Around Home July 2023
We live in a wonderful area. Each day brings something unique to observe. We’ve seen rainbows at sunset from our deck, looking east. One day a southern alligator lizard (native to the US Pacific coast) appeared in our front yard. I love the patterning along its body. Every now and then we see an albino squirrel down the hill from where we live, along our morning walk route. He’s a curious fellow and is quite the acrobat as he tries to access the sunflower seeds in a feeder. These gifts from nature are food for the soul.
Barbara J. Walker, Fiber Artist
About The Author
Barbara was awarded the Master Certificate of Excellence in Handweaving from Handweavers Guild of America in 1990. She is an active member of Northwest Designer Craftartists, has been a faculty member of the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts and the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, and has taught for guilds and conferences in the United States, England, Canada, and Japan. Her work has been exhibited internationally, and two of her pieces are the only examples of ply-splitting included in Lark Books' 500 Baskets. She is an enthusiastic educator and has had numerous articles published in Strands, Complex Weavers Journal, Handwoven, Weaver’s, and Shuttle, Spindle & Dyepot. Barbara has published two books, Ply-Splitting from Drawdowns: Interpreting Weave Structures in Ply-Split Braiding in 2012 and Supplementary Warp Patterning: Turned Drafts, Embellishments & Motifs in 2016.
Barbara’s home studio overlooks the Willamette Valley in Salem, Oregon.