Contemporary Fiber Art From A Unique Perspective–abstract to stylized nature
We’ve had snow for several days and the weather has been so cold, that instead of melting,
it is staying on the ground, uncharacteristic for Oregon. I’m exaggerating a bit , Oregon does
receive a small amount of snow occasionally. When that infrequent event occurs everything
seems to slow down. Schools are often closed for a day or two, at the slightest amount of
snow, disappointing all of our children. I don’t have to tell you that, we all know how much
those little nippers love school.
There’s less traffic on the roads, those who are generally driving more carefully
Many, people stay in, and don’t drive. Especially if there is a layer of ice hidden
under that deceptively beautiful white blanket. That ice makes your car slippery,
sliding about quite unresponsive to your loud screaming or any feeble attempts to
gain back control of your car.Now here’s a
POP QUIZ, what are you supposed to do when your car hydroplanes?
A- Turn the wheel into the direction your car is sliding? or
B- Turn the wheel in the opposite direction of the sliding? or
C-Bale out, while you are praying for a soft landing place, and for forgiveness
and a last minute conversion to God, hoping He will buy it?
With that last question, sorry, you’re on your own here. I’m not God, but you may
be on thin ice with that one. I’d assume he’s looking for sincerity. Even I wouldn’t
even accept a last minute marriage proposal, justcause you audience waiting, and
the bride didn’t show. Then the groom turns to me and asks me to marry him. No way,
As to the other answers on the Quiz, I don’t have the answers, as you may have guessed by
now, I made the questions up, surprise!
I don’t know the answers, you should ask someone who lives a region with snow. Before you
call me a wimp and irritating numskull, remember, I’m a Vegas girl. I don’t gamble, but if you
do, don’t bet on snow in Las Vegas, your
odds of winning that one are low, really low. After all you’re are living in a desert for
In Vegas people have absolutely NO IDEA of how to drive in it, We don’t even recognize what
it is, [unless you're a skier.] we say things like, “What’s this white stuff? Why is it coming
from the sky?”So don’t blame me. This may make you curious enough to search for the
answers, and save your life someday I love Oregon, Las Vegas kids and anything else which might have
DISCLAIMER-Please don’t take me seriously, everything I said was joking an a attempt at humor, I liked living in Las Vegas, love Oregon, love kids and would not seriously attempt criticism of anyone’s prayers to reconcile with God, or any thing else which might offend. someone somehow
I’ve started two new garden quilts. They may both have garden themes, but they are polar
opposites. The first quilt, with the black background is the crazy funky. I made no attempt to
achieve any look of realism . When I get to the point of working on finishing the applique and
thread work, I plan on using the most outrageous screaming color, as I can find, with fun
quilting motifs. It’s loud, it’s bold, with lots of bright color. It might appeal to more modern
My second garden may have more appeal to those whose tastes run to soft florals., a bit of
romance. Like the first quilt, it does have deep rich color. Orange and blue make such a great
color combo. Although there is deep color, this has a softer look, it’s stylized nature. It
has blue and orange flowers with a few peachy pink ones thrown in for contrast. This is heavily
thread painted [ Remember, when I arrived at my retreat, I had already started working on this,
then at the retreat we worked all the days and most of the night? I still haven't finished. I used
metallic blue thread to create highlights., it adds special touch..
So here is a preview of these 2 unfinished garden art quilts. See what you think.
I think you will can get an inkling of the direction I am heading with each one.
So hear we go...
I’ve just completed my newest art quilt. The hand painted silk had such beautiful colors, flowing teal, green and blue with the sharp contract of a bright punch of red. I enjoyed the thread painting on this, finding the right balance to work with the design, not obscure it.
As I worked on it I pictured in my mind the canopy at the top of a rain forest. A group of macaws in flight withe the blue sky and green colors of the trees below. Do macaws fly that high? That is not relevant in my imagination.
Well that’s my gallery, a lot of shots of different angles and details, a whole lot.of them.
I inherited the art gene from a family that was jam packed with artists so art came naturally. I loved it in any form, but eventually settled in as a painter. Las Vegas, my home town, is quite a contrast between the glitz and the normal. It wasn't exactly a thriving cultural center. You didn't see too many art exhibits advertised on the billboards. But normal activities went on there just as in any city. Eventually we moved to Oregon, the move brought many changes. I remarried, my kid were grown and I found time for art again, I had missed my old life long friend. I became fascinated with quilting and it was a logical progression to fiber art. As the art quilts accumulated, it occurred to me to start an online business and offer my fiber art for sale. And here I am, Barbara Harms Fiber Art.
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