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Author: Barbara Harms Fiber Art & More
Barbara Harms-Up Close and Personal
I'm a fiber quilt artist, working in mixed media . Art runs in my family. I must have inherited the art gene.
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 and instantly fell in love it. It was new and exciting, I jumped in with both feet. As enjoyable as I found quilting, I began to miss 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 was contacted by the editor of Art Quilting Studio magazine recently. At the editor’s request, I submitted a couple of my art quilts for consideration to be published in an upcoming issue. I’ve been contacted before and had an article about me and one of my art quilts published, so I was hoping to be included in another issue.
. When the second editor contacted me just informed me that my art quilt WAS accepted for the the upcoming issue, I was thrilled!. … Out of the Blue!
I’ve been pretty busy last few months working on a commissioned piece. I really enjoyed working on it and I’m happy with how it turned out.
I took a moment to catch my breath and now I’ve started a new art quilt. It’s an abstract this time.
I love the colors orange and dark blue when they are used together. They set each other off and look awesome. When I painted the silk I wanted to feature those two colors in deep rich concentrations. I also added some elements of metallic gold and copper in there.
Here are a few shots of this new quilt in progress. It’s an abstract. I’ve finished the the applique and begun the thread painting. I want a very linear look.
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 what you’ll find. That’s part of it’s appeal. When you discover something unexpected, that you just love, it feels like you won the prize.