Join us for a Quilters’ Save Our Stories (QSOS) interview with Karen Nyberg, artist and astronaut, conducted by Chawne Kimber, artist and mathematician.
Dr. Karen Nyberg is a mechanical engineer and astronaut with 30 years of experience working at NASA on human spaceflight. She was selected as a member of the NASA Astronaut Corps in 2000. Dr. Nyberg made her first trip to space aboard Space Shuttle Discovery in 2008, during the height of International Space Station (ISS) construction. On her second spaceflight in 2013, Dr. Nyberg launched on a Russian Soyuz spacecraft and lived and worked at ISS for 166 days. While she lived on the International Space Station, Dr. Nyberg became the
first person to sew and quilt in space when she and NASA invited crafters from around the world to join the Astronomical Quilt Challenge to stitch together a global community quilt. Recently retired from NASA, Karen Nyberg is pursuing her passions of creating textile art, designing fabrics to inspire interest in STEAM and helping find solutions for the sustainability of our planet. Nyberg lives in Houston, Texas with her Astronaut husband, Doug Hurley and their dino-loving son, Jack. For more info, check out her website: www.karennyberg.com
Chawne Kimber is an award winning textile artist who exhibits quilts and embroidery in museums, galleries, and festivals all over the United States. Through cultivation of cotton in rural Alabama, some of her ancestors (unwillingly) participated in building the United States. Inspired by quilts made by these ancestors in the late 1800s, Chawne interprets traditional patchwork forms in an improvisational style and indulges in social confrontations in quilt form. When not manipulating cotton, Chawne is a dean at a university in a mid-Atlantic state.