Caroline Kaufman’s work investigates craft as it relates to human relationships. A visceral process-based practice with fiber explores the interaction between color, texture, and pattern. This process considers the unconscious ways we create as children, investigating how these childlike unadulterated ideas develop through community and aesthetic influence.

Through her art, Caroline examines nostalgia, childhood methods of creating, and the way in which memory shape shifts over time. Caroline taps into her synesthesia as well as an instinctual relationship with color to translate daydreams into abstract color patterns. Each piece is composed by painting with fiber — weaving and knitting layers of yarn through fabric — allowing the material and color process to dictate the design.

Recently, this practice has expanded by experimenting with a new piece of equipment: an antique tufting gun. At Varda, Caroline will use this tool to knot fiber through a monks cloth backing on a large frame loom, taking her love of ‘painting with yarn’ to a new level. The tufting process uses a large amount of material. In an effort to minimize waste, most of the materials used come from the dead-stock of several local factories.