Carol has worked in textiles all her life, teaching, lecturing, and, since 1997, as a freelance artist.
She studied at Goldsmiths Art School under Constance Howard whose passion for embroidery helped shape her own direction.
This exhibition showcases her work from 5 decades for the first time. Hand embroidery influenced by the 1970s abstract expressionists, experimental paper making in the 80s, 1990s architectural embroideries inspired by her travels, and pieces that explored maps and contours from the “noughties” lead you towards her contemporary, densely machine stitched land and skyscapes.
All her landscapes are based on places she has visited on her travels. Spain, France, and Ireland can all be found here, but the South Downs where she lives, provide the most inspiration, as fields, hills and crops change with the seasons.
She stitches intensively, often from the back of the fabric, building line upon line of colour and texture, looking at the changes in light and shade, mixing colours as a painter would. Each piece evolves as she works.
She has over 30 years of sketch books too, and some of these will form part of the exhibition.
She says- I look, I draw, I select, I translate.