Caroline Creeden is a fiber and ceramic artist from Maryland. She has a BFA in Fibers and a MA in Teaching from the Maryland Institute College of Art. Caroline teaches in the Baltimore area. Most recently, she was awarded the John D. Rockefeller Library research fellowship to study the role of oyster shells in Colonial American life. Previously, she was awarded the France-Merrick Fellowship to run an environmental arts program in a Baltimore City school. She is deeply influenced by the natural world and her family's history. Caroline also greatly participates in community arts, currently running several projects throughout the Baltimore area.
Current bodies of work revolve around the historical building material called tabby, a form of concrete used in the southern United States between the 17th and 19th centuries, and oyster shells.
As a child, I played in front of ancestral portraits in my grandparents’ living room. I was surrounded by the memories and stories of those people who watched me as I lay on the carpet playing with building blocks and figurines. I consider ways of preserving objects and memories through fiber techniques, which hold memories of the maker and the user. Clothing retains the memory of a person: their blood, sweat, tears, scent, and the form of their body long after the individual has left it behind. It also retains our connections to people, our genealogy, our history, and our loved ones.