Karen Hampton is a conceptually based fiber artist, addressing issues of colorism and kinship. She is recognized as a figurative storyteller who weaves together textures and colors of the ancient world with that of an imagined future. Material and imagery are part of the methodology she uses to access her ancestral and personal heritage. Using her training in the fiber arts with her training in anthropology, she synthesizes the role of weaver with that of a griot, the storyteller. Hampton’s art practice easily flows between different fiber surfaces and materials to complete each story. Hampton is an Assistant Professor of Fibers at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design.