Caren Garfen is known for tackling tough topics. She juxtaposes seemingly simple textiles with complex issues like eating disorders to create compelling and informative installation art. Caren’s art does not hang neatly on a wall. Instead, she creates provocative examinations of issues that especially affect women.

Mary Carson, TextileArtist.Org, December 2018


Ctrl/Shift: New Directions in Textile Art, Exhibition catalogue (Oct)

Nothing Less! 100 Years of Women’s Suffrage, Exhibition brochure (Oct, p4)

The Vlieseline Fine Art Textiles Award, Exhibition catalogue (Oct, p22)

East Midlands Mental Health Service Innovators Conference 2019, First Steps booklet (Sep)

School of Stitched Textiles, ‘Caren Garfen: Putting the Text into Textiles’ (published 17 Jul) LINK:

Be Creative with Workbox, CBe meets Caren Garfen, ‘Create in Miniature’ (Jul issue, p.20-23)

X Stitch magazine, Artist Profile - Caren Garfen, ‘Thinking Small’ (Jul online issue, p.66-69)

Carillon Radio, Health and Wellbeing, ‘Wise Words’, Radio interview (12 May, 17:49-17:52)

Envision Art Show Magazine, ‘What’s Going On Upstairs’ (9 May) :LINK, Threaded: a fiber & textiles collection (3 May) :LINK

Surface Design Journal, ‘On Display’, Domestic Spaces, (Spring Issue)

14th International London Eating Disorder Conference, Handbook (20-22 Mar, p.90-91)

Crafts, Preview, Ctrl/Shift (Issue 276, Jan/Feb, p.4-5)

Embroidery, Exhibitions, ‘Suffrage’, Ellen Bell (Vol.70, Jan/Feb, p.54)


Caren Garfen: From Conception to Creation, Mary Carson, (24 Dec) :LINK

What’s Going On Upstairs Exhibition, Arnold’s Attic, interview, YouTube (posted 13 Dec) :LINK

Embroidery, Profile, ‘A touch on the small side’, Ellen Bell (Vol.69, Nov/Dec, p.24-29)

Caren Garfen - UDHR Article 11, #UDHR Quilt Project, (Oct 28) :LINK

Craft Business, Editorial blog, ‘Tackling difficult subjects with needle and thread’ (3 Oct) :LINK

Suffrage, A Llantarnam Grange Arts Centre Exhibition catalogue, (published 1 Oct, p.48-53) :LINK

62 Group Autumn Newsletter, Members News (published 1 Sep)

Selvedge blog post, ‘What’s Going On Upstairs’, Jessica Edney (13 Aug) :LINK

Text, The Textile Society Journal, Professional Development Award 2017, 'What's Going On Upstairs' (Vol.45, p.57-58)

Axisweb, Highlights of the Week, 'Heartfelt' (23-27 Jul)

Stories in Stitches: Reimagining Jane Austen's Quilt, ed. L Bailey, E Betts & S Dell (Mar, p.39) :LINK

Axisweb, Category of the Week: Arts in Health, 'Room for Improvement' (5-12 Mar) 

British Patchwork & Quilting, The Jane Austen Community Quilt - An Update, Lucy Bailey (Jan, Issue 288, p.40-43)


One Year On Alumni Interviews,, blogspot (24 Jan)

13th International London Eating Disorder Conference, Handbook (22-24 Mar, p.64)

Popular Patchwork, Feature: 'One of a Kind', (Aug issue, p.60-63)                                                                                                                       


Selvedge magazine, View, The Wit of the Stitch (Nov, Issue 73, p.86)
Embroidery magazine, Review, The Wit of the Stitch (Sep/Oct, p.57)
Textile Nature, Anne Kelly, Batsford Books (Aug, p.104-105)
Embroidery magazine, News (May/June, p.13)
Contemporary Stitch Volume 2, e-book, Resources (Apr)
New Directions, Exhibooks Art Book Publisher (Apr, p.66-69)
Workbox magazine, 'Writing Textile Nature', Anne Kelly, image (Apr, p.31)
Art That Inspires Caren (5 Feb) :LINK                                                                                                                    


