BSL Art Quilts
Barbara Lardon came to my attention through our LinkedIn group and once I saw her work, I became a fan. She lives in Plymouth, Wisconsin, and often finds inspiration in the daily scenes of rural life. She also creates abstract quilts, but her farm scenes are close to home for me as both of my parents came from farms in Minnesota and now live in Western Wisconsin in an area that looks a lot like Barbara’s quilts.
One of the hardest tasks to accomplish in figurative or landscape quilts is to illustrate depth and action, a task that Barbara accomplishes well. Many quilts end up looking flat, which can be fine as a technique, but I appreciate those who have the ability to bring an illustration to life. Doesn’t that rooster above look like he is ready to do something really naughty?
Depth can be created in many ways: changing the colors of the fabrics, using machine embroidery or quilting, adding paint or shadows with fabric pencils… Barbara uses many techniques to do that and she documents her process on her blog which can really help her audience understand all of the steps involved in creating these works. Her latest piece (first image) sold upon completion! This is a great way to capture the attention of those who are interested in process and I have found that many artists end up with fans who become attached to a work in this way.
You can see in the detail of the goose above how much planning goes into making fabric come alive with dimension and character!
Some of Barbara’s quilts have a spiritual dimension to them, exploring our relationship with Nature and perhaps how small we are and how everything is interconnected. The two pieces below are examples of this:
Barbara is prolific and has a shop on Etsy stocked with her wonderful work! I hope that you will go, explore and get one for your home or office!
I fell in love with this guy, while I did my window shopping! She has other owls, too, one of my favorite birds!
We’re so pleased to have Barbara as a member and look forward to knowing her as a person as well as an artist.
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