Caroll was born in Austria and was encouraged creatively as a child.
She draws her inspiration
She likes to explore random patterns, form and line, and generally works in colours drawn from the Earth.
Caroll's textiles generally fall into the "more is more" category, where shifting colours, textures and patterns invite close and sensual engagement.
She has lived in Canberra since 1960. In the mid-1990s, she began' working in a variety of textile areas, including felt making, silk and leather as well as machine embroidery and embellishment.
Her work has been included in numerous exhibitions in Australia and overseas.
Bridal Piece description
Timely refers to 'things of the moment' but also to 'things of another time that have again became pertinate and fashionable'. This is a word very suitable to cotton - it is timely. This ensemble is made from first class 100% cotton organza, at once sturdy but delicate, displaying an old fashioned charm in a thoroughly modern style. The permissible 10% of fabric other than cotton I have used for pure silk lining. The design the garment's embellishments is based on the cotton plant. The history of the plant also repeats the timely theme.
Booroomba Rocks - artist's description
Booroomba Rocks not far from the Honeysuckle Space Tracking Station near Canberra, are one of the marvels of the natural countryside in and around the ACT. A gigantic cliff face of great rocks, falling deep into a tree filled valley behind Tharwa.
A small section of the sweeping views from the top of this cliff face has been used to forŪ the centre piece of this panel. Silk painting, layering techniques, and machine embroidery were used.
Around this. a frame of semi-three-dimensional features invite to wander among the 'Rocks', which are those so very typically Australian huge and ancient boulders, interspersed with unruly gumtrees, shrubs, and grasses. The ramble takes one to the very edge of the cliff face.
A third frame of heavily machine embroidered silk paper was added to contain the whole.
Techniques used: Silk painting, silk paper making, fabric manipulation, layering, 3 D work, machine and hand embroidery, overpainting.
"I have often thought that our busy time consuming lifestyle is what amounts to our own portcullis. We drop it before and/or behind us so that we may only be able to glance briefly at our own surrounds while we rush from problem to crisis, and passers by are more shadows. We have made ourselves into prisoners of haste, nearly blind and therefore poorer."
'Bygone Yass' from a newspaper report -
"That's when I found this gem - Jim Field's cottage in Laidlaw Street," Caroll said. "It stood there, derelict, in its small piece of overgrown ex-garden, literally falling to bits, but with striking paintwork on door and windows in very good condition. It was to my eyes still very beautiful. I fell in love with it, and I was very lucky to have seen it then and taken pictures.
"That was the piece of work I was going to produce, named 'Bygone Yass'. An apt title as sadly the cottage was shortly afterwards knocked down."
Describing the materials and techniques used, Caroll said "I felt only the
subtleness of silk would do justice to this
lovely piece of nostalgia. So it was created from numerous layers of different
silks, hand painted of course. These are
Dupion silk, Habutai and organza. The
material for the outer frame is satin
backed Dupion Silk; this though was shop
bought. Lots of machine stitching layering, overstitching, more layering, more
overstitching went into the making which
was deliberately done on a very lightweight stabiliser without a hoop, so that
puckering would occur and so enhance
the derelict look.