about carol grave

I am mostly a studio weaver of rugs, wall hangings, clothing and accessories. My palette tends to be hot, my surfaces textural. I have been called a yarn junkie, but I think of my studio as a creative mess with its stashes of yarn, fabric, buttons, found objects, dyes and paints, old T-shirts, jeans, tweed jackets and neckties.

All these elements want to be something new, to be transformed in some way. Initially, I was drawn to the symmetry and mathematical discipline of weaving and knitting, but more and more I want to push the structure, soften the edges, break up the vertical and horizontal and combine techniques. My studio now shows fabric collages, “quilts,” necktie art. I have recently added dyeing, painting, photo transfer and felting techniques to my work.

With two looms, a serger, a fabulous sewing machine and an outdoor dye vat, I can mix it up. There are a few practical genes in my make-up so I tend to make things that are functional as well as tactile and visual: rugs, art panels that double as thermal shades, clothing, accessories, soft throws or shawls. I love to recycle clothing into rugs; mix photos and clothing into “memory pieces.”

I have studied at Penland School of Craft, North Carolina; Haystack, Deer Isle, Maine; Brookfield Craft Center, Ridgefield, CT; Guilford Arts Center and Creative Arts Workshop, New Haven County, CT. My work is in many private collections, at Smilow Cancer Center and Calvin Hill Nursery School, New Haven, CT. Work is shown at Creative Arts Workshop, Guilford Art Center, New Haven Lawn Club, Willoughby Wallace Memorial and Guilford libraries.

Carol Grave Fabric 1 Fabric 2