Carmen Romine was born 1987 in Grand Rapids, MI and grew up in Medina when her family moved to Ohio. In 2010, she graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Art earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fiber and Material Studies. Over the past ten years, Romine has continued her practice focused on concepts of sustainability and developing methods of artmaking inspired by the process in traditional fiber art. Carmen creates abstract landscapes out of paper and other mixed media that are meant to replicate an emotional connection to the landscape from memory. The compositions contain an element of movement that allude to the notions of transition and a changing environment. Her work is inspired by the natural world and questions the intrinsic value of consumerism through technology and humanity’s relationship with its environment.
In 2020, Romine was selected as one of the 10 participating artists for the “Paper Routes: Women to Watch” exhibition held in the Ohio Arts Council’s Riffe Gallery—an exhibition in partnership with the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington DC. Her work has been collected by various businesses and residential clients throughout Northeast Ohio and continues to gain public recognition. Romine currently resides in Cleveland Heights, OH where she works out of her studio making artwork, building frames from her woodshop, and eco-printing every season outdoors with turkey roasters using the natural dyes from gathered wild plants and flowers. In addition to her practice, she makes handmade books through her craft business known as, “Tree Fibers,” and occasionally teaches fiber and book art workshops.