Carolyn Cabena

Cabena, Carolyn - devore silk satin scarf

Artist Statement

Initially employed as a graphic designer my art combines a knowledge of textile dyes and techniques with good design elements and by using these skills I create contemporary works.

Designing to a theme my narratives are a combination of my personal memories from the past combined with images and patterns that resonate with me. I experiment with textiles, dyes and stitch with the aim to engage others in my journey of discovery.

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tried-and-true, inTransit Exhibition

 

Education

2009              Masterclass Ruth Hadlow, McPherson’s Plains Lodge, Tumbarumba, NSW
2003              Stitch the project – Draw the Line, Jan Irvine-Nealie, TAFTA Mittagong, NSW
1991              Creative Clothing Course, Baulkham Hills TAFE, NSW
1983              Crafts in Clothing, Craft Council of NSW
1962 – 64      General Design, East Sydney Technical College, NSW

Professional Experience
2002 – 1998  Tutor – dyeing, resist techniques, NIDA, Kensington, NSW
1997 – 1993  Tutor – dyeing – TAFTA Fibre Forums, Mittagong, NSW, Adelaide, SA
1997      Commission – Shibori fabric, Amanda Garrett designer for export to America
1996       Tutor – Timeless Garments Contemporary Wear – McGregor Summer School, Qld
1994       Commission – Renoir merchandise, Craft Council NSW for national art galleries

Solo Exhibitions (selected)
2013      Exquisite – Craft NSW, The Rocks, Sydney, NSW
2011      Evolutions – Craft NSW, The Rocks, Sydney, NSW
2003      Artisans in the Gardens – Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney, NSW

Group Exhibitions (selected)
2019      un:Seen – untethered fibre artists, Goulburn Regional Art Gallery, NSW
2019      un:Seen – untethered fibre artists, Gallery M, Marion Cultural Centre, S.A.
2018      un:Seen  – untethered, Wallarobba Arts and Cultural Centre, NSW
2018      Synthesis  – untethered, GalleryONE88, Katoomba, NSW
2018       Stitched up    – untethered fibre artists, Queen St Gallery, NSW
2018       inTransit  – untethered, Tuggeranong Arts Centre, ACT
2017       Stitched up    – untethered fibre artists, The Lock-Up, Newcastle, NSW
2017       inTransit  – untethered, Wallarobba Arts and Cultural Centre, NSW
2017       Stitched up    – untethered fibre artists, The Lock-Up, Newcastle, NSW
2017       ebb and flow – untethered, Muswellbrook Regional Gallery, NSW
2017       ebb and flow – untethered, Belconnen Art Centre, ACT
2016       ebb and flow – untethered, Wallarobba Arts and Cultural Centre, NSW
2016       CXellence – Craft NSW, The Rocks, Sydney, NSW
2015       Out of Hand – untethered, Wallarobba Arts and Cultural Centre, Hornsby, NSW
2011       Transformations – Fairfield Regional Gallery and Museum, Fairfield, NSW
2009       Conversations with Rain – Fairfield Regional Gallery and Museum, Fairfield,
2008       Inspired by May – ATASDA, Stanton Library, North Sydney Heritage Centre, NSW
2006       Social Riches – Centenary, Society of Arts & Crafts NSW,
Manly Art Gallery & Museum
2004       Alice Craft Acquisition – Araluen Centre, Alice Springs, NT

Professional Affiliations
2017 – 1994      The Society of Arts and Craft of NSW
2017 – 1993      North Shore Craft Group, NSW
2017                  Life Member of Australian Textile Arts & Surface Design Association                                        (ATASDA)
2014 –               untethered fibre artists
2000                  Craftmark Accreditation, Craft Australia – represented in the National Slide Library

Publications
2014      Carolyn Out of the Box, Fibreline, Issue 157 September 2014, page 18,19
2004      Looking at things in a different light, Textile Fibre Forum, Vol23, Issue 4, No.76,
1998      Yearbook, Machine Embroidery & Textile Art, Volume 2, No 3
1997      Voyage of Discovery, Australian Batik & Surface Design Assoc. Newsletter, No.88