internet for sales. I have a blog, website, and Facebook page if anyone would like to contact me to place an order. I also have pieces listed the 1st of each month on the mercantile, and I list pieces every week on eBay and occasionally etsy. "
Karen sent some pics of a show she did at the Springfield Extravaganza in May 2012, in conjunciton with Folk Magazine.
" I have a wonderful, supportive husband of 12 years. Together we have 2 beautiful daughters, Isabella who is 10 and Sophia who is 5. We live in Knoxville, TN ,close to the Great Smokey Mts, in a cottage style home located in one of the cities historic districts. We also have 2 dogs. One is a 6 month old Dachshund named Lucy and the other is a Corgi mix named Pumpkin. We have 2 cats, Candy Corn who is a dark gray Manx and Baby Kitty, a gray and white tabby. To round out our pets we have an 8 year old Goldfish named, Leny that my 10 year old daughter won at a school carnival when she was 2 years old".
That goldfish has to be some sort of record!
7. What are some of your favorite things to do?
I love to travel and see new places. I like to visit historic homes and land marks. I especially love to visit places with interesting architecture. We have a boat, so we spend a lot of time during the summer out on the lake. I also love to visit antique shows and shops looking for treasures to use with my art. I also love to write, which is a recent new passion. I've also been a Girl Scout troop leader for 6 years. I have 14 girls in the 5th & 6th grades. They are so much fun, and I love taking them places and doing activities with them.
"Both of my girls love art. My oldest daughter, Bella, just won 2 blue ribbons at the state fair for photography and art. In photography, she competed against 18 years olds and won! Right now they love to see my new creations, give them names and play with them. I think in some way they will both be artists. Whether it's creating soft sculpture pieces or not, only time will tell"
Karen is quite and accomplished folk artist, wife and mother. We are glad to be her Tdipt sister and also glad she is editor of our Newsletter. To read more about Karen please visit her website and blog at BradyBears.com and/or