World Shibori Network

Celebrating the visual languages of PEOPLE, COMMUNITY, CULTURE, and ENVIRONMENT through the global practice of resist-dye traditions and innovations, keeping in mind authenticity, reciprocity, and networking.

Karyn Henson

Wellington, NEW ZEALAND
KarynNZ on flickr


My work involves the construction of textiles and transformation of materials. The processes I use include weaving, printing, cutting, stitching, heat setting, fulling, felting, binding and wrapping. Working with a limited colour palette allows me to focus on texture and the interplay of transparency and opacity. Structure, repetition, and layering are all important in my work.

I create shaped textiles using transformable materials. I mould organic felt pieces from New Zealand wool fibre. I handweave open weave wool cloth and use resist fulling and shaping to create textural landscapes. I print, fold, wrap and bind polyester and silk to form structured geometric cloth.

Many of my pieces are stitched with repeating graphic elements, signs and symbols; familiar codes in an unfamiliar context.


Haptic Interface Exhibition, Hong Kong Baptist University, HK 2012
Creative Fibre Wellington Area Exhibition, Pataka, Porirua, NZ 2012
Scarf Festival, National Wool Museum, Geelong, Australia 2012
“Changing Threads,”National Contemporary Fibre Art Awards. Refinery ArtSpace, Nelson, NZ 2012
“Animal Fibres: Art Informs Shibori,” Hong Kong Design Institute, HK 2011


Highly Commended, Best Thematic Scarf Category, Scarf Festival 2012
First Time Entrant Award, Creative Fibre Wellington Area Exhibition 2012


Creative Fibre New Zealand
The Costume and Textile Association New Zealand