Room for Improvement

Currently on display at The National Centre for Craft and Design


“Caren Garfen’s work engages with the story of women’s handwork in the home, where feminine stitch signified a well-bred and socially advantaged environment. Evidence of her time spent on hand sewing has changed in its significance; careful stitches are transformed from a signifier of submission and routine labour to a political statement.”

Eve Ropek, curator of The Dartboard for Witches exhibition


Caren Garfen specialises in textiles and hand stitch, focussing on gender politics and women’s issues in the twenty-first century.

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'Under Pressure' investigates the profound difficulties of a parent and a sick child living with an eating disorder.

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