This is our “meet a vendor’ series with a difference. Our Founding Members as those that have been with ARTE since the beginning. September 2005, ten years ago, ARTE started with about 30 vendors, of which at least 10 are still continuing to grace us with their presence and their amazing handmade arts & crafts regularly at the various markets.
Caroline Wareham, known to us as Carrie, has been a regular dependable vendor at the ARTE markets since our beginning 10 years ago. This English rose has lived in various parts of the world including Egypt and Oman, before settling in the UAE 14 years ago. A creator since childhood, Carrie used to make her own clothes, doodled and sketched. After various courses in art making, she enjoys working with Encaustic wax and painting with acrylics on canvas. Carrie has talent and a background as colourful and diverse as her artwork, with jobs ranging from a police woman, ice skater, piano player, working in theatre… and even being a Hollywood film extra!
At the beginning of ARTE, Carrie introduced us to her Encaustic art and her fashion range of hand painted denim jeans, waistcoats and T-shirts. She would embellishing them with Swarovski crystals to make each item unique. It is after “falling in love” with painting, that Carrie changed direction towards larger scale artworks on canvas, saying “I enjoy seeing a piece of artwork evolve. I never have a set image in my mind of how it should be exactly, I work at it until I am happy with the end result and it is ready for wrapping and taking to market/exhibition etc.”
Carrie primarily paints in acrylic, with a characteristic use heavy texture for which she created her own recipe of combined materials, inspired by previous ARTE artists Kay Black and Marian Lishman (both artists has since relocated). Always pushing the boundaries with experimentation, Carrie uses pan scrubbers, sponges, palette knives, old credit cards and even cake icing tools to apply her paint to canvas. Her most recent works incorporate gold leaf and resin to create the finish she aims for. Most of her materials are locally sourced, with the occasional online orders to help.
The most successful series Carrie has created thus far is called Majlis. These abstract artworks have been created, sold and commissioned in various colours and sizes. So much so, that currently, she is busy with Majlis no. 80!
Her advice to other artists stems from her extensive experience at showing/ selling at markets: “Be proud of your work. Don’t under-price your work (factor in everything that went into creating: materials, time, knowledge etc). Take pride in what you produce. Don’t be despondent if you don’t sell your favourite piece immediately. Be patient.” And probably most important: “Don’t give up on your passion”.
The future for Carrie: she is experimenting with a new technique and medium… you just have to wait a little longer to see the big reveal at ARTE! Her ultimate dream is to have an exhibition somewhere prominent and to extend her collector base. With a motto like “Work hard. Play even harder!”, this enthusiastic artist is surely prolific in everything she does – that is, if she is not too distracted by Facebook!
I would like to leave you with this little anecdote she shared with us, showing her compassionate nature and attracting kindness where she goes:
“I was displaying my art at an event on Dubai Creek for a week several years ago and a guy came in every night and just gazed at one of my Fantasy Castle paintings. He worked on the merchant ships and my asking price was way above what he could afford. I got to know him over that time and let him take the piece for a tenth of my asking price, which was actually at a loss for me, but the way he talked about it and his dreams for his family made it obvious that he just had to have that painting. He was absolutely delighted and cried. The next night, as we were packing up he came by with a winter coat he said he’d got for his wife in one of the ports, but wouldn’t see her until the summer and he insisted that I had it as the evenings were cold at that time. He had me in tears then!”
Meet Carrie this Friday, September 11th at Times Square Center, from 12 – 7 pm.
Remember, it’s out 10th Birthday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!