Hello, I am Carolyn McIntosh, a Western Australian artist and owner a of Wandering Fig Studio based in the Perth hills, Western Australia. I love the magical process of creating, I couldn't imagine my life without it!
Animals and nature inspires me. I have been fortunate to have experienced close encounters with Western Australian wildlife as a volunteer wildlife carer over several years at a wildlife rehabilitation centre in Perth. Having the opportunity to interact, hand feed and care for native birds, reptiles and marsupials was an incredibly fulfilling and life changing experience that has greatly influenced my art and craft.
I work in many mediums and currently immersed in sculpting with wool and other fibres using both needle felting and wet felting techniques. I enjoy many facets of fibre arts and crafts: machine sewing, embroidery, hand stitching using cobbling techniques, string making, weaving, felting, paper mache. I will often use a combination of techniques with a variety of materials such as animal fibres, plant fibres, fabrics, found objects and recycled materials.
My art education has been broad and diverse and ongoing, commencing with technical college, university fine art studies, to recent local workshops with local artists and online workshops with artists from across the globe.
My studio name derives from the wandering fig vine (or creeping fig as it is often called) which covered the outside walls of my first studio space of my home garage in Bassendean. The dried vine is a great fibre for weaving nests and free form baskets. In late 2016 I moved to the Perth hills suburb of Greenmount with my family to a lovely home with a wonderful light filled loft studio space - lucky me! The vast array of native birds, reptiles and insects who frequent my garden are a pleasure to see everyday and a source of inspiration for my creative work.
2017 Winner Hay Bale Challenge, York Festival
2018 The Ebb and Flow of Linking Waterways Exhibition, Painted Tree Gallery, Northcliffe
2018 Mundaring Hills Open Studios
2018 Don't Jettison Everything, Member's Exhibition, Mundaring Arts Centre (selective)
2017 Hay Bale Challenge, York Festival (selective)
2015 Birds of a Feather, Forest Heritage Centre, Dwellingnup
2015 Churchlands Senior High School Art Show
2015 Ellenbrook Art Awards
2015 Artists on the Walkpath, Riverside Gardens, Bayswater (selective)
2014 Community Art Exhibition, Churchlands Senior High School
2014 Reel It In, Native Animal Rescue marquee, educational display installation
2014 Open, Town of Bassendean, art stall and exhibition
2014 Artists on the Walkpath, Eric Singleton Bird Sanctuary, Bayswater (selective)
2013 Affordable Art Affair, Sarah House, Subiaco
2013 Connecting Communities Kalamunda, Zig Zag Gallery Kalamunda
2013 St Brigid's College Biennial Art Exhibition and Sale
2013 Midland Artsource Open Studios
2013 Ellenbrook Community Tea Party Event, The Gallery, Ellenbrook
2013 Fingers and Petals The Handmade Flower Show,The Gallery, Ellenbrook
2013 esordio>debut>beginning The Zig Zag Gallery Kalamunda
2012 Shoe-ing Off by Fibrant, Bassendean Memorial Library
2012 Bassendean Art Awards
2012 Mazenod College Art Show
2012 Canning Art Awards
2012 Town of Mosman Park Art Awards
2011 City of Stirling Art Awards
2011 Emerging Artist Awards, City of South Perth (selective)