Karen Thurman, Claire Browne & Jikai Golan


Karen Thurman

Karen Thurman creates unique and colorful felted sculptures. She transforms fiber into felt  To quote Karen “I love working with fiber. My inspiration comes from the medium itself.”  Felt lends itself well to color, pattern, shape, whimsy, and humor, all of which shei incorporates into her work to bring some levity into this world. Karen studied textile design on both coasts before settling back in her native Oregon. Drawing inspiration from old movies, early morning coffee, and her love of nature, Karen’s unique style plays on the inherent qualities of the natural materials she uses. Karen uses both needle felt and wet felt techniques.

Claire Browne works with India ink and a nib pen, drawing lines continuously and mindfully. “I lean toward the absence of control while keeping in contact with the subconscious. She explains “I have been especially interested in ancient writing systems such as Egyptian scripts and Buddhist texts and have been moved by the Dreaming paintings of the aboriginal Australians and by the textile paintings of African art on cloth and bark.”  Claire begins with layering and using gel to attach recycled papers, envelopes, and old posters. “This creates a subtle texture and a sense of time. Sometimes I draw with my non-dominant hand, or cover the previous work on the canvas so that I can’t see what I’ve already done. The form that emerges from many hours of this often surprises me.”


Lynda JIKAI Golan’s work combines traditional drawing materials such as graphite, pencil, paint and Sumi-e ink, along with organic materials like teas, curry and various coffee mixtures. The series “We Didn’t Plan-it” addresses issues of water and land mass, the current order and chaos of natural resources on our planet. Lynda’s work on paper which evokes Tibetan, Chinese and Japanese dry brush calligraphy,  Jikai’s work evolved during the 4 years that she lived in a Zen monastery in Los Angeles.The name Jikai was given to her by the Abbott of ZCLA.The name means compassion-ocean and relates to themes in her work.  Themes of climate change, nature, and meditating have been the focus of her work.