Colleen McCarten


Colleen McCarten is an emerging Toronto-based artist whose work is based primarily in textile techniques such as weaving, sewing and other fibre-based practices, as well as drawing, painting, and collage. She uses these techniques to examine the legacy of 20th Century art movements such as Op Art, Minimalism and hard-edged abstraction. McCarten holds a Bachelors of Material Art and Design from the Ontario College of Art and Design (OCADU), and is the recipient of the Material Art and Design Medal for her graduating year. 

McCarten has held solo shows in Angell Gallery’s Project Space, as well as the Robert McLaughlin Gallery’s Gallery A. Her work has been included in group shows at Harbourfront Centre and the Textile Museum of Canada. She has received awards for her textile-based practice, including the “Best in Fibre” award at the 2014 iteration of the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, and has received grants from both the Toronto Arts Council and the Ontario Arts Council. She has also produced artworks for commercial and retail clients. 


2013 Bachelors of Design (Material Art and Design), OCAD University
2009 General Arts and Science, Trent University
2008 Landscape Design Certificate, Niagara College
2007 Fashion Techniques and Design Diploma, George Brown College


Weaving and the Physical Properties of the LineAll LevelsView