Barb Strick Quilts
I’m Barbara, an artist and my medium is fabric. I was a weaver many years ago, and I had a long career in corporate graphics. I’ve lived in Mill Valley, California for almost 50 years.
In 2002, I was looking for a way to channel my creative drive, and in my first quilt class, I knew I had found it. Quilting was a culmination of so many of my past skills and interests — sewing, weaving, crafting, graphic design and math. Since then, great teachers and endless experimentation continue to help my style evolve.
I typically like to work improvisationally - a palette of fabrics - the spark of an idea - a willingness to let the design happen. As colors and shapes define themselves, the quilt appears. Curating that process, with continuous decisions, is the fun part for me.
Recently, I find myself doing just the opposite! I’ve been working intentionally, starting with a sketch and planning layout and colors before sewing. The structure provides more clarity in the finished art.
Either way, quilting helps me make sense of my life. As I design and sort fabrics, I consider thoughts, analyze problems, find solutions, focus on perceptions and reflect on possibilities. I let my mind drift and return to focus. My creative process is something like meditation. The cut-up and rearranged fabric recreates itself; an expression of what’s going on inside of me. It’s both calming and exciting.