FInd Karen at the PAKENHAM LIBRARY, 128 MacFarlane Street, Pakenham – lower level

How perfect is this? – a paper artist, in a library full of paper?

Karen is pleased to showcase her fascinating paper art that includes techniques such as paper sculpture relief, paper cutting and iris folding. Karen hails from Petawawa and 128 has made paper art a full-time endeavour. On an ongoing basis she displays her works at the Valley Artisans Co-op in Deep River.

You can contact Karen at or visit her website at

Ottawa born, Karen Bernard is a graduate of the Graphic Arts Printing program at Algonquin College and has been working in her chosen field ever since.

Karen experimented with a variety of media before discovering the beauty of hand-made paper.  With its flexibility, paper permits her to do more than decorate a flat surface.  It inspires her to create three dimensional sculptures breaking through the barriers of two dimensional design.  According to Karen, the unique properties and forms created by paper have no counterpart.

The art form allows her the freedom to leave the flat surface and return to the world of depth.  Karen’s perceptions of our world are expressed in the precise intricate motion of each piece.