Kara Young

Kara Young


Kara Young is an internationally recognized professional fiber/mixed media artist throughout the United States, in Europe and in Japan. Her work is seen as ancient but also contemporary fitting in many different environmental settings.

Kara has worked as a fiber artist since the beginning of her art career starting with sculptural weavings and then designing art clothing and on to paper making for the past 14 years.

Fired copper is the signature of my work. This process literally arose out of the ashes of the Oakland fire of 1991, (2011 is the 20 year anniversary) after my studio and home burned to the ground. While digging through the rubble, amid my tears and grief, I discovered beautiful burned rolls of copper that inspired a dramatic redirection to my artistry / artistic endeavors.

I have no idea what my work would look like today if this fire had not happened. This is the miracle of creativity.

Handmade paper is the canvas that enhances the organic, soft feeling of my creations. The unique nature of my work is in combining fired metals, paper and other materials to represent natures process of aging as found in rusted metals, dry river beds and stained stone walls. This is my life’s aspiration.

My pieces are made of 85% hand cast abaca paper. The surface is then covered with joint compound, then copper or silver leafed. Some pieces are painted with bees wax and pigment, called encaustic. I use burned and patinaed copper center pieces.