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Carole Waller Handpainted Cotton Shirt “Container” Mint


Carole Waller is a fine art painter who specializes in painting with fabric dye directly onto cloth for the purpose of making completely unique painted clothing. What differentiates her work is the contemporary voice that she brings to her work, mining her interior mind, combining influences from her late artist husband and partner, Gary Wood. The power of words is infused in her work, along with a richness of color that defines each piece. Carole began making wearables in 1986, and as happens with many artists, time passes and the work becomes more about abstraction than shape. She trained in painting at Canterbury College of Art, followed by achieving an MA at Cranbrook Academy of Art near Detroit. Her work is featured in many books on contemporary textiles and is found in museums such as the V&A, private collections and contemporary galleries internationally. We have worked with Carole for about 15-20 years.

• Button down, standing collar, long sleeve cotton shirt

• Handpainted on white background in mint green, grey and black

• 44″ around at bust, 31.5″ long; best fits sizes 10-12

• From Carole

“The word ‘Container’ implies the way that cloth surrounds and wraps us in colour and meaning. Images, brushmarks and words are multilayered with colours changing as they are overlayed. Lines of poetry are layered over each other like memories and can sometimes be read – sometimes not. The last line of one of his poems reads ‘Fill your house with delight’ – and I hope this will fill your wardrobe with light and colour.

This collection of original painted clothes and scarves incorporates snippets of poetry and the texture of clay artworks by Gary Wood. The ‘Container’ idea came from Gary’s use of a small square frame which he pressed into clay to make shapes in his wallpieces. I used them as a screenprint in this group of pieces to allow a containment for colour and shape, to bring in texture and structure, and to allow me to make a really dense layering of image and text.”

Recommend cold water hand-wash and hang to dry, or dry cleaning

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