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.
I am a Canadian artist in Calgary, Alberta, working primarily with textiles. I’m curious, eccentric and just a little opinionated. Surrealist in thought, Fauvist at heart, eclectic, explorative and absurd, I use hand and machine techniques to illustrate idiosyncratic stories and integrate my own ecoprinted, naturally dyed, and selectively synthetic dyed cloth and threads, and “found” fabrics in my work. I am learning to respectfully collect a history with stitch, incorporating meaningful text, personal symbolism and a Slow Cloth philosophy, believing that artistic expression is instinctual when you listen to yourself truthfully. I am fascinated by the workings of the human body, and the natural world, interpreting them in unconventional ways.