Artist Bio

Caroline Burton is a fibre artist residing in New Zealand.  She creates abstract contemporary artworks using the medium of felted wool and silk fibres, often with three-dimensional sculptural elements.  Her work has a strong spiritual component, each piece being an expression of aspects of her faith and is inspired by natural forms. 

A relative newcomer to the world of art, Caroline originally trained and worked as an engineer.  Evidence of this previous training can be seen in some of her chosen subject matter: an obsession with geological forms and processes, for instance.  Through diligent practise, as she has made her way to becoming a self taught artist, Burton has found a passion for creating art that has totally enthralled her.

On her artistic journey, Caroline has discovered a passion not only for expressing her own innate creativity but also for encouraging others to discover and nurture their own. This has led her to become actively involved in events which foster the arts in her local area. She has also been invited to share her insights with various groups and loves to interact creatively with others through demonstrations of her process and workshops.

Artist Statement

My art practise is at once a celebration and an exploration.  Every time I make art, it is in celebration of the fundamental truth that I have discovered, which is as old as time: that I have been created with creativity in me.  At the same time, I am exploring creation itself; humanity, the vastness of the unseen parts of even the very ground beneath our feet.  These are the things that remind me that there is so much that we don’t, can’t, won’t know - because to know is to be God.  

The challenge of discovering ways to express these thoughts and explorations using fibres has proved compelling.  The process of sculpting and painting with unspun fibres fascinates me 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.  

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

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

Awards:

2018 Franklin Arts Festival, Textile Art

2017 Franklin Arts Festival, Textile Art

2016 Creative Fibre Felters Award

2016 Creative Fibre Fashion Award

Exhibitions

September 2018 - Curated Exhibition “The Cutting Edge: Freeing Textiles”, Arts In Oxford.

August 2018 - Estuary Arts and Ecology Award Exhibition of Finalists

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 to Current - Marketing and publicity for Franklin Arts Trail website and annual arts trail event.

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

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