Karen’s metal work is inspired by the Moorish architecture of southern Spain, the floral imagery of William Morris, French and English formal garden design, and the lyricism of Asian art and calligraphy. Choosing patterns from many cultures, she tries to blend these influences into quiet and spiritual objects that reflect her fascination with botanical forms, ruins, sacred places, and hidden doorways. Her jewelry is made of sterling silver and 14k gold. Karen begins by hand-sawing small “frames” from sheet silver, and then she saws and file etches pieces of patterned silver sheet to fill the voids in the frames, and then solder the components together onto a back piece of silver. The process is analogous to marquetry or inlay but she’s using metal instead of wood.