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Joanne B Kaar

Joanne B Kaar

artist maker

Dunnet, Caithness


fact, fiction, folklore


Inspired by journeys over land, sea & through time. I live in Dunnet, on Dunnet Head, Caithness, Scotland, only 2 miles from where I grew up in the village of Brough.  My artwork takes inspiration from our heritage.  As both participant and instigator of arts and heritage projects and collaborations I have worked in Taiwan, South Korea, Iceland, USA, Canada, Estonia, Catalonia and exhibited world wide.


Small is Beautiful - invited artists Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh 2020

31 Jan 2020
31st Jan - 1st May 2020 Invited to exhibit my coastal lichen inspired handmade paper coat and watercolour studies of rocks at this RBGE exhibition and invited to talk about my lichen inspired artwork at the British Lichen Society AGM in RBGE.

Paper Aeroplane Exchange exhibition 2020 - North Scotland & Newfoundland

30 May 2019
Two exhibitions on at the same time! Cleared to land! Crafts Council of Newfoundland and Labrador gallery in St. Johns, and at Nucleus the Nuclear and Caithness Archive. Click the link to read more about it and who was involveds

Invited to Newfoundland - as consultant for Trinity Historical Society portable museum project

01 May 2019
Joanne became a consultant on the Trinity Historical Society's portable museum project after giving the keynote speech at a conference held in St John's in 2016 when she was artist in residence for the Craft Council of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Available for commissions



Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh 2020 exhibition

Disciplines Textiles, Paper
Materials Textiles, Paper, Mixed Media

Paper Aeroplane exchange - Newfoundland + North Scotland

Disciplines Paper
Materials Paper, Mixed Media

Inspired by the house dress, wrap aprons and lichen.

Disciplines Textiles, Design, Paper
Materials Textiles, Mixed Media, Organic Material

'NORTH' - COASTAL COAT - 'Crottle seeks its native rocks.'

Disciplines Paper, Textiles
Materials Textiles, Paper

Angus Weaver of Grass - outsider artist - my replica garments

Disciplines Textiles, Basketry
Materials Organic Material

A pen, paper and 12 consecutive days at John O'Groats Mill.

Disciplines Textiles, Design
Materials Paper, Textiles

On The Mend - Newfoundland - Craft Residency 2018

Disciplines Textiles
Materials Mixed Media, Textiles

Portable Museums of Curiosity

Disciplines Design, Textiles
Materials Metal, Textiles, Mixed Media