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Developing a Tree Theme …. Guest Blogger: Barbara Fox

December 3, 2018

Advanced Studies in Experimental Stitch – Level 3 Exhibition Blog #4

I love all aspects of fiber arts; from the first thread piercing the fabric to finished piece–starting with an idea, developing that idea and then producing the final product. It was then, in my quest to satisfy that passion, I came upon this amazing

center to further develop that passion.

Level 3 Advanced Experimental Stitch has been both challenging and enriching every step of the way. Each student is encouraged to create a body of work expanding on a theme. I chose to develop the tree theme which has been the common thread throughout my studies at the Gail Harker Center for Creative Arts. The natural world has always played a part in my fiber arts study.

Working in an individual way creating work that is unique to my style has been very rewarding. Gail has a gentle way of supporting us and encouraging us to “really look” at our subjects. It is with this teaching method that I have learned to expand my artistic reach. This has truly been an enriching two and one/half years.


© Barbara Fox


l hanging – Fabric manipulation, applique and Hand stitch © Barbara Fox


closeup of tree hanging © Barbara Fox © Barbara Fox


Trees- Trapunto and Darning © Barbara Fox


Forest Floor – Fabric manipulation, applique and Hand stitch © Barbara Fox


Closeup Forest Floor – Fabric manipulation, applique and Hand stitch © Barbara Fox


Panel © Barbara Fox


Small tree panel © Barbara Fox


Darning Trees © Barbara Fox

10 Comments leave one →
  1. Linda Ingham permalink
    December 3, 2018 5:14 pm

    As always your work has such depth. Wished I had been able to see it in person. Amazing that such as simple stitch used for darning can create interesting and complex designs.

  2. Marilynn Olson permalink
    December 3, 2018 6:08 pm

    This exquisitely executed body of work not only honors trees, nature and the natural world but, in my opinion, pays homage to and exemplifies the brilliance of the artist. Barb’s creative juices flow like a hungry stream that is nourished by every fulfilling bite she has mindfully taken, savored and digested from the unique and inspiring teaching methods of Gail Harker during the years of her studies with Gail. An appreciation of this artist’s accomplishments is as high as the majesty of the trees she creates.

    • Barb Fox permalink
      December 9, 2018 6:41 am

      Thank you Marilynn!

  3. Penny Peters permalink
    December 3, 2018 6:16 pm

    Congratulations, Barb. It is clear you put a lot of thought into you lovely work. What a bonus that it photographs so beautifully!

  4. December 3, 2018 10:12 pm

    These are wonderful! I love trees and have been developing a body of work around trees for a while. It is great to see another’s perspective. I wish I could have seen it in person!

  5. December 4, 2018 12:24 am

    Barbara, you have such a great sense of colour and texture in your pieces and a sympathy with your subject that makes your work truly outstanding. Congratulations!

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