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.

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)
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