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Window Walk | Karen Butler (River Studios) X Dirty Dozen

  • Dirty Dozen | Campbell Arcade Degraves Subway, Degraves Street Melbourne, VIC, 3000 Australia (map)

Window Walk | Karen Butler (River Studios) X Dirty Dozen

Image: Karen Butler

Image: Karen Butler

Colour Studies, series 2018-2019

Acrylic on 500gsm paper

This series explores colour abstraction in spontaneous and playfully balanced combinations. Each image has a unique linear characteristic, produced by using a textile fiber as a drawing tool.

Monotype images are one-off designs created on a gel plate. Paint is rolled onto the plate surface with a brayer and, then the textile fiber is laid over the top to block out a solid area. The image is transferred from the plate onto a sheet of paper by pressing the two together by hand. This process creates a unique impression every time. For every layer of colour there is a different linear formation and, as each segment is exposed, it often results in surprising visual effects and textural qualities.

Karen Butler is a qualified and experienced creative practitioner, who has a demonstrated history of working in the arts & crafts industry; skilled in visual art, public art, and design.

She is based in Melbourne and currently an artist in residence at River Studios; a warehouse in West Melbourne, managed by Creative Spaces.


This contemporary craft installation is hosted by Creative Spaces at the Dirty Dozen:

The Dirty Dozen in Campbell Arcade is one of Melbourne’s most intriguing exhibition spaces, located in an underground commuter walkway that runs from Flinders Street Station to Degraves Street.



Monday to Friday 7am - 7pm
Saturday 10am - 5pm

This event is part of Craft Cubed 2019 Window Walk Project, funded by the City of Melbourne

For more information about the program and where to see installations across the city, please visit