The State of Art: Installation & Site Specific No.2, Bare Hill Publishing, book (Oct, p.98-101)
Feast Artist Feature: Caren Garfen, (Jul) :LINK
Embroidery magazine, 'What a waste' (Jul/Aug, p.14-15)
Reel Lives of Saltaire Women, Colin Coates, (Jun) :LINK
She Was Cooking Something Up, Interview and film, Jared Peysner (13 Apr) :LINK House of Coco, 'Creative Spotlight: Caren Garfen' (23 Feb) :LINK
Embroidery magazine, 'The Accidental Curator' (images), (Jan/Feb, p.48 & 49)


Research Showcase: Tennyson Transformed, University of Lincoln, Youtube (8 Jan) :LINK
Embroidery magazine, Exhibition Review, Cloth and Memory 2 (Jan/Feb, p.56)
Embroidery magazine, Exhibition Review, On My Mother's Knee (Mar/Apr, p.54)
Construct, Ruthin Publication, catalogue (April, p.10-15 & 21)
Stroud News & Journal, 'Artist stitches a story of heiress's suffering' (23 April, p.46)
Embroidery magazine, Preview, Selected (May/Jun, p.15)
Wales Arts Review, 'Construct' by Adam Somerset (Jun, Vol.3, Issue 11)
The Cutting (& Stitching) Edge - Caren Garfen, Jamie Chalmers, mr x stitch, on-line (21 Aug) :LINK
The Knitting & Stitching Show Guide (Oct-Nov, p.12)
Textileart Around the World, Ellen Bakker, Textile-link, book (Oct)
Exhibitions, K&S, Alexandra Palace, Workshop on the Web, Newsletter (Dec, p.8)


Crafts magazine, Crafts Guide, image (May/Jun, p.85)
Embroidery magazine, Preview, Cloth and Memory 2 (Jul/Aug, p.8)
Cloth & Memory (2013) :LINK (08:10 - 09:44)
An exhibition at Salts Mill, Cloth and Memory 2, (Aug)
New exhibition on fabric at Salts Mill, the (12 Aug)
Arts Council & UCA Explores Cloth & Memory, image (12 Aug)
Cloth & Memory 2, edited by Prof Lesley Millar, Salts Estates Ltd, book (Aug, p.50-53)
A gripping yarn of Salts mill's girls, Emma Clayton, Telegraph & Argus (15 Aug, p.22-23)
Cloth & Memory 2, BBC TV Look North, Cathy Killick (15 Aug)
Text in Textile Art, Sara Impey, Anova Batford, book (Aug, p.42,50,56,94,102)
Unsung heroes of textile mills, Emma Clayton, Telegraph & Argus (27 Aug, p.33) 
Textile Forum, 'Cloth & Memory 2' (Sep-Nov, p.20)
Handcraft of the World, Quilts Japan (Oct/Nov, Issue 155, p.60-61)
Stitch magazine, From Sketch to Stitch (Oct/Nov, Issue 85, p.30-33)
On My Mother's Knee, online exhibition catalogue,  (Nov, p.33-36) :LINK


Interview with Caren Garfen: The Need to Spread my Wings, Joe Pitcher, (Dec) :LINK
Inspired London: A Guide to Handmade, Mary McDermott, We Make London (Nov, p.40)
Textiles, The Art of Mankind, Mary Schoeser, Thames & Hudson, image (Nov, p.345)
Hand Stitch Perspectives, Alice Kettle & Jane McKeating, Bloomsbury (Oct, p.126-128)
Royal Academy of Arts, 'Caren Garfen: Work of the Week', video (19-26 Aug)
Embroidery magazine, 'Learning Curve' (Jul/Aug, p.42-45)
Radical Thread, Professor Lesley Millar MBE (ed.), Direct Design Books (Jan, p.48-49)
Embroidery Magazine, 'Radical Threads' by Jae Maries, image (Vol.63, Jan/Feb, p.36)


