Caroline Dahl

18.75"X 26"
DMC Cotton Embroidery


9 3/8" x11 1/4" x1"
DMC Cotton Embroidery and Kreinik metallic braid

Kreinik metallic embroidery

1972 BA, University of Kentucky, English Literature
Self-taught, Needle Arts

Selected Exhibitions
2004 Fiberart International - Biennial Exhibition of Contemporary Fiberart, Pittsburgh, PA
2003 New Work by Caroline Dahl, Swanson-Reed Gallery, Louisville, KY
  Language Arts: Text as Imagery, 5-person Invitational Show, San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles, San Jose CA.
2001 La Petite IX, Alder Gallery, Coburg, OR
  Art of the Stitch, Embroiderer's Guild of London, International Open Exhibition, London and Birkenhead, England. Kreinik Award.
  Featured Artist, Swanson Cralle Gallery, in conjunction with lecture and slide presentation for the Art Dept. of the University of Louisville, KY
  Fantastic Fibers National Juried Show, Yeiser Art Center, Paducah, KY
  Telos International Juried Textile Art Postcard Exhibition, Kyoto, Japan, Australian National University, Canberra, England and Holland.

Selected Publications
Craft of Northern California, Alcove Books, 2003.
American Craft Magazine, Portfolio section, Aug-Sept., 1997
Celebrating the Stitch: Contemporary Embroidery of North American, by Barbara Smith, Taunton Press, 1991
Fiberarts Design Books 3 and 4, Lark Books, 1987 and 1991

When you graduate with a B.A. in English, as I did, the time eventually comes when you say, "Now what?" My answer to that questions, after a period of several frantic, tangled years, about which the less is said is better, was to become a musician and textile artist.

I enjoy the balance of these two different activities. Textile art is a solitary, meditative pursuit, with visible results over time, while playing music is active, in the moment, and usually group oriented.

After starting out making quilts nearly thirty years ago, my textile work for the past twenty-five years has been primarily embroidery with more recent use of applique, piecework, and/or beading. I make contemporary narrative textiles that are very energetic with color and pattern. DMC embroidery floss and Kreinik metallic braid on cotton muslin are my materials of choice. My imagery comes from my observations of popular culture and from my experiences over time at my job as a piano player.

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