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Me, Myself and I: Karen Flick at the Decorative Arts Gallery April-May, 2014

Me, Myself and I: Karen Flick

UAMS Blood Bank

Decorative Arts Gallery
April – May, 2014

I have worked at UAMS since 1994 and am a medical technologist in
the blood bank. I have dabbled in needlework most of my adult life but
really got involved about 8 years ago.

My grandmother was a professional seamstress who could make
anything and I have some of her needlework and other pieces of her
work. I learned from her and from my mother but I have gone far
beyond what they taught me and choose to do very intricate and detailed
projects.

Most of my pieces are done on linen as I like the look and I think it
makes the subject matter more realistic. I do quite a bit of general
sewing and make my own scrubs and other crafts. I also do silk ribbon
embroidery – examples of which are included in this exhibit, stumpwork

– a more three-dimensional form of embroidery, and quilling – a paper
craft involving the curling and shaping of strips of paper on a flat surface.
I have an antique doll collection, most of which are well over 100 years
old and I design and make the clothes for them in the style of the 1800’s.
For me, the needlework is relaxing but I don’t want to relax too much as
mistakes are easy to make but not always so easy to fix!

The UAMS Arts Council promotes the talents of UAMS employees, students and other members of the UAMS family for the benefit of campus life. Contact Nancy Sessoms 686-5465, nhsessoms@uams.edu for more information on exhibiting in this space.