Barbara and Jan at Too Wild Quilters are two wild quilters! As I mentioned in a previous post, I visited Barbara at her home and studio for lunch and a tour. My photos don’t do justice to the amazing, fun and crazy art quilts she makes! I couldn’t get enough “looks” at them.
Barbara next to one of her original characters. Most of her art quilts are in this general size range.
This piece has a definite "Native American" feel to it. It is created from an old car washing rag her husband was throwing away. Barbara being the ever creative and up-cycling artist she is salvaged it to make this beautiful piece.
Barbara, does a bit of custom fabric dying and fabric painting to add depth and character to her finished work. A new version of an old folk art, this is an evolutionary art form in process.
One of her many portrait quilts, hand painted for depth.
- Whimsical is often the name of the game! Here is “I went shopping for a handbag and all I found was a fish in a box.”
- I love Barbara’s use of three dimensional objects in her two dimensional art form. This woman is wearing a real glass bead on her necklace. And a chicken on her shoulder.
- Seldom feeling the need to conform to traditional values in her quilting, this trapezoid portrait quilt veers from the equilateral of more traditional works.
- More whimsy and fantastic color combinations!
My understanding is, Barbara will be presenting a workshop sometime soon; it will include the dying process through creating your own portrait quilt. Look for more details about the workshop on her blog at Too Wild Quilters .
A great studio filled with natural light, organized and well stocked!