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Karen-lisa Forbes

Knotting ArtIntersections StudioBemidji, MN
Work Intersections Studio 9611 Foxcroft Rd NW Bemidji MN 56601 Website: Knots by Karen
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Biographical Info

In the four years since that first class I have produced nine pieces of fine art which have been shown at two group shows. My knotted jewelry is on display and for sale at Shannon’s Art and Soul in Bemidji, MN and at the Lanesboro Art Center in Lanesboro, MN where I am a juried artist. Two commissioned works are in the process and upon completion will be sent for display in Great Britain. A third commissioned piece will be included as part of John Bauer’s traveling multimedia art exhibit “What’s Left” – Creating a proactive dialogue on suicide and mental illness.

Best described as organic in nature my style falls under the category of Impressionist/Abstractionism; I prefer a less fancy title of “knotted nature looking stuff.” My knotting is often mistaken for beadwork because the knots are so small and so close together.  Inspiration for my designs comes from a deep love of the natural world in Northern Minnesota. Fascinated with the geometry and symmetry, chaos and order found in nature, my eye seeks out and draws me to small details and the discovery of the extraordinary in the ordinary. I admire the works of Frank Lloyd Wright, Piet Mondrian, Georgia O’Keefe, Franz Marc and Lawren Harris from Canadian Group of Seven. You find their influences in my work.

Throughout my life I have worked extensively with many types of fiber – knitting, hand-spinning with drop spindles and spinning wheel, Hardanger embroidery, pine needle basketry, quilting, finger weaving and fabric post cards.  While I have loved each of these disciplines none truly felt like my mine. After that first knotting class everything changed. Cavandoli knotting is my art form.


Member Freehand Studio and Gallery

March 2015

Member of Freehand Artists Collective


Lanesboro Art Center

Juried Consigning Artist

March 2014 – present, Lanesboro, Minnesota

Dancing Sky Tapestry Weavers

Group Exhibit

March 2014, Bemidji, Minnesota

We’re Knot Friends

Collaborative Exhibit with Dawn Standera

February 2014, Bemidji, Minnesota

Fiber Arts Almanac Vol. 4, Calendar 2014

Feature : Blue and White Shell

Feature : Structural Knotting


  • Cavandoli Knotting – .5 mm C-lon 3 ply nylon cord and 1 mm Settanyl two ply waxed polyester cord
  • Jewelry Metals – red brass, German sliver, argentium silver
  • Quilting – piecing, design, hand quilting
  • Hardanger Embroidery
  • Knitting
  • Spinning
  • Painting – acrylic
Categories: Artists, Pine to Prairie Fiber Arts Trail, Teacher

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