PACK YOUR BAGS SOMETHING SMALL I sit in the middle of the intersection (of art, design + craft). It is safe to be here as an artist. Some doubt that–but is it art? If the artist is showing… it is. Is it forward looking? Yes. Poetic? Very. “I have a portable home that I always carry with me which is literature and memories.” — Writer Azar Nafisi about her life
TEXTILE SKETCHBOOK II (Quiet Jenny) Pencil, indigo-dyed textiles, paint, thread, colored pencil, old book pages Textile sketchbooks are my way of reasoning. Of working through, and of accepting and embracing randomness and pushing forward. If a part lands a certain way, I try not to move it. I have dozens of these pages; if I am lucky one of them works and shows me the way. The yellowing and brittleness
MAD et LEN is a Parisian artisanal scent company with a quote from Marcel Proust’s “Swann’s Way” at the core of their work. They recently chose one of my IMPACT drawings on Instagram as graphite inspiration for their Monochrome Graphite parfum: scent of grey, of cropped Japanese hinoki wood. THE SMELL AND TASTE OF THINGS REMAIN POISED A LONG TIME, LIKE SOULS, READY TO REMIND US, WAITING AND HOPING FOR
For the #artistsupportpledge, I am offering NATURE +1 and TEXTILE SKETCHBOOK I. The #artistsupportpledge is an Instagram movement conceived by Sussex-based artist Matthew Burrows to provide a platform for artists to share and sell their work through a straightforward, artist-to-patron, artist-to-artist formula. Artists post images of a work for sale for no more than £200 ($230), and when their sales reach £1,000 ($1,155) they promise to buy another artist’s work for £200.
COMING UP, COVID WILLING SHOW: Cloth2Paper at Paper Circle, Nelsonville OH This show will be a continuation of my series on cloth on paper. The shapes are reminiscent of classical origami forms, without folds.
We Move Lightly… Un/Common Threads A solo exhibition by Bay Area artist Barbara Bryn Klare exploring art and sustainability through a rich and complex practice weaving together rescued textiles, objects and natural elements. Now through June 6th. of the day: We Move Lightly by Dustin O’Halloran
IN PURSUIT OF ERROR This image is a blurred lower right section of a John Gossage (b. New York, 1946) collage from the series “Hey, Fuckface” showing at Casemore Kirkeby in San Francisco. John Gossage is a photographer noted for exploring under-recognized elements of the urban environment, abandoned tracts of land, debris and garbage. The series consists of collages made from silver gelatin prints and torn-up, used craft paper with
DESERT X (DX 19) is a site-specific exhibition with work from invited artists from different parts of the world responding to the unique conditions of the Coachella Valley in southern California. RECLAIMING RAPUNZEL will be one of the works in the TEXTILE ARTS LA installation Looming Shelter. The structure will be built by the team at Makerville. READ about it on TEXTILE ARTS LA. https://www.desertx.org/
Idea Sketches SECRET LANGUAGE BETWEEN MOTHER & CHILD Digital print on paper, marker 8 x 10 inches 2017 When my mother passed, I was appointed the task of “doing something” with my mother’s poems. All 500 of them. A digital artist book, SECRET LANGUAGE BETWEEN MOTHER & CHILD is what I “have done,” so far, with this never-ending Forever Work-in-Progress. Composed of pages of compressed text from my mother’s poetry
Wrapping connotes protection, warmth and healing. Bandages wrap and heal. A shawl wraps around one’s shoulders on a cold night. Meat for the daily meal is protected and wrapped in paper. Binding, a form of tight wrapping serves to restrict and quiet motion. Wrapping also mutes and softens a hard form, like a metal component, as snow deafens the crunching sound of boots in winter. Silence is once again. United
ragged tattered patched wrecked beauty + decaying form . things fragile, handmade or in need of repair boro inspired
This drawing will be shown at 20-21 Visual Arts Centre in N Lincolnshire, UK as part of an exhibit inspired by Martin Kippinger’s Hotel Drawings. I entered sketches on museum ephemera from my summer 2017 trip to Berlin. I think it is very important to see an artist’s hand, raw, untouched. To see the rest of the drawings from that trip, go here. ART ON HOTEL NOTE PAPER 20-21 Visual
Quiet, Stillness and the Right Kind of Noise My art practice so far consists of me, sitting at a low table in my studio, with my face pointed away from the door, hunched over my drawings. My studio is on the second floor of a building that once was the headquarters for officers in the Air Force; the building and the field around is now for civilian use. The ceiling
I went looking for an elusive blue I had seen in a photograph of Iceland. This blue represented everything I wanted to experience–stillness, the kind of frozen purity that gets locked in ice. I had never been to Iceland and I had never been that far north in my life. I not only found the blue I was searching for, in the studio one morning, but many other rich and
Middle section MODERN SAMPLER An Art of Love triptych Rescued antique table linens, embroidery floss 54 x 12 inches 2016 I was googling World of Threads to find dates and locations and I found this commentary on my work, MODERN SAMPLER. “This piece is by Barbara Bryn Klare, called ‘Modern Sampler.’ BSP found it very amusing, I found it quite moving – both of us agreed it was a tale