Caroline Forde Textile Work 1

As a multidisciplinary artist I explore inherent qualities of different textile materials, sometimes in combination with other materials and objects. In my work, I purposefully reference Canadian climate, topography, local flora, fauna and the idea of the ‘mystic north’.

My work is influenced by traditional textile processes involving dying, printmaking and weaving. Choosing to work with natural dyes stems from a fixation towards complex colour pallets and traditional dyeing techniques. As humans we continue to seek direct experiences with nature and hands-on connections with objects. This is evident in the rise of ‘green’ and ‘local’ movements such as DIY and slow fashion. These movements promote a more symbiotic relationship with the creation of textiles from soil to sewing machine. Through research and material exploration, I aim to incorporate sustainability and craftsmanship into sensible, sought-after objects.

I feel my practice is also defined by my teaching; I have been instructing sustainable textile workshops internationally and in Canada for three years to a wide range of audiences. Through working with and promoting the use of natural dyes, I hope to increase sustainable literacy and practices in artist studios and ultimately the textile industry.