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/1989 Fiber Artist of the Year Award Recipient
1990 Phoenix College - Computer Aided Graphic Design
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 offer shade in the summer and warmth in the winter. Scarves have the ability to make a simple t-shirt look professional. Scarves make a simple black dress a phenomenal masterpiece!
My designs set me apart from other designers. Whether it be one of the salmon pieces, the raven pieces or one of the mermaids, the dragons or one of my steampunk designs. My work is readily recognizable.
My name is Karla Kay Benjamin. I am an artist that specializes in hand painted silk bandanas, scarves, wall hangings, table runners and furniture jewelry.
While I am a native of the PNW, I attended college at Arizona State University and have a BFA with an emphasis in Fiber Arts/Surface Design. I enjoy working on fabric because when the fabric moves it seems to bring the art to life. I enjoy working on silk because of the beautiful way it absorbs the dyes and shimmers when it moves and the light hits it. You will see both nature and animal themes in my work. I like the outdoors and this is reflected in my art.
After receiving my art degree from in 1989, I taught art for about 10 years. Looking for more consistent pay and benefits I then took a job with Snohomish County Superior Court utilizing my computer skills as well as my teaching skills working with youth. I worked first with their youth programming and then with their drug court program. After my mother died from cancer in 2009 I had a couple cancer scares myself. A peer gave me the DVD “The Secret” and after viewing it, I decided I needed some me time and I decided to pursue my passion for art. In May of 2016, 16 years after going to work at the county, I quit my job with the county and went to work for myself making art. I have never looked back. It was a scary decision to make but I am doing ok. I look forward to each day the spark of creativity it brings and I am meeting all my sales goals. I am very proud of my company.
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