Fiber, Form, Function


Yarn, fabric, thread, found objects, dyes and paints, t-shirts and old jeans — these are just some of the things you’ll find at fiber artist Carol Grave’s studio. It’s number 17 on your Shoreline ArtsTrail map, located at 1298 Moose Hill Road in Guilford.

Why the collection of varied supplies? “All of these elements are waiting to be turned into rugs, quilts, wall hangings, afghans, clothing and accessories,” Carol explains. “The colors and texture excite me, and I can’t wait to make something new from something old.”

Carol has been a studio weaver for over 20 years, but the development of her craft began with sewing in the 10th grade and knitting in college. She learned to weave in her 20s.

“At first, I loved the symmetry and the mathematics of each discipline,” she says. “But, more and more, I want to push the structure, soften the edges, combine techniques.”

Today, the title “fiber artist” seems to best suit her. “Now, I’m exploring other textile forms: fabric collage, art quilts, photo transfer, dyeing and felting.”

But form follows function for this creative, experimental spirit. “Perhaps my practical gene causes me to make my pieces of art functional in some way, whether it’s a rug to tramp on, a shawl to cuddle in or simply a window shade with thermal properties.”

Carol is a founding member of the Shoreline ArtsTrail, which is celebrating its 11 year anniversary thanks to the solid foundation she created for us.

You can see some of Carol’s amazing work on her website. Or be sure to visit her studio during the Shoreline ArtsTrails Open Studios Weekend, November 17-18, 2012. For more information, visit

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– by Jen Payne, Words by Jen


New Work: Silk Scarf

This is work I started doing at Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina this summer. I got to study with two inspiring fabric artists who work in surface design. This silk scarf started out white, was resist dyed with one color and came out with four colors! Pretty much fun and often full of surprises…happy accidents.

©2012, Carol Grave

Friends & Company Restaurant Hosting Shoreline ArtsTrail Event and Exhibition

Please join me for a special Shoreline ArtsTrail event hosted by Madison’s Friends & Company Restaurant on Sunday, November 11 from 2:30 – 4:00 p.m. We’re celebrating the kick-off of Open Studios Weekend with this Opening Reception featuring my art, as well as that of other ArtsTrail members: Pat Miller, Jane Novick, Scott Paterson, Diana Perron, Pat Rist, Barbara Shulman-Kirwin, Sandy Spahr, Marjorie Sopkin, Maureen Squires, and Diane Wright! This is a great opportunity to preview this year’s Open Studios artists, sample some of Friends & Company signature offerings and enjoy a complimentary glass of wine.

This Friends & Company event kicks off the Shoreline ArtsTrail’s 11th annual Open Studios Weekend, November 17 and 18, 2012, with 47 participating artists in Branford, Guilford and Madison. The event is free and open to the public. Art will be on display and for sale through the month of November, with all proceeds directly benefiting the artists.

Please visit the Shoreline ArtsTrail website and its sister blog for more information.

Shoreline ArtsTrail Open Studios Weekend

November 17-18, 2012, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Be sure to stop by my studio during the 11th annual Open Studios Weekend, November 17 and 18, 2012. In total, 47 artists from Branford, Guilford, and Madison are participating in this two-day event, presenting works in cut paper, engraving, fiber, found objects, glass, goldsmithing, jewelry, metal, paint, pastels, photography, pottery, printmaking, sculpture, stained glass, and textiles.

I’m number 17 on the Shoreline ArtsTrail Map, which you can pick up at libraries, town halls and visitors’ centers in Branford, Guilford and Madison, as well as at the Guilford Art Center and the various studios.

Watch for the distinctive yellow “Open Studio” signs that point you to the artists and studios. For specific locations and more information about events, discount offers and participating artists, visit and its sister blog for more information.