Barbara Bryn Klare uses rescued textiles, thread, works on paper and installations to draw lines to society, culture and politics. Her work has been exhibited in galleries and museums in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Brooklyn, S Korea, Canada and the UK. She has been an Artist-in-Residence at Cambridge Sustainability Residency and Icelandic Textile Centre and her work has been reviewed online and in print, including the Huffington Post, Woven Tale Press, Art Bra Austin and Culturetr/ke. In 2017, she was awarded a research grant from The Center for Craft, Creativity and Design to study traditional Japanese boro textiles and their relevance to contemporary art, craft and design.
Ms Klare was born in Athens, Ohio, and received her BA in geology and studio art/art history from Oberlin College, where she worked in the Allen Art Museum conservation lab. In the 90s, she worked as a freelance textile and surface designer in San Francisco and Los Angeles. She is an MA in Fine Art candidate at University for the Creative Arts/OCA and lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her partner, an anthropologist and writer.
Ms Klare is curator for the online modernboro collection of ragged, tattered and patched pieces and is a Founding Member of Textile Arts LA.
Photo credit: Chris Darrouzet