"Through this series I map the spiritual and psychological terrain of'difficulty', through a topography of fabric, dye and. thread," [Karen Thiessen], a member of Hamilton (Ont.) Mennonite Church, says. "Those situations that challenge, disturb, that induce crisis, chaos, or change, can be our greatest teachers. Difficulties disrupt our comfort zones and create openings for awareness, wisdom and compassion to emerge and grow."The 'Shadow' textiles were born out of difficulty. Most of the materials started out as mistakes or failures-my own botched screen prints and dye jobs, quilt tops and even entire quilts whose colour combinations didn't work. The 'Shadow' series has been my own greatest teacher."