Caroline Preston

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Caroline Preston

Born in Yorkshire, Preston studied in Northamptonshire and London, achieving a BA Hons Fine Art Degree and PGCE in Art and Design.

Preston has folded origami for months creating a harmony of colour to use like a palette of paint in the creation of a piece. Using ‘washi’ Japanese origami paper known for its durability and preservative qualities (even used by Rembrandt).

Origami is known to symbolize peace, love and longevity; butterflies symbolize hope. Legend states that the person who folds one thousand origami cranes will be granted their wish.

All materials are archival in Caroline’s work  The paper is traditional long-fibred washi, the glue is archival book binders’ glue and the backing board board is also archival.
The origami papers use a screen-printing process for the pattern.  (Some other origami papers are made from ink printing, so would not be archival).

Preston commissions for the home throughout the UK and abroad, exhibits in galleries and creates large artworks for corporate offices in London. She has worked as an expert teaching and exhibiting at The Handmade Fair, Hampton Court Palace, and has had the opportunity to work with ECI Agency, San Francisco, USA, to present her work to Apple Computers and MUFG Bank for their Cupertino Offices. Advertising and TV work has been with ‘Webber Represents’ and ‘Saatchi & Saatchi’ on a worldwide advertising campaign for HSBC using her origami butterflies. She has also taught origami whilst being interviewed live by Gaby Roslin about ‘The Mindfulness Art of Origami’ on The Saturday Show, Channel 5.


The Butterflies of Hope and the Birds of Peace