Visiting ancient ruins, colorful rock canyons, searching for petroglyph's and aged cracked walls and doors in beautiful old cities such as San Miguel de Allende are my source of inspiration. My work is about witnessing how the passing of time effects the appearance of surfaces in the world around us and how to express this in contemporary ways. Kara Young is an internationally recognized professional fiber/mixed media artist throughout the United States, in Europe and in Japan. Her work is seen as ancient but also contemporary fitting in many different environmental settings. Kara has worked as a fiber artist since the beginning of her art career starting with sculptural weaving's and then designing art clothing and on to paper making for the past 35 years. She also has created a line of handmade fine art greeting cards, which are carried in numerous art galleries and gift stores across the US. Her wall pieces are made with thickly cast abaca handmade paper. Integrated into the compositions are other materials and found objects. Crackled joint compound is used to " age " the surfaces, which is further enhanced with copper or gold leaf, old cedar shingles, sheet copper, acrylic paint and now encaustic painting with beeswax and pigment. The pieces are lightweight, durable and are mostly hung without a frame.