Upcoming Exhibits

Juror’s exhibit at Wichita Center for the Arts National Fiber Directions Exhibition, March 27 – May 10, 2015.

Recent Exhibits

Teachers’ Exhibit at CNCH 2014, Oakland, CA April 2014

FiberWorks 2013, Tulsa, OK, July-August 2013

Four Weavers

In January 2013, my work will be featured along with Ulla De Larios, Suki Russak, and Candace Crockett in “Four Weavers,” an exhibit curated by Kathleen Hannah for the Petaluma Art Center.

Bojagi and Beyond

My “Wrapping Memory Scroll” was exhibited in Seoul Korea in August 2012 in “Bojagi and Beyond” curated by Chunghie Lee for Korea Bojagi Forum 2012.

Winter Solstice at Fibre Arts Design Studio

Several of my woven scrolls were part of an exhibit called “Winter Solstice” at Fibre Arts Design Studio, 935 Industrial, Palo Alto, CA. December 1, 2011 to January 25, 2012.

Mended Turnings

One of my mended turnings made in collaboration with Chuck Quibell appeared in “Mending=Art” at the Borowsky Gallery, Philadelphia, PA. February-March 2012.


Basketry: Put a Hex in Your Basketry!, Walnut Creek Civic Arts, November 23, 2014 9:30 – 2:30, a one day class in hexagonal weave structure to explore this useful structure and make some holiday gifts.  http://www.walnut-creek.org/cae/classes/adult/decorative_n_fiber_arts.asp

Indigo: I have a private indigo class coming up in November. Please contact me if you are interested in attending.

In addition, private or semi-private classes can be arranged for your group like the one I taught in Berkeley in January!


 Contact me to receive future workshop updates.

July in Tulsa, OK

In July 2013 I had the honor to jury a textile exhibit for the Fiber ARtists of Oklahoma at the new Hardesty Art Center. I will also taught a Sources of Inspiration and basketry combination workshop there.

Not Your Mother’s Laundry Basket

I taught “The Art of Basketry,” a new class on contemporary basketry for Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the downtown campus. We learned a bit of textile history and tried our hand at a variety of basketry techniques. I hope to teach this class again soon.

TSA Symposium

The paper I presented at the TSA Symposium will be available soon on Digital Commons. I spoke about three extraordinary West Coast textile artists at the TSA Symposium in Washington, DC, September 19-22, 2012. Check the web site for information on how to view all of the papers.

Maiwa Textile Syposium

In October 2012, I taught three classes at Maiwa Textile Symposium 2012 in Vancouver, Canada: “Greener Indigo” three-day workshop, a one-day design class called “Sources of Inspiration,” and my lecture called “Change is Good.”

San Francisco State University

I have retired from my role as a volunteer Teaching Assistant in the Textile Classes in the Art Department at San Francisco State University and now teach textile classes through Osher Lifelong Learning Institute in the College of Creative Arts at San Francisco State university.


DE YOUNG MUSEUM PANEL DISCUSSION: I will have the honor of representing the Craft of Textiles in The Artists Speak about Contemporary Craft, an illustrated lecture and panel discussion of the 5 media represented at the De Young Museum. The public is invited to attend this presentation, which is designed for the education of museum docents.  Other participants are Clifford Rainey – glass, John Toki – clay, Barbara Holmes – wood, and Jack Da Silva – metal.

May 8, 2014, Koret Auditorium, De Young Museum 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr. San Francisco, CA 94118.

Blog Interview for ACC

Five Questions,” Blog interview for The American Craft Council,


Hand-crafted by Karen Urbanek, Flying Noir chocolate now comes wrapped in my indigo dyed cloth or paper. These artisinal chocolates are beautiful and delicious.

Mended Turnings

I continue to enjoy doing the collaborative series with Chuck Quibell that we call Mended Turnings. We have won awards and have been exhibited at the Museum of Craft and Folk Art and elsewhere. I find responding to Chuck’s beautiful turned wood bowls most gratifying.

Museum of Craft and Folk Art

I sold my baskets and woven works at the Museum of Craft and Folk Art since it moved to the new location on Yerba Buena Lane in downtown San Francisco. I loved my work as a docent there.  MOCFA closed December 1, 2012, after 30 years of great exhibits. We will all miss this extraordinary San Francisco institution.

Baulines Craft Guild

As a Master Member of the prestigious Baulines Craft Guild, I enjoy participating in all of their activities including annual exhibits.

Textile Society of America

As a Board Member at Large of the Textile Society of America (TSA), I enjoyed four years of   stimulating work with some extraordinary scholars and artists. What a wonderful organization.

Please take a look at the TSA website and consider joining this very important organization that provides an international forum for the exchange and dissemination of information about textiles worldwide, from artistic, cultural, economic, historic, political, social, and technical perspectives.

The Textile Society of America’s next Symposium will take place in Los Angeles in 2014.

Contact Barbara Shapiro to learn more about any of these events.