So you want my arts job: Wearable Art and Fibre Artist

The fibre and wearable pieces of Sunshine Coast-based artist Karen Lynch can be seen across festivals and competitions. Here is how she started.
So you want my arts job. A woman holding an armful of basketry materials smiles at the camera.

Fibre artist Karen Lynch lives and works on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland. Her practice includes working with yarn, fabric and natural materials – those often salvaged, recycled or foraged. She designs and makes wearable art garments, sculpture and functional items using a variety of techniques.

Lynch was named the Australian Wearable Art Festival’s Sustainable Nature category winner in 2023 and the Trashion category winner in 2019. She has also been recently announced as a finalist for Tasmania’s Paper on Skin, a biennial wearable paper art competition.

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Celina Lei is an arts writer and editor at ArtsHub. She acquired her M.A in Art, Law and Business in New York with a B.A. in Art History and Philosophy from the University of Melbourne. She has previously worked across global art hubs in Beijing, Hong Kong and New York in both the commercial art sector and art criticism. She took part in drafting NAVA’s revised Code of Practice - Art Fairs and was the project manager of ArtsHub’s diverse writers initiative, Amplify Collective. Celina is based in Naarm/Melbourne. Instagram @lleizy_