NEWSLETTER"When I go to an art gallery and stand in front of a painting, I don't want someone telling me what I should be seeing or thinking; I want to feel whatever I feel, see whatever I see, and figure out what I figure out."- James Frey
Barbara has had a life time in fiber art by what she would call dabbling in fabric, thread, and yarns through sewing, quilting, and knitting. When she saw an art quilt in 1997, her passion for the art quilt form began.
She joined Front Range Contemporary Quilters and started taking art classes and participating in their juried member exhibits. Since then, she has been privileged to learn from many great national and international teachers. The techniques she learned include dyeing, painting, using resists, hand-piecing, free-motion machine embroidery, printing, silk screening, collaging, and book making.
Barbara has worked on a few series. One of those uses a dress shape to tell stories about healing. She painted or dyed the fabric, used a great deal of hand embroidery often incorporating beads. She hopes that by expressing her experiences those who look at her art will take something important away for themselves.
Ms. Olson belongs to Front Range Contemporary Quilters (FRCQ), North Boulder Arts District (NoBo), and Studio Art Quilts Associates (SAQA). She shows her work in these organizations’ exhibitions and in local galleries. She has participated in Open Studios of Boulder County and curates art exhibits at the Sanctuary Art Gallery, First United Methodist Church, Boulder.
Her work is in private and corporate collections.