1988 Carolyn was employed by Vision Australia to develop and adapt crafts from within the community for vision impaired people. Introduced crafts included felt making, silk painting, fabric marbling, natural basketry, stencilling, decoupage, spinning and weaving. She was awarded the Weekly Times Award in 1990 for the Most Original Woollen Article with an Australian Design at the Melbourne Sheep and Woolcraft Show for a hand knitted and hand spun jumper using natural fleeces and eco plant dyes. She participated in a variety of workshops including Natural Basketry, Felt making and Silk painting with Colleen Weste. It was a workshop with Colleen that sparked Carolyn’s interest in silk painting. Other workshops followed including using wax resist, Arashi Shirbori and Indigo Dying.
She has completed several large cross stitch works commissioned by Artafact Gallery, Ballarat. These included “Fairy Angel” from the Told in the Garden Series and “A Dutch Beauty” a 1790 sampler which measured nearly 2 metres long and “The Horses of Neptune” based on an impressionist painting by Walter Crane In 2005 and 2006 She was selected to exhibit in the Victorian Craft Council – Scarves Alive Exhibitions.
She has successfully exhibited in the Ballarat Craft Council – Scarves and Accessories Exhibition 2004 – 2009. The Ballarat Textile Group Exhibitions Fibre with Flair (2005), Celebration of Fibre (2007), Kaleidoscope of Dancing Threads (2008) and Under the Sea (2011). Held her first solo exhibition was held in 2012 at the Skipton Gallery Skipton which as a resounding success.
2013 She was selected for both the Grafted and Botanica Exhibitions held at Red Rock Regional Theatre & Gallery, Cororooke
2014 Exhibited in Tactile Pleasure Exhibition Apollo Bay
Her works have previously been available at The Upholstery Gallery, Ballarat, Oasis Gallery, Elmhurst, Tourist Information Centre, Ballarat, Gellibrand River Gallery, Gellibrand, Skipton Gallery and Cafe Skipton and Moondallah Gallery and Café, Derwent Jacks
Carolyn’s other interests include her Sea Dragon Sculptures, Cross Stitch, Basketry – using natural fibres, Felt making, Spinning, Knitting and collecting Australian Art.
Carolyn’s focus has now shifted to the exploration and experimentation of fabric marbling and indigo dyeing however silk painting will remain her first addiction as she continues to explore ways in which to manipulate colour, texture and design