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Barbara Harms Contemporary Fiber Art

"Why is it that
Barbara Harms-

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 I had narrowed my focus 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 &
instantly in love.
It was new & exciting, I jumped in. 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.

Contrast, make your art quilts POP!

Do you want to stand out in a crowd of people dressed in black? Wear white.
Contrast can make an impact.

Wear white.

Strong contrasts make things stand out, they are noticed immediately, commanding your attention. A strong contrast will intensify the impact cf the contrasting items. What this brings to my mind is an image of a elderly woman with bright dyed red hair pulled into two pigtails, one on either side of her head.This all goes to show how memorable contrasts can be.

How to manage my 24

There are only 24 hours in any given day, no more, no less.

Funny thing, everyone has those same 24 hours. So how do they manage? Answer? Scheduling. Planning ahead for the allotment of time they wish to devote to each activity.

So the question I have for myself is “What am I going to do with my 24?”

What’s This? Am I Going Traditional?

Here’s a baby quilt, with a tea party theme. It could make a cute table topper too.
The hand turned applique tea pots and cups are in small blue prints. They rest on a center square of yellow fabric that has tiny blue tea cups over it. It is darling fabric. I did a bit of fun quilting, feathers around the borders and wisps of steam coming from the tea cups.
The white outer border fabric has lightly colored pastel teapots

A busy little bee, that’s me! Part 2

Most Etsy sellers are singular artisans making and selling their work, one piece at a time. They aren’t pumping out large quintiles of assembly line products. That’s the attraction.

Still, it’s challenging to keep shops full after several sales, the purpose of this whole exercise

It’s a happy “problem” to have. The best part is you can give yourself permission to work, focused on just what you love.!