Carole Bennett

I am a mixed media artist in that I am always experimenting and looking for different ways of working and using my art materials.  I would define myself as a painter, who also loves print and textiles – one interest influences the other, and I frequently combine all three in my work.  So a painted canvas may feature stitching, or block printing, or a felt wall hanging will be inspired by a previous painting.

I tend to work in a semi-abstract manner with colour, shapes, and pattern always a key factor.  My etchings, on the other hand,  focus on subject and line.  I am never short of ideas and subjects to paint – I have far more than I will ever have time to develop in my lifetime.

One great source of inspiration is my travels to India.  I adore Indian textiles – dyeing fabrics, indigo, block printing and embroidery, especially Kantha (simple running stitch) embroidery.  This past year I have continued to explore block printing techniques, and after a visit to the Gujarat region of India in November, I have begun to experiment with developing etchings from the many photographs that I have of the people living in rural villages.

I regularly exhibit my artwork and textiles and take part in Open Studio events, and I have exhibited my paintings with Silverdale Art Group for many years.  A number of people are keen collectors and I welcome commissions.

This year I will be exhibiting my paintings, etchings and some textiles. There will be giclee prints of my work and handmade cards available.  I will have my block printing workspace set up, and will be demonstrating throughout the weekend, and there will be the opportunity for visitors who wish to, to have a try at block printing.

I am delighted to be teaming up with Lin at her house and studio, and we both look forward to meeting everybody during the Art Trail weekend.

01524 822240