Barbara Bryn Klare is an artist and researcher who uses rescued textiles, objects, drawings and digital media to reference issues in current society and culture. Her practice encompasses a lifelong study of textiles, mark making, writing and design. Works range from two-dimensional works on paper and small objects to large-scale hangings, installation and sculpture. Her research is materials-based and addresses issues of sustainability, authenticity and cultural relevance.

“Barbara’s work is audacious, honest and respectful… with delicacy and integrity.” –Rachel MacManus, performance artist

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 art conservation lab. In the 90s, she worked as a freelance textile and surface designer in San Francisco and Los Angeles.

Her work has been exhibited in galleries and museums in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Brooklyn, S Korea, Canada, UK among others, and has been reviewed online and in print, including Huffington Post, Woven Tale Press, Art Bra Austin and Culturetr/ke. She has been Artist-in-Residence at Cambridge Sustainability Residency, Icelandic Textile Centre and most recently, Open Wabi. Ms Klare is curator for the modernboro collection of ragged, tattered and patched pieces and is a Founding Member of Textile Arts LA. In 2017, she was awarded a research grant from The Center for Craft, Creativity and Design to study the relevance of traditional Japanese boro textiles to contemporary art, craft and design.

Ms Klare lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her partner, an anthropologist and writer.

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Photo credit: Chris Darrouzet