Carole King


About Carole

Following training at Homerton College in Cambridge and teaching in the south east I returned to education as a mature student, graduating in fine art from Surrey Institute of Art and Design, Farnham and moved to West Wales in 2004. Now, following my interests in painting, printmaking and bookbinding full time, I live just outside Newcastle Emlyn, with my partner Glenn Ibbitson (also a professional artist) and exhibit my work at ‘Artstream’ our own gallery in the town.

Coming from a family where we were encouraged to design and create (at 85 my father still makes and drives miniature steam engines), an interest in industrial machinery has been part of my life. Home-crafts such as sewing, knitting, model aeroplanes and paper, hot air balloons were all part of my life growing up in a tiny Buckinghamshire village.

While living in Surrey, I worked with other artists to form an artists co-operative to provide studio spaces, a print workshop and gallery which still flourishes. This provided an inspiring environment for my own work and interests to develop, especially silkscreen printing which is my favourite technique.

I am passionate about beautiful handcrafted objects and the individuality brought to objects through the maker’s skills. The weaving and spinning industry has already inspired several series of works, presented both as artists books and in two dimensional, mixed media formats.

I exhibit both in the UK and internationally, through galleries and online.

My work is held in private collections in the UK, Europe, USA, Japan and New Zealand.