Karen Rips Fiber Artist

I make art as a way of expressing my perception of the world around me. I create my own fabric using a variety of surface design techniques, then experiment to bring the piece alive, often by incorporating ideas and elements from previous creations.

The hours I spend in my studio nearly every day are fueled by the energy of having created something that has never existed before. Over the years, I have made a considerable investment in my studio space, since I find that my time there is creative, stress relieving, and liberating as well.

Fiber is my medium of choice because it is tactile, easily manipulated, and allows itself to be altered in many different ways. Tactile elements are important in my work because they give the piece even more reason to get up close and look at the art.

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Twelve by Twelve International Exhibition Program:


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Selected Bibliography:



  • “Karen Rips” International Art Quilts: Abstracts and Geometrics, Martha Sielman, Page 206 - 209, 2016
  • “Curated - The Intersection of Arts and Medicine” TMC - Pulse, Vol 3, No 7, Page 31, Aug. 2016
  • “Den Moment” Patchwork Professional Magazine, March 2014
  • “Rituals Gallery” Quilting Arts Magazine, Issue 59, Oct/Nov 2012
  • “Quilt Group Q&A: Twelve by Twelve” Quilting Arts Magazine, Issue 55, Feb/Mar 2012
  • "Beneath the Surface" Quilting Arts Magazine, Issue 47 Oct/Nov 2010 
  • "Edges" Quilting Arts Magazine, Issue 41, Oct/Nov 2009 
  • “By the Dozen: Profile of the Twelve by Twelve Collaborative Art Quilt Project,” Quilters Companion, November 2008
  • “Global Quilting, Profile of the Twelve by Twelve Collaborative Art Quilt Project,” Down Under Quilts, November 2008
  • “Fantasy Guardian Angel: Art Doll Challenge II” Quilting Arts Magazine, Fall 2005
  • "Fantasy Guardian Angel: Art Doll Challenge I" Quilting Arts Magazine, Summer 2005


Online Video:

  • “Craft Houson - A View Within/In Residence,” Filmed [July 1, 2015]. YouTube Video, Duration: 00:04:22, Posted [July 2016]. URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P6vU3Onu5XA



  • SAQA - Professional Artist Member
  • Surface Design Association
  • Twelve by Twelve
  • Quilt Visions
  • San Jose Quilt Museum


Studied Under:

  • Bob Adams
  • Jeanne Raffer Beck
  • Claire Benn & Leslie Morgan
  • Dorothy Caldwell
  • Jane Dunnewold
  • Leslie Gabrielse
  • Rayna Gillman
  • Kerr Grabowski
  • Jan Myers-Newbury
  • Carol Soderlund