Karen Willingham

Karen grew up in Metairie, LA. where she learned to love working with her hands from her mother. She went to college in Lafayette; there she met the love of her life, they married and made their home in Lafayette. LA. They raised a great son.

“I always had a love for creating with my hands, especially when using things found in nature. In the fall of 2005, my father-in-law grew over 50 gourds from a pack of seeds that I gave him. From then on, I have had a passion for working with gourds. I nurture them during their growing season by polinating the male & female plants on the vine. After the plant dies I dry them and begin to create many interesting functional and decorative pieces of art.

My background in arranging flowers, as a Master Florist, has influenced my designs. Working with the gourds gives me a lot joy and a kind of peace. My creations have been collected and adorn homes across the country, they can be found at our gallery in Arnaudville and on the internet at http://www.kreativegourds.com/“.