Caroline at the opening of her exhibition, Created.  Behind her, His Substance.

Caroline at the opening of her exhibition, Created.  Behind her, His Substance.

Caroline Burton is a fibre artist residing in New Zealand.  She creates abstract contemporary artworks, often with three-dimensional sculptural elements.  Caroline's work has a strong spiritual component, each piece being an expression of aspects of her faith and inspired by natural forms.  A background in engineering has fuelled her fascination with three-dimensional structures and the relationships between different forms within an environment.  

"I find the process of sculpting with unspun fibres fascinating with every new piece that I create. There is an alchemy to the process of transforming wisps of fibre into something with form, structure and strength".

Feltmaking is an ancient art form which allows the artist to explore a subject in a unique way. Incredibly fragile at the outset of the process, becoming increasingly tactile and physical as the fibres intertwine and lock together. 

Caroline has become fascinated with the fragility and beauty of the fibre art in the early stages of the process.  She has recently developed a method of creating and capturing unique, ephemeral fibre art works which she reproduces as prints.

Where possible, Caroline uses fibre sourced from New Zealand flocks.  This is in keeping with her belief that we have a responsibility to use the resources that have been provided for us with care and consideration. 

 

Awards:

2017 Franklin Arts Festival, Textile Art

2016 Creative Fibre Felters Award

2016 Creative Fibre Fashion Award

 

Exhibitions

March 2018 - Curated exhibition "Renegotiating the Feminine Ideal", Tacit Gallery, Hamilton

January 2018 - Ministry of Art, Festival One

February 2017 - "Created", ArtsPost Galleries, Hamilton

November 2015 - "H2O", Franklin Arts Centre, Pukekohe

 

Bibliography

"National Fashion Parade 2016, Caroline Burton, First time entrant and award winner"  for Creative Fibre Magazine, June 2016    

"First-time entrant wins major awards at Fibrant Auckland National Festival", Natalie Polley, Waikato Times, 2 May 2016

"Heart Felt" by Cait McLennan Whyte, Fabricate Magazine, Issue 1, Spring 2016

"Artistic Impressions", World of interiors Magazine, March Edition, 2018

 

Professional Affiliations

2018 - Committee Member, Franklin Arts Festival, Pukekohe, New Zealand

2017 - Current - Curator, Ministry of Art Exhibition at the annual Festival One music and arts festival.