4 artists Saari Finland

I spent three weeks in June 2018 with artist’s; Heli Kontinnen, Kimmo Ylönnen and Leon Patchett at the  Saari residence   in South West Finland. Our project is investigating water in all its many manifestations. As part of this we did a community workshop building a waterwheel from found materials.

As part of ATLAS Editions, I was commissioned to create a limited edition artwork that reflects my long-held interest in the plant life of the Isle of Skye. I was inspired by Britain’s only deciduous grass, known as purple moor-grass, Molinia caerulea in Latin and Fianach in Gaelic.

Caroline Dear MA books

Started an MA – Art and Social Practice with the Centre for Rural Creativity, Shetland UHI.  Enjoying this course delivered online, a few books to whet my appetite… and an image from a small project that I did recently as part of this.

Caroline Dear ropes for dovecot

Getting the ropes sorted for the evening event with Hanna Tuulikki and Mischa Macpherson. We’ll be doing a performance of spinning-in-stereo on Monday 18th December at Dovecot Studios  – This event is part of the Daughters of Penelope exhibition.

Caroline Dear - ladhe source - water - denmark

Looking forward to being on a residency for the whole of September in Denmark at Thurup hus with three other artists, Leon Patchett, Kimmo Ylönnen, Heli Konttinen

We are looking at the importance of water for us as a species. This is the start of a 2 to 3 year project.

Caroline Dear’s work will be featured as part of the exhibition  Daughters of Penelope at the Dovecot Studio, Edinburgh from 20th July 2017 –  20th January 2018.

Caroline Dear - Heather Footprints

Caroline Dear’s ‘heather footprints’ are going on a journey.   The Flow Country  exhibition on tour celebrates the peat lands of the flow country
in the North of Scotland.  The exhibition begins its journey at Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh  on 15th June – 25th September 2017.

Caroline Dear will be running the workshop:  at  IMAG on 15 July 2017 10:30 – 15:30.  The Thread, Rope and String workshop is supporting the Valhalla – Life and Death in Viking Britain exhibition and will teach the basics of how the Vikings held things together.   To book a place on this adult workshop, please telephone 01463 237114 or email Inverness Museum

My work will be part of the exhibition ‘Imprints of time’ at The Glenview, Skye, with Kirsty Faulds and Alison McLaggan – 1st May to 2nd June 2017.  This exhibition has been inspired by The Glenview and it’s surroundings: the changes through time, the people, the environment and the history.


Delivering the upcoming workshop: ‘Binding, coiling and rope-making using local plants’ at An Lanntair, Stornoway, to accompany the Naked Craft exhibition Thursday 20th and Friday 21st April 2017.  Naked craft network

My work’s been featured in the latest Dark Mountain issue No.9

Here’s a link to relevant pages Trolltinn? and Encircled by gold, which were featured in Dark Mountain.

Pleased to be flora Artist in Residence at Llantarnam Grange Arts Centre from January to March 2016.

Caroline Dear woven Birch

I have received a Skye & Lochalsh Talent Development Initiative Award from ATLAS toward exploring the connections between plants and traditional techniques for making wearable items. 2016.

Working with Hanna Tuulikki making the costumes for “Women on the Hill” commissioned by ATLAS. This is a one off outdoor performance on Skye, with three characters: Cailleach, Bride and Woman. 31st October 2015.

Caroline Dear Mantle, Dandelion


The mantles from the Encircled by Gold exhibition have been selected to show at Spring Select 2015 as part of SITselect of Stroud International Textiles.  The work developed over a period of years researching an archaeological site on the Isle of Skye. For the exhibition I developed a series of three mantles using plants associated with Brigid, namesake of the site.  I produced a book which elaborates on the story – which can be purchased here.

Caroline Dear Shawl detail

My work has been selected to be part of the Naked Craft exhibition touring Canada and Scotland from 2015.

Caroline Dear woven stone

Looking forward to giving a talk at ATLAS about my work.  This talk will form part of the Talking Art Series 2014.