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Raggedy Black Heart
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
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
“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
Ecoprinted and naturally dyed/rusted cotton and silk, hand and machine embroidery, 40×54″
Above, “Sad Self Portrait”