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Caren is currently researching and creating a new body of work. Details to follow at a later date


‘Media Meddles’, ‘The Secret Life of an Eating Disorder’ and ‘Hidden Movement’ are currently on display in Nothing Less! 100 Years of Women’s Suffrage at the Austrian Cultural Forum in London (10 Oct 2019 - 31 Jan 2020) :LINK

Nothing Less! celebrates ‘feminist legacies, questions what constitutes women’s rights in Austria, the UK and the world today, and hopes to galvanise hard-won rights that are often taken for granted.’


Four artworks relating to eating disorders are currently on display in The Mr X Stitch Guide to Cross Stitch, British Textile Biennial, Towneley Hall Museum & Art Gallery in Lancashire (3 Oct 2019 - 29 Feb 2020). The pieces are ‘Heartfelt’, ‘That’s How The Cookie Crumbles’, ‘Identity Crisis’ and ‘You See Food I See Numbers’


Caren is thrilled that ‘Stand Up And Be Counted’ has been acquired by the Jewish Museum London and will form part of its permanent collection, (July 2019)


Caren is delighted that ‘Mad Hatters Tea Party’ has been selected for the inaugural ‘Vlieseline Fine Art Textile Award’ exhibition which first took place at The Festival of Quilts. Now on display at The Knitting and Stitching Shows (see Exhibitions :LINK for details)


Caren’s submission to Envision Arts online gallery ‘Threaded’ resulted in three of her artworks, ‘Life Line’, ‘Do My Bones Look Big In This’ and ‘Room for Improvement’, being selected for this international online exhibition. Over 100 entries were received from seventeen countries which included France, Norway, The Netherlands, Brazil, Italy, Spain, Canada and the USA. Caren is delighted to have been awarded ‘Best In Show’ for ‘Life Line’

LINK: Envision Arts - Threaded

A new interview with the artist by Envision Arts magazine can be viewed here:

LINK: What’s Going On Upstairs


'Room For Improvement' was selected for The 62 Group of Textile Artists' touring exhibition Ctrl/Shift in 2018. After a successful showing at MAC Birmingham, and at the National Centre for Craft & Design in Lincolnshire, the final stage of its tour will take place at 20-21 Visual Arts Centre, Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire from 14 December 2019 until 29 February 2020. Ctrl/Shift takes shifts and changes as its theme, in particular it is centred on artists whose practice is or has transformed, in small or large ways, especially towards expressions of innovation in textile art. These shifts may be around changing attitudes to control (towards or away from it); the introduction of new materials and techniques; and/or the impact of innovative ideas and evolving technologies

LINK: The 62 Group - Artist’s Page


Last year Caren was selected to hand stitch a block for the UDHR Quilt Project, a collaborative craftivism project with over 130 international artists. The project was designed to celebrate the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and raise awareness of the ways it is being violated around the world today. This project will also raise funds & awareness for UNHCR through the sale of a forthcoming book about the project. Four quilts have been created from individual blocks featuring the entirety of each Article of the UDHR. The completed works are now on display at the Museum of Australian Democracy, in Canberra, Australia, and the exhibition has been extended until early 2020

LINK: UDHR Quilt Project


A fascinating interview about Caren’s installation art has been published by TextileArtist.org and it can be read via the link

LINK: Caren Garfen: From Conception to Creation