Arlee Barr

Artist Statement

arlee barr has been creating art with fabric, needles and words for over 5 decades. Her mother was instrumental in teaching her to explore the odd, see the absurdities in rule keeping, and to express herself unconventionally. A graduate of Capilano College’s Textile Arts program (North Vancouver BC,1993-95), she is a member of Contextural Fibre Arts Co-operative and the Surface Design Association, has been featured in several international magazines, teaches online and has exhibited nationally and internationally. arlee’s focus is combining hand and machine stitch with natural dyeing, in eccentric forms and viewpoints. Fascinated by the human body and the chemistry and inherent “accidental design” of natural dyeing, i Illustrate idiosyncratic stories with hand dyed and found fabrics.


I create with inherent forces–you can’t escape the attrition marks in these surface design techniques. Stitch augments the designs, a practice i call “finding the image”. Natural dyes and ecoprints create innate graffiti to be interpreted on the cloth: even a failed piece can be subtext for a story. I use the principle “Shizen”, when naturally occurring patterns and rhythms are incorporated into the design, being of nature, but distinct from it because of my translation.


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