Fired copper is the signature of Kara Young’s work. “This process literally arose out of the ashes of the Oakland fire of 1991, after my studio and home burned to the ground. While digging through the rubble, amid my tears and grief, I discovered beautiful burned rolls of copper that inspired a dramatic redirection to my artistry / artistic endeavors. Handmade paper is the “canvas” that enhances the organic,”soft” feeling of my creations. The unique nature of my work is in combining fired metals, paper and other materials to represent nature’s process of aging as found in rusted metals, dry river beds and stained stone walls. This is my life’s aspiration.” 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.