i This is one of the art quilt I started a little while back “Hot Air Rising”. I thought I’d post the result. This silk painted fiber art quilt is […]
Barbara Harms Contemporary Fiber Art
"Why is it that
Barbara Harms, Up Close and Personal
I'm a fiber quilt artist, working in mixed media . My family is filled with artists & I inherited an aptitude for art.
By my teens my focus was narrowed to painting.
I joined the Las Vegas Artist's Guild, their youngest member at the time. I was totally out of my league, a teen, in a room of adults. Mute taking it all in.
I hoped I went unnoticed, a fly on the wall, unlikely. A
silent teenager in their midst, I’m pretty sure they noticed. But being emerged in art, exposed to serious artists, was a great experience. I’ve painted for most of my life.
So, there you have it, the "glorious" beginnings of my artistic "career"!
I've continued to paint for most of my life.
I was introduced to quilting after moving to Oregon. Fell instantly in love.
It was new & exciting, I jumped in, enthusiastically. As enjoyable as I found quilting, I began to missed painting, Then, I discovered fiber art quilting, I was finally home.
My Process & Approach
For me, it's the process of creating that holds the strongest attraction. I love starting with a tiny seed of an idea; vague and blurred around the edges, then I follow where it leads.
My style is fairly loose and instinctual. The choices and decisions that come up as I work on a piece, are made based on my gut feelings.
This can result in quite a few changes in direction.
This approach can lead to many changes in the direction. it takes The outcome can come as a surprise.
I love that element of surprise.
Sometimes everything just comes together & I think that this is one of my better ones. I can’t wait to show someone. I feel like a six year old, running home from school, a drawing in hand. He can't wait to show Mom. At those times I'm smiling like the Cheshire cat.
I’ll be included in a magazine, that’s exciting news!
Been busy last few months. Now I’ve caught my breath, I’ve started a new art quilt.This one is an abstract.
I admit it, I love thrift store shopping. I don’t know why this admission is a bit embarrassing. It’s true, I enjoy it. It’s a treasure hunt, you never know […]
“Here’s The Finished Quilt” Now that this art quilt is completed, I’m going to share a few more photos of it, in it’s final form. Many of the elements in […]
A commisioned art quilt. A flame tree;
I’m posting a few pictures along the way, as I work on my latest art quilt commission. Feel free to look over my shoulder if you’d like to follow my progress along the way. […]
If you’ve noticed I haven’t been around much, lately. I’ve been keeping mighty busy working on a new commission from an Australian psychologist. To She has given me a very […]
Mixing Different Periods & Styles “My favorite thing about decorating is mixing different periods and styles. If you have something that’s old, and you really do want to mix those styles, then you have to add something that’s obviously modern with it. You can’t put a kind of a […]