The textile society professional development award 2017

Caren Garfen wins Professional Development Award 2017

Caren Garfen is an experienced artist, whose proposal to create an exhibition around her work on ‘eating disorders’ reflects a passion and sustained commitment to a compelling and unsettling subject. 

The pain and distress of anorexia is sensitively considered and beautifully expressed through her textiles. Caren’s approach in developing miniature maquettes, in preparation for larger scale pieces, is both professionally planned and critically developed. The work demonstrates originality and a highly personal artistic quality.

Caren will be giving a paper on her work at The Textile Society Annual Conference to be held at the Wellcome Collection, Euston Road, London, on 3rd November 2018

Last year Caren was selected to hand stitch a block for the UDHR Quilt Project, a global collaborative craftivism project with over 130+ contributing artists. The project is 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 will go on display at the Kings ARI Gallery in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, from 6 - 10 March 2018

In 2017 Caren was invited to create a block for the Jane Austen Community Quilt Project.  The quilt has been funded through a Heritage Lottery grant, and inspired by a patchwork coverlet created by Jane, her mother and sister.  Each individual quilt block has been designed and created by representatives from over forty community groups worldwide, including groups in North America, Australia, Pakistan and Brazil as well as closer to home in the village of Chawton. Each block explores a different Austen theme, and when stitched together form a patchwork of stories narrating Jane Austen’s life, work and legacy. The completed quilt will go on display at The Jane Austen House Museum in Chawton, Hampshire, from 10 March 2018

'Room For Improvement' has been selected for The 62 Group of Textile Artists' exhibition CTRL/Shift which will take place at MAC Birmingham from 21st July - 9 September 2018. This exhibition will take 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.