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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.


Invited speaker at British Lichen Society AGM 2020 - 'Stone Paper Scissors'

01 Feb 2020
I have been invited to talk about my lichen inspired artwork at the British Lichen Society AGM in 2020. The venue is the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh.

Paper Aeroplane Exchange 2019 - North Scotland - Newfoundland

30 May 2019
Caithness artist, Joanne B Kaar has been inspired by events reported in John O’Groat Journal 100 yrs ago when daring aviators, Harry G Hawker & Commander K Mackenzie Grieve, left St. John’s Newfoundland, attempted to cross the Atlantic non-stop

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



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