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Barbara Harms Fiber Art

Me-Up Close and Personal
I'm an artist, art has been a life long love. My family tree is filled with many artists, so it came as no surprise that I showed an aptitude for art.
By the time I was a teen, I had narrowed my focus to painting. I was decided, I was going to become a serious artist. I had aspirations!
I joined the Las Vegas Artist's Guild, I was their youngest member at the time. I loved it, I was emmersed in art, everything was about art, the discussions, the artists themselves. I tried to remain unnoticed, a fly on the wall, observing everything quietly with a big grin spread across my face.
That was the glorious beginning of my artistic "career".
I have continued to paint for most of my life.
After a move to Oregon I was introduced to quilting. I had several frends who were amazing quilters, who helped me learn quilting and inspired me by their work. I jumped in with both feet.
Eventually I did begin to miss my painting. I missed the freedom of movment that comes with tradtional art. It is less structured.
When I became aware of a new emerging art form, fiber art quilting, it was a natural transtion.
It allowed me to have the best of what I loved in both worlds.

My Approach & Method
I use many traditional quilting techniques in a non traditional application. Some of the techniques are used as a design element. I'm a mixed media quilt artist. I use a variety of art mediums, anything that I feel will acheive what I'm going for, from paint to ink to permanent ink pencils.
When I see something that I find interesting I snap a photo. I know that will become an art quilt at some point. I'll let it bounce around in my head for a while.
I often do silk painting as a starting point and build layers of design on that.
I like silk painting, it has a luminous quality which seems to reflect light and rich color beautifully.
I love the process of creating, starting with a seed of an idea, following where that leads. I work more instintually, making most design descions as they present themselves, based on what feels right at the moment. This can lead to a lot of shifts in direction as I work. The results can be surprising. I love that element of surprise.
Sometimes as I stand back looking at a finished piece, everything has just come together better than I had anticipated. I think this is one of my better ones. I'm feeling like a six year old running home from school, a drawing in hand, he can't wait to show Mom. I'm smiling like the Cheshire cat.