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Barbara Harms Fiber Art

Barbara Harms-Up Close and Personal

I'm an artist, art has been a life long love. My family is filled with many artists, so it came as no surprise that I showed an aptitude for art.

By my teens I was decided, 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, immersed in art, everything was centered on art, the discussions, the techniques, the experience shared by seasoned artists and of course 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 loved it. But I eventually missed painting, It creates a freedom of movement and creativity with less constraints.

It is a new & exciting art form, emerging with few limits. It was a natural transtion. It Z

My Process & Approach
I use many traditional quilting techniques in a non traditional application. Many of the techniques are used as a design element. Rather than a necessary step 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 it will become an art quilt at some point. I'll let it bounce around in my head for a while. Exploring the possible directions, until I find an approach that excites me.
I often do silk painting as a starting point and build layers of design on that.
I do silk painting, it has a luminous quality which seems to reflect light and rich color.
In creating my work, my style is loose and instinctual.
I chose projects that excite me. When I am working on a art quilt that I feel enthusiasm and excitement about, I do my best work then, because I enjoy what I'm doing.
For me, it's the process of creating that has the strongest attraction. I love starting with a tiny seed of an idea; vague and blurred around the edges, then following where it leads me.
My decisions are made as the need arises, guided by my gut instincts, as they say.
This approach can lead to many changes in the directon as the quilt develops into it's final form. The outcome can come as a surprise.
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.

You’re Never Without a Camera

 On my walk one day last month, I saw a wonderful sight,  looking up, delicate pink blossoms with sky blue behind them. Yes it’s cherry blossom time. This could be a future art quilt. Thanks to my Smart phone I took a few pictures, OK I took a lot of pictures, I don’t have over 4000 pictures stored in my phone for nuttin.