World Shibori Network

Celebrating the visual languages of PEOPLE, COMMUNITY, CULTURE, and ENVIRONMENT through the global practice of resist-dye traditions and innovations, keeping in mind authenticity, reciprocity, and networking.

Carol Anne Grotrian


Carol Anne Grotrian has combined quilting and shibori traditions for over 25 years. The organic patterns of shibori helped her find her voice in landscape quilts, which are usually portraits of specific places and times based on sketches on location. Since 1989, landscape has provided abundant inspiration, prodding her to expand her shibori vocabulary. Carol Anne’s designs are an abstract balance of shape, color and shibori patterns, which is overlaid with line—the quilted stitches. Indigo dyeing also appears in her work, for both artistic merit and her own well-being. Her calm handling of indigo prolongs the vat’s life, while it centers her in an almost meditative way. She’s grateful that the struggle to make art decisions is balanced by the physical labor of fabric dyeing and the calm of stitching.

Carol Anne’s sense of place emerged in the northeastern part of the U.S., where she’s lived since 1979. For decades, she has taught shibori, and quilting–locally in New England and as far away as Taiwan.

Surface Design Association
Studio Art Quilt Associates
Quilters Connection

Art Quilts Lowell: The Sea, Brush Art Gallery, Lowell, MA, 2011
One Passion, Many Voices: MA-RI Surface Design Assoc., Artworks!, New Bedford, MA, 2011
Cream of the Cloth: Marbaum Collection, San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles, San Jose, CA 2010
Shibori Cut Loose, Textile Center, Minneapolis, MN, 2008
Contemporary MAsters, The New England Quilt Museum, Lowell, MA 2007
Quilt Visions: The Art Quilt, Oceanside Museum, San Diego, CA, 2006
Taipei County Indigo Festival (exhibition, symposium, workshop), Taiwan, 2005

500 Art Quilts, ed. Ray Hemachandra, Lark Books, 2010
“Highlighted Artist: Carol Anne Grotrian,” SAQA Journal, Fall 2008
Eleanor Levie, American Quiltmaking 1970-2000, 2005
Robert Shaw, Art Quilts: A Celebration, Lark Books, 2005

Danforth Museum of Art, Framingham, MA
New England Quilt Museum, Lowell, MA
Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital, Boston, MA
Cambridge Savings Bank, Cambridge, MA
Ropes & Gray, Boston, MA

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