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Barbara Lee Smith – Textile Artist – Studio Tour

April 7, 2015

I first saw an exhibition by Barbara Lee Smith in Great Britain at the Knitting and Stitch Show.  People at this show are well accustomed to embroidery as an art form. But they were, as was I, so impressed at the wealth of prolific images within Barbara’s large one woman show at the Alexandria Palace.  Don’t get me wrong, the Palace is immense and there were other artists as well but Barbara’s work commanded  the viewer’s attention.   Her artwork and she was the Star of the show.  She works very large for an Embroiderer.  The reason, I am telling you about Barbara Lee Smith is that we are so fortunate to be going on a Studio Tour and have a talk by Barbara in Gig Harbor in two weeks time, April 21. In fact we will be staying for lunch too. Perhaps you would like to join us for a very special event to see her world famous artwork yourself.

She is an inspiring artist, a great speaker and sharer of wisdom, and has stunning work to share. Please email Gwen Lowery (gwen@brokenpoint.net) to sign up today! Cost is $100 and includes lunch at Barbara’s home. We will be carpooling to her home.

You may recall her book Celebrating the Stitch – Contemporary Embroidery in North America.  It was published in 1991 by Taunton Press. You can still buy it.  It is a classic for any stitchers’ library.  A personal goal of Barbara’s has been to help the field of textiles be recognized as a major art form and to see that those who use fiber as their primary medium are recognized within the larger world of art. She was named an honorary member of the Embroiderers Guild of England, as well as distinguished Resident by the Ragdale Foundation. Her work is in the collection of the Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian Institute, the Racine Art Museum, the Indianapolis Art Museum and various collections in Europe, Africa, Asia and South America as well as at home. For more information about Barbara and to see her work, go to her website: www.barbaraleesmith.com             Gail Harker

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A personal

goal has been to help the field of textiles be recognized as a major art form and to see

that those who use fiber as their primary medium are recognized within the larger world

of art.

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  1. pennypeters permalink
    April 8, 2015 4:23 am

    I am so looking forward to visiting Barbara Lee Smith and her studio before her planned move to the East Coast. What an opportunity! Hope many of you can join us!

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