My Name IS BARBARA
I am a fiber artist who learned to sew as a child and after a long hiatus, took up my needle again. Ten years ago, after admiring quilts for many years, I took a class at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. After learning the basics, and being exposed to studio quilts, I never looked back. I now focus on quilts as art pieces – for the wall – as well as functional items for the home, such as baby quilts, pillows and place-mats. About five years ago, through courses at the Art League in Alexandria, VA, I began exploring surface design. In 2016 I returned to my hometown of Cleveland, OH, where I continued my studies at Praxis Fiber Workshop. I now dye, paint and hand-stitch many of the fabrics I use in my art quilts and pillows.
I spent much of the past two decades living or working overseas, where I collected a variety of textiles and learned about different dying and weaving techniques. I also fell in love with bright, vivid prints and colors. I incorporate my memories of interesting and unique combinations of colors and prints in my work. Designing and sewing both invigorates and relaxes me. I hope my love of making things for others come through in my products.