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


I fell hard for San Francisco the first time I saw it. I vowed to come back and did—40 years ago. Friends joke it is my longest relationship (OK, true). Like a real lover, it has thrilled and frustrated me. I threatened to leave many times, but always stayed. How could I leave my true love? Now in my 60s, substandard housing and the threat of disasters has me worn

MAD et LEN Scent of grey, of cropped Japanese hinoki wood

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


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

Un/Common Threads

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. Through June 6th. of the day: We Move Lightly by Dustin O’Halloran  

SNAFU—TARFU—FUBAR—BOHICA (Or, a U.S. military term for a disastrously mishandled undertaking)

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


I was lucky to be part of Cambridge (UK) Sustainability Residency 2016 back when it was still active. CSRes is/was an artist-led project for artists working in the field of sustainability. The theme was Growth and Insulation. Using the analogy of the endangered species, I explored current challenges to sustaining Pashmina textile tradition, including growing political, economic, environmental and aesthetic pressures, the dilution and mis-marking of the real Pashmina label, and the


ragged tattered patched wrecked beauty + decaying form . things fragile, handmade or in need of repair boro inspired  

WWYH reviewed on HuffPost

Huffington Post contributor Bill Lichtenstein reviews WHERE Were You Harassed? and other art pieces in the light of current events and mounting claims of sexual harassment in all realms of American culture and politics. Read the review.


Awarded a 2017 Research Grant from The Center for Craft Creativity and Design, Asheville, NC I will be researching the cultural, sociological and aesthetic relevance of traditional Japanese boro textiles to contemporary craft, art and design. Topics to explore include: Repair, Visible Mending and Slow Stitching Respect for Materials, Time, Labor and Resources The Decaying Form Elevating the Commonplace or Discarded: the Found Object The Human Touch, Seeing the Hand at

An artist speaks out about Quiet

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


GALLERY DRAWINGS: Drawing on scraps of life Artist Martin Kippenberger made hundreds of drawings on hotel stationery, “Hotel Drawings,” a kind of travel diary. These are sketches on museum ephemera–my own rough mnemonic–from a treasured trip to Berlin in 2017. SHOW: ART ON HOTEL NOTE PAPER 20-21 Visual Arts Centre

Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) Project

I am one of 120+ international artists collaborating on the UDHR Quilt project led by Tal Fitzpatrick and Stephanie Dunlap in Melbourne, Australia. I am illustrating Article 13 using a backdrop of Trump giving a speech on the US Travel Ban. My process will be documented as part of my online residency at @4rt4u. Article 13: FREEDOM OF MOVEMENT Everyone has the right to freedom of movement and residence within the

International Fiber Arts VIII, 28 July to 3 Sept 2017 — Sebastopol Center for the Arts, Sebastopol CA Biennial exhibition, in collaboration with Surface Design Association, for national and international artists doing innovative and traditional fiber art work, contemporary concepts using either traditional or unusual materials. My piece, Rams Horns, was accepted into this exhibition. Jurors: Wendy Lugg, Jason Pollen and Eszter Bornemisza. Link: FIBER ART VIII International Biennial Fiber Arts Exhibition


MODERN LOVE/MODERN SAMPLER was shown at World of Threads Festival, Living Arts Centre, Mississauga, Ontario October 2016 “Amusing, moving… a tale of a broken heart”– Kit Lang Art

Amusing, moving… a tale of a broken heart

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


MEMORY OF A RAM was displayed at FIBER ART VIII: International Biennial Fiber Arts Exhibition in collaboration with Surface Design Association, Sebastopol Center for the Arts in Sebastopol CA July 2017 and I C E L A N D :: blue at Underground Gallery, Art Works Downtown, San Rafael CA Feb 2017


ICE CREAM AND CAKE was donated to the Breast Cancer Resource Center and shown at Art Bra Austin, Palmer Events Center, Austin TX May 2016 “whimsical in appearance with strategically placed pompoms”– Breast Cancer Resource Center


Reimagining seemingly banal street objects into outdoor sculptures using rescued textiles for the Transforming Street Objects from Your Street to Main Street exhibit at Site:Brooklyn in the Gowanus district December 2015.