Caroline Hands – Mixed Media Artist
I’ve been helping the lifelong mixed media artist Caroline Hands with her digital photographs and archiving her work so I went to the open studio event at Second Floor Studios near Greenwich to see her work in the flesh – paintings and textiles look a lot different than a digital copy so it was fantastic to see her work on walls!
This is Caroline Hands in her studio wishing that I wasn’t taking her photo, in this room she paints and has her textiles, sketches, hand cut copper hats! Most of her canvases however were in a second studio along the corridor. Caroline will be moving both room contents into a larger studio in June.
Her work space doesn’t usually have wine and snacks, this was just for the open studio weekend. I’m assuming this to be the case!
Caroline talking to a gallery owner about her work featured in many publications.
she has also had her work featured on a book cover:
Lost in Wonder: Rediscovering the Spiritual Art of Attentiveness Paperback – 26 Oct 2012 – Esther De Waal
She has lived and exhibited in many places around the world, ran many workshops and events – her work spans textiles (she sold painted scarfs to Liberties!) Batiks, metal work, lino cutting/printing including this book:
The Kilpeck Anthology Book
and these large cropper plates which she cut and shaped herself … this is my particular favourite:
Where to find Caroline Hands Work
Caroline is based at Studio 7DE101 Second Floor Studios & Arts Main Office TW-27 Harrington Way London SE18 5NR Tel:
You can see more of her work on her website www.carolinehands.co.uk
And her Makerhood Makerhood.com Caroline Hands profile page
you can see Caroline’s Film on her website as well: created by R&A Collaborations ‘Making a Mark’:
Whilst working with her I find out such titbits that aren’t featured on her website, (most of the following is in her own words), such as
when she was 11 she was judged 5 out of thousands at Harrods by Augustus John with her picture of Noah’s Ark
Ran an enormous Fringe Festival of the world with the well known Three Choirs Choral Festival, 4 times!
Has had many artist in residence positions including residencies through the Ikon Gallery, Birmingham and helped with schools projects
Worked with a great deal of dancers across the world such as Chitraleka Bolar in Birmingham.
Has braved many travels with local buses and on foot on her own in many varied parts of the world – she has many photographs of her trips which we hope to put into a book!
Rages about injustice and celebrates the glorious mix of cultures around the world and in London
Stays humble in the face of nature and treasures our planet
Loves and craves for more time in Asia
Would probably lose herself in a love for Africa if she went !
Has not sold out true to her vision and love
Too crazily idealistic for her own good !
Is growing older but finds it impossible to contain her need to dance as soon as the rhythm celebrates inside of her
Working in the Arts takes dedication and hard work as well as a lot of energy which Caroline certainly has – I wish and hope I’ll become like that too!
Upcoming Exhibition Featuring Caroline Hands
A group exhibition. A variation of structured gestures and analogue procedures.
A compilation of paintings in 2015.
Paintings selected by each artist. Exhibition created and organised by playpaint
Robert Dowling / Ben Cove / Gordon Dalton / EC / Michael Stubbs / Chris Godber / Sharon Hall / Tom Banks / Graham Carrick / Kiera Bennett / Alaena Turner / Louisa Chambers / Mari Reijnders / Phil Illingworth / Selma Parlour / Mimei Thompson / Alison Pilkington / Charley Peters / Andrew Seto / Mel Carvalho / Alex Ball / Clare Price / Howard Dyke / Jessica Slater / Ross Walker / Rae Hicks / Gemma Cossey / Mandy Payne / Tamara Dubnyckyj / Tim Ellis / Maggie Hills / Greg Rook / Jonathan Parsons / Lucy Boyle / Simon Burton / Sarah Poots / Lisa Penny / Le Guo / Phillip Jones / David Ryan / Andy Harper / Sophia Starling / Marielle Hehir / Simon Bill / Hogan Brown / Andrea Medjesi-Jones / Clare Chapman / Dan Coombs / Tom Ellis / Marcus Cope / Andris Walds / Virginia Verran / Cathy Lomax / Ian Baker / Lothar Goetz / Shaan Syed / Peter Lamb / Caterina Lewis / Paul Manners / Stephanie Moran / James Connelly / Oliver Bancroft / Lee Marshall / Kate Warner / Katie Pratt / Jason Hawkridge / playpaint / Kirsten Reynolds / Marta Bakst / Alexis Harding / Ben Cottrell / Caroline Hands / Gary Andrew Clarke / Jules Clarke / Katrina Blannin / Matthew Hunt / Rachel Levitas / Rob Leech / Andrew Graves / Charles Williams / Hannah Knox / John Tiney / Philip Allen / Simon Haddock / David Oates / Tim Allen / Lizzie Lloyd / Alli Sharma / Alex Dipple
Preview: Wednesday 10th June 6.00 – 9.00 pm
Exhibition Open: 11th – 14th and 17th – 21st June 1.00 – 6.00 pm
Second Floor Studios & Arts