Caroline Parrott
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Caroline graduated from Bournemouth University in 2010 with a First Class Honours degree in Applied Art and Design, she began working in her chosen medium of anodised aluminium in 2007. Caroline hand prints with her own unique designs created by developing potato prints in to sketches and then
enhancing them in photoshop, these are then made in to printing blocks using a light sensitive resin. She then dyes using industrial dyes and powder paints to vibrant effect to create a range of jewellery, home and garden accents and sculpture.
Caroline is constantly inspired by the beautiful Dorset Countryside it’s flora, fauna, insects and animals. She runs her business as a maker alongside working as arts education manager at a popular contemporary craft venue in Dorset. This combination of pursuits has led Caroline to develop her role as a workshop tutor, she now runs regular creative classes using colourful aluminium, as well as outreach work and community projects with local schools and children’s groups. Projects have included giant swarms of butterflies
adorning public spaces and school grounds, and laser cut designs hung in the garden of a children’s hospice.
Caroline was pleased to be selected to be part of the Fresh Air sculpture exhibition at Quenington in Gloucestershire during 2013 and 2015, this has opened up a whole new area to her creative designs and the opportunity to work on a much larger scale - something she is keen to develop further.
She is keen to continue to develop her jewellery range taking
inspiration from a wide variety of plants including Old Mans Beard and Bluebells.

Exhibitions

Stockists:

Walford Mill Crafts, Wimborne, Dorset
Victoria Fearn Gallery, Cardiff, Wales
Shire Hall Gallery, Staffordshire County Council, Staffs
Cove Gallery, Weymouth, Dorset
303 Gallery, Martock, Somerset
Every Cloud Boutique, Dorchester, Dorset
Cambridge Contemporary Crafts, Cambridge
Fisherton Mill, Salisbury, Wiltshire

2015
Guest Maker, August and September, The Devon Guild of Craftsmen
Fresh Air Sculpture 2015, Quenington, Gloucestershire

2014
Pop-Up Dorset, Portland
Make 2015, Devon Guild of Craftsment
Postcards from the Path, September touring through to May 2015, Devon Guild of Craftsmen
Affordable Art Installation - 23 June to 3 August, Prema, Uley, Gloucestershire
Dorset Art Weeks - 24 May to 8 June, The Belvedere, Durlston Castle, Swanage, Dorset
Unfold - Exploring the Nature of Collaboration - 5 April to 18 May, Walford Mill Crafts, Wimborne, Dorset
Awaken Craft Show - 13 March to 16 March, Kingston Country Courtyard, Swanage, Dorset

2013
Inspire - 30 October to 5 January, Walford Mill Crafts, Wimborne, Dorset
The Journey - Mending - 14 September to 27th October, Walford Mill Crafts, Wimborne, Dorset
Circles - 27 July to 8 September, Walford Mill Crafts, Wimborne, Dorset
Fresh Air 2013 - 15 June to 7 July, The Old Rectory, Quenington, Cirencester
Summer Exhibition - July/August, Victoria Fearn Gallery, Cardiff
Mapping the Way - 20 April to 2 June, Walford Mill Crafts, Wimborne, Dorset

2012
Make - 17 November to 31 December, The Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Bovey Tracey
Christmas at Heart - 4 November to 31 December, Heart Gallery, Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire
PopUp Dorset - 21 July to 31 August, St George Church, Portland, Dorset
Summer Showcase - 10 June to 2 September, Heart Gallery, Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire
Dorset Art Weeks - 19 May to 17 June, Gallery on the Square, Poundbury, Dorset
Charity Plant Fair - 19 May, Yarlington House, Nr Wincanton, Somerset
Jewellery Exhibition - 12 May to 30 June, Victoria Fearn Gallery, Rhiwbina, Cardiff
Charity Plant Fair - 6 May, Digby Hall, Sherborne, Dorset
Charity Plant Fair - 22 April, Herringston House, Nr Dorchester, Dorset
Make 52 - 21 April to 10 June, Walford Mill Crafts, Wimborne, Dorset
Charity Plant Fair - 15 April Mapperton, Nr Beaminster, Dorset
Charity Plant Fair - 8 April, Breamore House, Nr Fordingbridge, Hampshire
Handmade, Manmade - 7 January to 14 February, Gallery on the Square, Poundbury, Dorset

