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Artist | Maker Profile: Caroline Dear

Posted on: Monday, January 06, 2014

Entwined/suainte project by Caroline Dear | featuring 100 ropes from 50 (local) plants

I have been doing a bit of research lately on braiding, rope-making, and twining techniques, and during this process came across the work of Isle of Skye based artist, Caroline Dear.

"Displayed on the gallery wall, the seasonal progression of this work reads like a large scale three dimensional drawing, with variations of texture, hue and line allowing the unique qualities of each plant to be contemplated. The range and subtlety of colour, affected by natural processes of growth and decay and the progression of light across the Northern landscape, positions the work in terms of geography, while the tagging of each piece classified scientifically presents vital elements within a unique ecosystem." –

There is also an inspiring video on the artist's process viewable here.

Another find includes this timeline overview of the history of rope-making featured on Low Tech Magazine.

Top image courtesy of the artist.


Anonymous said...

BEautiful blog.
You might be interested in the work out Helle Jorgensen in Australia.

Cheers, Julia.

Abigail Doan said...

Thank you, Julia! Oh, yes, I have been following Helle's work for some time. She is truly a force and one of my favorites, for sure!

Thank you for sharing ~ A.

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