Ply-split braiding and weaving,
two centuries-old fiber arts, captivate me and compete equally for my creative energies. Mix in knotting,
braiding, and unlimited colorways, and I have a
of interlacements beckoning me to
bring them together in contemporary interpretations.
Weaving presents puzzles that must be solved – how do I
make each thread do what it needs to in order to make
the cloth I envision? Ply-splitting is very portable and
often allows me to add a light touch of whimsy to
dimensional pieces, in order to provide a brief respite
from the serious concerns of day-to-day life.
Teaching, Speaking, Sharing . . .
Through my teaching
workshops, lectures and speaking to guilds and other
organizations, I am able to convey my
love of these art forms to others. I, in turn, learn
much from the interaction with my students and the
sharing of ideas. No two of my workshops are ever the
same, because my students come from such varied
backgrounds and experience levels. Students enjoy my
unusual, practical, and systematic approaches to
learning, and I maintain an atmosphere of good humor,
open dialog, and gentle encouragement. In other words,
we have fun!
Book Info & Ordering
Fiber art pieces
by Barbara J. Walker
are available for purchase during exhibitions and
through this website.