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My Fiber Art is Hanging In Oregon’s new State Hospital. How About That?

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I had a nice experience that I thought I’d share. The state of Oregon purchased four of my art quilts. You may wonder why would a state need art quilts? They were needed because the old Oregon State Hospital was just that, old. Repairs and improvements had been made over the years, but it had reached the point that the state decided they needed a new one.

That new facility has just reached completion. the new beautiful Oregon State Hospital and beautiful buildings needed to be decorated. So art needed to be purchased. This is where I came into the picture, as well as other artists.

This hospital was needed, the old one was falling apart around them. This is the same hospital that the old

movie “One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest” was filmed in. Do you remember the movie? Jack Nicholson starred.

The movie was filmed there, and if you recall, it looked pretty old and dreary way back then.

The state began work on a new facility and it has now been completed. The final tasks are being completed before the big unveiling to the public, some of these involved the decor and decoration. I was happy to be among the artists included.

These last few weeks the staff have been moving into the new building, a massive exodus and while unpacking and settling in were taking place, a concerted effort to hang the art and add the finishing touches was going on as well.The open house took place last week.

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Karen Nixon a psychologist in Brisbane Australia had the same idea, great ideas spread rapidly..

The idea that was conceived was to hang quilts on some of the walls  to give  a homey feel. It is a state mental hospital and that was a great idea.

I don’t know if you remember the Australian Psychologist, Karen Nixon who commissioned an art quilt to hang in the office she and three other psychologists share in Brisbane? They had the same thought, it would help patients to relax and feel comfortable.

It was a lot of work, but the New Oregon State Hospital  opened their doors on schedule for the public to see. We were invited and attended naturally, I wanted to see my art quilts hanging. Most of the quilts I saw were conventional ones, beautiful work. Due to the time crunch, they were unable to hang all the quilts, not surprising, given the circumstances, they certainly worked hard to get every one up in time, but it just wasn’y possible ,but they will get everything hung, I’m sure.The ones that were, looked wonderful. I think this was the exact sort of atmosphere that they wanted to create.

As we walked around the facility, every where we went on the tour I noticed the quilts.They added a beautiful touch. Quilts make great artwork, most were traditional quilts and they brought color and interest. I noticed many visitors were enjoying the art. It was cheerful, happy, homey and bright, in a state that has many dark, gloomy day. It can be difficult to keep their spirits up. I’m referring to the general populous who may not face the challenges which are faced each day by those who will move into this building.

They added a colorful, cheerful and a cozy feel. I’m unaware of the many who worked so hard to make this facility what it is, but I do know the young lady who I had contact with. She was sincerely committed to acquire these many wonderful quilts, which under such a limited window of time. She deserves recognition for her commitment and hard work. I can easily imagine her working through the night right up to to the last minute.

Many thanks to Angela Poirier and the many others whose names I do not know.

I’ve included a few of the my photos taken of the facility itself and naturally of some of my art quilts hanging there which some requested to see. I took many photos, as you are aware I am prone to do,I shared a few that I personally liked.

I also wanted to encourage you to take a look at at Karen Nixon’s website, there are so many articles covering a multitude of problems with practical help provided It’s more of a resource than most usual business sites, which provide the hours of operation, maps and directions. I just read that she is now doing sessions for those who don’t live in Australia. This is possible through via Skype. Brilliant!

I am very impressed with Karen, she seems to be aware of the new developments in the field, She seems have a genuine commitment in providing help which can make a difference in the lives of others.Her webpage is proof of that, providing help and guidance for her patients, as well as others who follow the information presented there, As I said,I am impressed. Do take a look at her website,at the many topics that are discussed in her articles.


North Brisbane Psychologists
Aspley Medical Center Complex
Suite 1, 1131 Gympie Rd.
Aspley, Qld 4034

You can see the walls and doors under the structure.

You can see the walls and doors under the structure.

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A exciting sculpture  that’s functional, it serves a covering  for those                                                                                             who want to enjoy being outdoors and stay dry

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A sculptural chandler modern yet has an organic feel

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My “69 MPH Sunset” and me!

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My art quilt “69 MPH Sunset”

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My art quilts hanging in the state hospital

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Encouragement to

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“Lunar Eclipse” This is the one quilt of mine, that they didn’t have time to hang, but they’ll get to them all and jt will be even nicer.

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Do You Dream In Color?

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I’ve been working on this art quilt off and on for quite a while. I vacillate between ” This is too insanely wild”  and “Oh I’m just having a little fun”. I ask myself “If I ever finished it, would I have the nerve to put it in my shop?” I haven’t got a clue, but in the meantime, I still just having fun.


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Art quilts, Barbara Harms Fiber Art, 1131 SW Ellis St, Dallas OR 039

Today’s the day, I’m excited!!


This has sold, One of several photos that hatched the inspiration for this quilt.!

I’ve been rattling off about being featured in Art Quilting Studio magazine. The feature will follow the progress of making this quilt, and the inspiration behind it. It was about finding inspiration everywhere and grab a pic of anything that interests you. It doesn’t have to be super high quality photography. Take your phone and snap it, it might give you inspiration later. With the few photo’s I took one late afternoon that was just about dusk, and there was a beautiful sunset with a row of trees silhouetted, it struck me.

So I took my handy phone camera out  and snapped off a few pics from the window of the moving car Shock this photo violated every rule of photography.

Still, I liked the blurred result when I saw them, the movement. But what I liked the most was the dark trees with the golden sunset behind them. I was at once struck with the thought “art quilt”, this was a future quilt in the making.

So inspiration can come from the strangest places, with digital take lots of pictures, delete the ones you dislike, file away for future ideas the ones you find interesting. You’ll never run short of inspiration.

I made the quilt. When an editor for Art Quilting Studio magazine approached me and suggested I submit this with the story, process of making it. I was happy it was going to be used. Here’s the quilt, the article came out today.

Art quilts, Barbara Harms Fiber Art, 1131 SW Ellis St, Dallas OR 039

This is 60 MPH Sunset

Art quilts, Barbara Harms Fiber Art, 1131 SW Ellis St, Dallas OR 039

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Hope you get to see my feature.