Beautiful Chaos – Carol Kane








Beautiful Chaos



This is a mixed media piece: hand-made paper, paper clay/porcelain, stitch and textiles.



Over some time in peacebuilding work, I have observed what happens to an individual or community when there is upheaval, change or in this case, “in-break.” My role often involves finding a new rhythm within this that leads out of the confusion. It’s like the “rhythm of grace” that we read about in the Message. By working out this rhythm, we are transformed, renewed, reshaped into beauty.



Carole Kane is a textile artist, expressive arts facilitator and peacebuilder. She lives and works mainly in Northern Ireland. Originally trained at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, University of Dundee as a weaver, her work now stretches across disciplines for both private and public work. Techniques of interest range from textiles, ceramics, film, writing, movement and visual art. She has 25+ years experience working in community education and art projects, often in trauma related and conflict transformation environments. Having gained a Masters in Expressive Arts, Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding with honours for practice from the European Graduate School, Switzerland, Carole is particularly keen to help groups of people to creatively experiment, explore, find voice, and find pathways beyond difficulties and towards a more contented and peaceful habitual.


  • Karen is finishing a PhD program in the Institute for Theology, Imagination and the Arts after careers in corporate management, consulting, and pastoral and theatre ministry. She explores theological and theatrical contexts of ’empty space’ and general human disposition toward it, with emphasis on improvisation (specifically Playback Theatre) and Holy Saturday. Since 2017, Karen has led or advised ITIA’s Transept group, a postgraduate-led group of multidisciplinary practicing artists. Karen was an editor for Transpositions from 2017 to 2022. As Editor-in-Chief, she fostered a closer partnership between Transpositions and Transept, hosted the In/break exhibition on the Transpositions site, and introduced regular series into the publishing schedule.