My vision is to create original pieces of artwork to adorn your personal space your home your office or your wardrobe.
Scarves are feminine, dramatic, practical and beautiful. Silk scarves are a great way to add drama to any outfit. Scarves have the ability to make a simple t-shirt look professional. Scarves are practical. A scarf wrapped around your shoulders can shield you from the sun on vacation or from drafts during airplane travel. While travelling they can stretch your wardrobe by making the same clothing pieces look a bit different allowing you to pack lighter and leave more room for travel souvenirs.
Karla’s designs set her apart from other designers. Whether it be one of the salmon pieces, the koi pieces, the raven pieces or one of the mermaids, the dragons or one of her steampunk designs. The strong resist lines and her bold use of colors make her designs easily recognizable.
I learned how to do batik from my art teacher at age 11 at Redmond Junior High. I loved it. I got hooked on it.
When I went to college at Washington State University I learned that Batik is considered Fiber Art. I looked for Fiber Art Programs and found that Arizona State University (ASU) had a terrific Fiber Art program (Janet Taylor/Claire Versteggen) so I went to ASU.
At ASU, I was introduced to painting on silk. While I loved batik, getting the wax out of the silk was a difficult process, especially while living in a dorm room. Hand painted silk offered many of the same results without the wax issues. I have been painting on silk ever since. I received get my Bachelor of Fine Arts with emphasis on Fiber Arts from ASU in 1989.
Being an artist is not what I have always done to make a living. I worked for Snohomish County Superior Court starting in 1999 as a Juvenile Services Assistant. I moved on to become a Drug Court Coordinator 2006-2016. I loved my job at the courthouse. I believe I really helped some people through tough times. Art has always been my passion though and after a couple of cancer scares in 2015/2016 I decided to do my art full time. Life was too short not to be doing what I love and am passionate about every day.
I am so thankful that my family is so supportive of me. I feel lucky to do be doing what I love every day.
Karla Kay Benjamin
1984 -Graduated Redmond High School
1985 – Attended Bellevue Community College – Studied Drawing/Pottery
1986 -Attended Washington State University – Studied Drawing/Pottery
1987-1989 Graduated Arizona State University BFA Fiber Art
1990 Phoenix College – Computer Aided Graphic Design