2011
Debby Kirby and Caroline Parrott Collaboration - November & December, The Bistro, Walford Mill Crafts, Wimborne, Dorset
Create 2011 - 17 & 18 September, Walford Mill Crafts, Wimborne, Dorset
Interact - 6 August to 18 September, Walford Mill Crafts, Wimborne, Dorset
Kaleidoscope V - July to Present, Moors Valley Country Park, Dorset
Kaleidoscope III - July to Present, Walford Mill Crafts, Wimborne, Dorset
Kaleidoscope IV 'Leido', Pride in Bournemouth - June to September, Bournemouth Town Centre, Dorset
Lost For Words - 2 April to 8 May, Walford Mill Crafts, Wimborne, Dorset

2010
Hidden Treasures - 29 October to 25 December, Walford Mill Crafts, Wimborne, Dorset
Create 2010 - 2 and 3 October, Walford Mill Crafts, Wimborne, Dorset
Garden of Delights - 31 July to 5 September, Walford Mill Crafts, Wimborne, Dorset
Butterfly Installation - 25 July to Present, Durlston Country Park, Swanage, Dorset
New Designers - 1 to 4 July, The Business Design Centre, London
BA Hons Degree Show - June, The Kube, Poole, Dorset
Automata: An Uncanny Curiosity - 22 March to 15 May, Arts Centre Washington, Sunderland
Making It - 27 February to 28 March, Walford Mill Crafts, Wimborne, Dorset

2009
Create Contemporary Craft Show - 7 to 9 August, Walford Mill Crafts, Wimborne, Dorset
Get Fresh - 17 January to 1 March, The Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Bovey Tracey, Devon

2008
Garden of Delights - 11 to 13 December, Blandford Forum, Dorset
Winter Exhibition - 20 November to 3 January, The Atrium, Bournemouth University
Ecology Meets Craft - 26 July to 7 September, Walford Mill Crafts, Wimborne, Dorset
Arts Poole Open Exhibition - 5 to 13 July, The Peacock Gallery, Upton Country Park, Poole, Dorset
The Degree Show - 21 to 28 June, The Study Gallery, Poole, Dorset
Create Contemporary Craft Show - 9 to 11 May, Walford Mill Crafts, Wimborne, Dorset
Spring Exhibition - 20 March to 7 June, The Staff Common Room, Bournemouth University

Biography

As a child at home I was surrounded by creativity, my mother a keen textile artist, enthusiastically launched herself down many avenues allowing my sister and I to join her in trying the new techniques. My father a Senior Design Engineer for the RNLI, also trained in boat building and so was able to build my mum the appropriate piece of equipment for each new activity.

I remember when we were very young and insisted on getting in the way my dad would take off up the road to the local supermarket and return with the best quality cardboard boxes he could find. He would then proceed to build our entertainment - a Sindy house, a spaceship, there was nothing he couldn’t construct from a box.

At school I studied art and textiles, always keen to think big, be adventurous and add a little humour to my work. Following my A levels I chose not to go straight into higher education but instead get some valuable work experience. I took an apprenticeship with a large publishing company who trained me in graphic design whilst I attended college to complete a City in Guilds in the same subject, the job ended up lasting for over eight years. Outside of work hours I became addicted to learning different craft skills from stone carving to copper work, I arranged a workshop for almost every weekend.

Finally it was time to make a change. By chance I had seen an advert for a brand new Applied Art Degree to be held at a local college. The three year Degree would start me on the road to something I’d always dreamt of, becoming a maker. In order to subsidise myself during the course I took a part time administrative job at a local contemporary craft gallery, Walford Mill Crafts.

Thrown in the deep end quite literally my knowledge of the job grew quickly leading me to achieve the role of Education Officer in little over a year. As an enthusiast for the world of applied arts the role allowed me to research new makers, developing a lively workshop programme for all ages and also work with children from schools and different sections of the community on outreach projects, multicultural events and arts based activities.