Barbara Bryn Klare uses rescued textiles, objects, drawings, words and digital media to reference issues in current society and culture. Her practice encompasses a lifelong study of textiles, mark making, writing and design. Artworks range from small works on paper and objects to large-scale hangings, installation and sculpture. Her writing repertoire includes art writing, research and poetry.
Ms Klare was born on Valentine’s Day 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. She worked as a freelance textile/surface designer in SF and LA and as a professional writer and editor in SF for over twenty years.
Her artwork has been exhibited nationally and internationally including museums and galleries in SF, LA, Brooklyn, S Korea, Canada, and the 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. In 2017, she was awarded a research grant from The Center for Craft, Creativity and Design to study traditional Japanese boro textiles and contemporary art, craft and design.
Ms Klare lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her partner, an anthropologist and writer.
Photo credit: Chris Darrouzet