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Thoughtful questions and comments about my artwork, teaching, and commissions are welcome. Thank you for your interest. 


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Portland, Me

Crystal Cawley is an artist who works with paper, textiles, collected objects, and re-purposed materials. 


It is marvelous that we are the only species that creates gratuitous forms.

Man Ray

Thinking caps

The Thinking Caps were inspired by the story of Goody Two Shoes, a girl who wore a hat printed with phrases that encouraged thinking before saying something unkind or unfair to another person. The research into the origins of the story, and the variations that have been passed along over the years, led me to looking into the history and construction of hats. There are 19 hats in the series, all made of paper of various sorts, including old book pages, collected ephemera, and letterpress and relief prints by me and others. 

Maid of honor

Letterpress on handmade paper, antique chair, dressmaker’s trim

more Thinking caps


Tracing paper with gold metallic florist letters, embroidery

Big Baby Booties

Vintage linens, embroidery, covered buttons, hand-stamped leather

Thinking Cap 11

Typographic Fascinator

Letterpress on red handmade paper, image from 1960s Monotype catalog, paper-covered buttons