Detroit born, Carol Irving moved to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan at the age
of 24. Before her move to the Upper Peninsula she had earned a degree in Botany, lived
in New Mexico and then Oregon, and always had a love for art, particularly fiber arts.
She had taken an introductory class in weaving while in college and began to explore this
art form on her own. Over the many years, she has fine tuned her craft into an art. Her works have won awards and honors in juried art and fiber shows throughout the Northern Midwestern states.
“I’ve woven many things, but nothing gives me more pleasure than rugs and rug weaving. It is a continual challenge, offering a variety of techniques as well as studies in design and color. I find inspiration in so many forms; patterns found in nature, folk art, music, fabric and pottery.” Driven by a love for the materials she employs, Carol weaves bright and stimulating images into her rugs. In her work the artist seeks to convey her passion for fiber, color, and design brought together in excellent craftsmanship. She weaves her richly colored yarns on a loom much the way people have been weaving for centuries. Each rug is a totally unique piece of American Craft. Her designs range from very contemporary and geometric to organic shapes and images. “I am committed to excellent craftsmanship so that my rugs are not only functional but pleasing to look at.” Her work is striking when hung on the wall, visually bold from a distance and tactile in its intricate detail.