Fiber Creatures and Creations

Whimsical and colorful felted birds and other wondrous creatures created by feature artist, Karen Ihrig, will be visiting the Alliance Art Gallery during the month of July.

Karen is a Nauvoo artist and retired English teacher. She has always been seduced by wools that provide a pleasant, tactile sensation—and color. Four years ago, when she learned the basics of armature construction and coupled it with needle felting (aka dry felting) and luxurious wool from a friend’s flock, it was a marriage made in heaven. From that moment on, an ever-growing woolen flock of birds emerged, each taking on its own quirky colorful personality.

Karen’s creative juices being stirred, other life-like animals began to join these delightful birds. She enjoys bringing her fiber friends to life under the felting needle as well watching people’s reactions to them. It has become a challenge and a passion.
It never ceases to amaze her how airy puffs of wool can be transformed into sculpted shapes. Always exploring new dimensions, she now dabbles with wet-felted forms.

The exhibit will open with a reception on Saturday July 9 from 5 until 8:00. This coincides with Hannibal's Second Saturday Gallery Walk and is free and open to the public.