Celebrity Paws - The Exhibition, Cats Protection catalogue (Dec, p.5)
Handmade in Britain,'Caren Garfen - Self-proclaimed perfectionist', Vivays Pub, (Oct, p.124-5)
‘Diana Springall, A Brave Eye’, by June Hill, A&C Black, book (Oct, p.135)
Women, wit and daily life: Caren Garfen, by Kitty Kilian (Aug)
International Exhibition of Mini Textile Art 2011, exhibition cd (Jun, p.25)
Designer Crafts at The Mall, Society of Designer Craftsmen exhibition catalogue (Jan, p.58)


Indoor magazine, 'Caren Garfen - Peace is the Greatest Happiness', Jian Xiao (Nov, p.56-59)
Embroidery magazine, 'The Hand Stitcher's Tale' by Susie Johns (Vol.61, Sep/Oct, p.38-43)
Made not Manufactured, Origin exhibition catalogue (Sep, p.21)
A Dartboard for Witches, exhibition catalogue (Jul, p.1 & p.6)
Time and Space, AA2A Digital Publication, (May, p.38-39)
Crafts magazine, 'Avoiding the pitfalls of patchwork' by Mary Schoeser (No.224, May/Jun, p.58)
Quilts 1700-2010 exhibition at the V&A, (31 Mar)
YouTube-vamuseum's Channel: Caren Garfen: How many times do I have to repeat myself (Mar) :LINK
Financial Times, House & Home, 'The riches of stitches' by Nicole Swengley (13 Mar, p.6)
Quilts 1700-2010 - Hidden Histories, Untold Stories, ed. Sue Prichard, V&A book (Mar, p.196)
Crafts magazine, 'Rags and Riches' by Sue Prichard (No.223, Mar/Apr, p.50)
Telegraph magazine, 'Cover Stories' by Naomi West (27 Feb p.47)
Sewing - Inspiring People: Caren Garfen by Ali Binns, (Feb)
Quilts 1700-2010, V&A Blog, 'A Room of One's Own' by Sue Prichard, (Feb)
Contact, Embroiderers' Guild magazine, 'Quilts Show at V&A' (Issue 24, Spring, p.3)
62 Group Newsletter, 'How many times do I have to repeat myself' (Jan, Issue No.21, p.16-17


Embroidery magazine, 'Bending the Line', Exhibition Review (Vol.60, Nov/Dec, p.57)
Crafts magazine, 'Breaking not bending - the limits of art' (No.220, Sept-Oct, p.58)
Bending the Line, 62 Group exhibition catalogue (p.18)
Sewing World magazine, 'Boxing Clever and The Art of the Domestic' (May issue, p.16-19)
An Embroiderer's Eye, Diana Springall & Dr Jessica Hemmings, Silk Heritage Trust (cover & p.32) :LINK
Contact, Embroiderers' Guild magazine (Issue 21, p.3)
Designer Crafts at The Mall 2009, Society of Designer Craftsmen exhibition catalogue (Jan, p.52)


Signs and Symbols, M Hampshire & K Stephenson, Rotovision, book (p.115)
Surface Design Journal, 'Stitching Statements' by Dr J Hemmings (Vol.33, No.1, Fall, p.20-25)
Embroidery magazine, 'Embroiderers' Guild Scholars 2008' (Vol.59, Sep/Oct, p.28-29)
The Knitting and Stitching Show Souvenir Guide, 'E G Scholar: Caren Garfen' (Sep - Nov, p.22)
Design Week, Cover Story 'Needle point - Caren Garfen on gender roles' (Vol.23, 17 Jul, p.13) :LINK
Art of the Stitch, catalogue (p.18)
Stitch magazine, 'Its Show Time!' (No.51, Feb/Mar, p.16)
British Satellite News,, interview,' British Design Crafts live in London Gallery' (24 Jan)
Wallpaper magazine, Graduate Directory (No.106, Jan, p.97)


Financial Times, House & Home - Design (Dec 8/9, p.11)


Embroidery magazine, 'Placement Sampling' (Vol.57, Sep/Oct, p.30-32)