Barbara Harms-Up Close and Personal
I’ve been a painter most of my life.
When I was introduced to quilting, I fell in love, jumping in with both feet. I loved quilting, but began to miss the creative freedom painting offered.
Then, I discovered mixed media 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. I don’t a great deal of pre-planning.The creative choices are made as I work on a piece, are based on my gut feelings at the time. This can lead to quite a few changes in direction.
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, excited to show Mom. At those times I’m smiling like the Cheshire cat.

Free Your Inner Hippie! How About Bohemian Style DΓ©cor?


Bohemian – a definition

“A SOCIALLY UNCONVENTIONAL PERSON, ESPECIALLY ONE WHO IS INVOLVED IN THE ARTS.”*


*”Warhol and the artists and Bohemians he worked with in the 1960s”

I Googled the phrase bohemian to gain some insight into where the influences for the BoHo Eclectic design style originated. Here’s what I found.

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Bohemian design draws inspiration from the carefree, bohemian mystique of a world traveler, a gypsy. This is a casual style, a bit unconventional, it reflects the characteristics of a roving band of gypsies, collecting things of interest from the many places they traveled. They created an eclectic mix, blending old and new. Vibrant colors, vintage decor. Layers of patterns and colors. textiles; fringed throws, multiple pillows.





If I were to describe Bohemian, Gypsy or Eclectic design style, the first thing I’d say is forget the rules. With BoHo there don’t seem to be many. This decorating style is unconventional. It emphases personal expression and individuality.

It is associated with art, textiles, world. Think of what you know about gypsies; they were travelers, living on the edge of conventional society. Collectors of interesting “finds”, gathered from their world travels.

Often associated with art, culture, authors.

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Other traits which identify Bohemiun Eclectic decoration style.+

Think Gypsy. Think Art. Think unconventional style. More traits identified Bohemian style

Accumulate mountains of bright mismatched throw pillows, pile them up and enjoy all that color and variety. Make no attempt to match them! do
Art plays a huge role in this eclectic style. Curate your own gallery wall, from floor to ceiling. Buy art that you like, not what you’re supposed to.
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 Collect any that you like, don’t worry if the styles are compatible. You’re the curator of you own gallery, collect what you like, be quirky. Express your own creativity.
Use old vintage furniture, paint it in any color you like. I think you get the idea, let that hippie out.
Go ahead. Give yourself permission to be as unconventional you like.
lf be a little uninhabited,
xtiles play a large role, use mountains of wild bright colors, there is no need to match color or patterns
It’s focus is on individualism, creative choice, individualism,unconventional, art oriented
I googled it, here’s the first definition of bohemian, as applied to the individuals who inspired & defined many of the characteristics in this unconventional decor and dress style.
bohemian–  “a socially unconventional person, especially one who is involved in the arts.

“Warhol and the artists and bohemians he worked with in the [s”

nonconformist, unconventional person, beatnikhippy, avant-gardist, free spiritdropout, artistic person;

I Had A Little Idea

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When making these art quilts, I had an idea,”Why not make several differentΒ framed art quilts,Β each one unique, yet designed to be hung together as a grouping?”. Sold together as a group, it would make an attractive display on the wall.Β 


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Summer Brings Many Art Events To Enjoy

This piece is by Dan . He has added glass metal and more. Notice the effect, just look at the waves froth.

In many communities, summer brings an exciting event, “Art In The Park”. You’ll notice it in a variety of cities, some small, others large.

In Las Vegas, my hometown, Art in the Park occupies several blocks. Art lovers pour in from everywhere.

They arrive by the bus load. It’s a “big event”.

 

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Rediscover your childish imagination

Fuel Your Creativity 

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These trees remind me of a fairy tale. Dust off your childish imagination, and enjoy a world where the trees have faces, and there are tiny stairs leading to their tops. Little creatures can make their homes among their roots, in all the little nooks and crannies. Enjoy the world of pretend!

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