2011 Gallery


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Raggedy Black Heart

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Cotton, rayon, silk, velvet, hand dyed, hand painted, machine and hand embroidery, woven boro, 24×23″


Contextural “Have Work, Will Travel” exhibition  Oct 3-Dec 30/11 Epcor Centre for the Performing Arts, Ledge Gallery, Calgary, Alberta

“Ecolloquy”: 3×3″, ecoprinted, hand embroidered, cotton and silk, beads, stones, sticks

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 Artist Statement

As textile artists, we connect and are connected to communities larger than our Selves, or our immediate environs. We encapsulate culture, technique, history and innovation every time we touch cloth.

arlee barr uses ecoprints, natural dyes and hand stitch to bridge early world textile practices and contemporary form. As each imprint of leaf, dye bath and stitch is added, the marking of time and labour create both temporal and chronological narratives. The intrinsic nature of indigenous plant material and personal variations in hand-work direct the story, but leave much open to interpretation.


Contextural residency show “Collaboration” , 371 Gallery, Alberta College of Art and Design, Calgary, Alberta, August 25-Sept12/11

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Foreground work by Anne Fetterly, wall pieces by Anna Maria Zatko

“Padded Cell: Boro’d Time” arlee barr
Naturally dyed threads and fabrics, ecoprinted fabrics, hand and machine stitch.

Collaborating with Nature means giving up some control of design. Chance and accidents result in organic graffiti that the artist can only enhance, not claim.

An obsessive embroiderer, locked in her own mind, stitches her myopic and isolated view of time and sanity in daily recordings of hope and despair. A sampler, a diary, a medical chart, nature and personal tempo elicit responses to her internal and external wanderings, with thread and needle marking each day.

Accepted into DaDe Gallery FABRICation show May 2012 Calgary Alberta

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Ecoprinted and naturally dyed/rusted cotton and silk, hand and machine embroidery, 40×54″


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Above, “Sad Self Portrait”

Below, ecoprints:

Land Spine detail

Land Spine


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eucalyptus, mary and rose leaf on cotton/14x19"

EXQUISITE 14×19″/Eco-printed eucalyptus, rose leaf,  nettle leaf, iron on cotton

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9 responses to “2011 Gallery

  1. Deb

    March 4, 2011 at 6:12 am

    the more I look at these the more I think “alien hides”


    • arlee

      March 4, 2011 at 7:45 am

      oh hadn’t thought of that Deb—a new area to explore 🙂


  2. Kadira

    March 15, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    I worked in fabric a few years ago – hand dyed silk- rayon velvets with metallic prints – after Fortuny. I think your prints are beautiful – to me they suggest fragile insects with beautiful delicate wings 🙂


    • arlee

      March 26, 2011 at 10:21 am

      Thank you Kadira 🙂

      Ah, Fortuny…….


  3. deemallon

    April 2, 2011 at 1:35 pm



  4. Kelli Brevick

    July 10, 2011 at 11:58 am

    In your self portrait piece here, is there any machine stitching?
    It’s a beautiful piece!


    • arlee

      July 10, 2011 at 4:52 pm

      Kelli, most of it is hand stitch; I used a bit of machine to hold things down, and accent a few areas, but the majority of that gets covered by hand as well.


  5. t

    April 2, 2013 at 5:29 pm

    Some absolutely amazing art works here arlee.
    I particularly like the vibrant red in the Raggedy Black Heart.
    And the three dimensional properties of Ecolloquy.

    But really I love it all
    Good luck with your exhibition
    It looks like a success already.