Karen O’Nan Martin has always been interested in art and nature. In 1986, she began teaching herself to weave baskets and demand resulted in her opening Hillcrest Collectibles in rural Henderson County, KY. There, Karen sells her baskets and teaches both children and adults seat weaving and caning of chair bottoms, as well as classes in basketry. In 2006 a greenhouse was added and the business chanted to Hillcrest Baskets and Greenhouse.
Karen’s baskets are made from reed which is cut from the reed plant, a relative of the palm tree. She dyes her reed by hand and creates numerous styles of baskets, sometimes incorporating grape vines, eucalyptus, and sea grass in the final embellishment of her works. A juried member of the KY Craft Marketing Program, Karen’s baskets are in The Kentucky Collection, and sold in shops and galleries throughout the United States.
Karen’s work can also be found at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea, Berea, KY; and also at Promenade Gallery, Berea, KY; The Kentucky Haus, Newport, KY; Completely Kentucky, Frankfort, KY; True Kentucky, Glendale, KY; Mammoth Cave Hotel, Mammoth Cave, KY; and at several Kentucky State Park gift shops.