patti barker

felt wear designer/instructor

Patti is an award-winning felt wear designer and enjoys teaching others the wonders of felt making.


Artist's Statement:

     "From the very beginning of my nuno felt experience, the process of transforming wisps of wool and silk into felted cloth with a little soapy water, has struck me as magical. It's that magical process, with its playful nature and subtle shifts, that leads to experimentation. My designs are come from many hours of saying "what happens if..." As a result, they express fun and whimsy, yet are functional. If a person feels a bit more playful or beautiful while adorned with my work, then I have succeeded."


    All of Patti's designs are produced with felted seams (no sewing). The fabric and the garment are created simultaneously, using wet felting techniques. What makes them unique is her hand-dying of elements used. She also hand-spins her embellishing art yarns and totally enjoys the playfulness they bring to the process. 




San Juan County Textile Guild

International Feltmakers Association

PNW Feltmakers Group

Gainesville Handweavers Guild

Gainesville Fine Arts Association

2011, 2012, 2013 Merit Awards - SunFest Fine Arts Festival

2012, 2013 Instruction - Southeast Animal Fiber Fair, Asheville, NC

2012 LaConner Textile Museum - "Victorian Rocker" 1st Place, Fiber Art

2012 "Winter is the King of Showmen" Juried Exhibition, San Juan Island Museum of Art 

2013 "Crossing Borders, Crossing Threads" Juried Exhibition & Fashion Show - ANWG Conference, Bellingham, WA

2013 "Echos of the Tides"  Juried Exhibition, San Juan Island Museum of Art 

2014 "Best of IMA's Artist Registry" Juried Exhibition - SJI Museum of Art 

2014, 2015, 2016, Black Sheep Gathering, Eugene, OR Instruction

2015 "Torn, Tattered & Sepia" Juried Exhibition - SJI Museum of Art 

2016 "Forms In Fiber" Exhibition - Western Washington University

2016 "Dream Sequence" window display, Ragfinery, Bellingham, WA

2016 "Studio Open House" Residency at VCCA France, La Cebo au Moulin a Nef, Auvillar

2016 "Excellence in Fiber" Juried Exhibition in Print, Fiber Art Now Magazine

2016 "Spirits Taking Form"  Juried Exhibition - SJI Museum of Art 

2016 "Mediating Dreams" Solo Exhibition, Fiber Art Studio, SJI

2017 "Figure & Symbol" Exhibition - Western Washington University

2017 "Wearable ExpressionsHonorable Mention, 7th International Juried Exhibition, Palos Verdes Art Center, CA

2017 "Spring Juried Exhibit" Jansen Art Center, Lynden, WA

2017 "Treadle Lightly" ANWG Conference, Juried Exhibition & Fashion Show,  Victoria, BC, Raven's Cape won 2nd Place Most Innovative and 2nd Place Best Felted Fabric, Stained Glass Shawl won 2nd Place Felted Carded Fibers

2017 Niche Awards Finalist , Curly Lock Boa, Niche Magazine

2017 "Coded Threads: Textiles & Technology"Western Gallery, Bellingham, WA

2017 "Elegant Threads: Wearable Art & Surface Design" Lighthouse ArtCenter Palm Beach, FL

2018 "Connecting Threads" Confluence Gallery, Twisp, WA 

2018 "21st Juried Art Show" Schack Art Center, Everett, WA

2018 "Art Over The Harbor" Exhibition, Friday Harbor, WA

2018 "Pop Up Show" Bainbridge Island Museum of Art 

2018  Fiber Fusion, Marysville, WA - Instruction

2018 PNW Quilt & Fiber Festival, Exhibition,  Everett, WA Stained Glass Shawl won 2nd Place Wearable Art, Dragon Skin Dress Coat won 3rd Place Wearable Art 

2019 Bisbee Fiber Arts Guild, Bisbee, AZ Instruction

2019 Sedona Arts Center, Sedona, AZ Instruction

2019 Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival, West Friendship, MD Instruction

2019 Port Townsend Wearable Art Fashion Show, Dragon Skin Ensemble, Peer Award 

2019 "From our Hands," Exhibition PNW Textile Museum, LaConner, WA

2019 SJI Studio Tour, guest artist @ Jason Munkres Weaving Studio

2019 ManneqArt Wearable Art Show, Savage, MD 1st Place, Amphibian Category, Dragon Skin Ensemble

2019 Black Sheep Gathering, Eugene, OR Instruction

2019 Copper K Fiber Festival, Whitehall, MT Instruction

2019 Fiber Fusion Northwest, Marysville, WA Instruction

2019 19th Art Wear Biennial, Ft. Collins, CO "Excellence in Technique" Award, Dragon Skin Dress Coat

2019 "Art Over the Harbor" Exhibition of new work

2019 " Excellence In Fiber V" Award, Fiber Art Now Magazine, Tortoise Cloak, & Exhibition at Muskegon Museum of Art 

2019 International Quilt & Fiber Art Show - 1st Place Felt, "PNW Beach" 

2019 "A Stitch To Wear" Exhibition, Cumberland, MD

2020 Arizona Arts Federation "Traveling Teacher"      eight workshops/six cities/three weeks

2020 "Kaleidoscope" juried online exhibition, International Felt Makers

2021 Carolina Fiber Festival - Online Instruction

2021 Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival - Online Instruction

2021 North Olympic Shuttle & Spindle Guild, "One Fiber Art Journey"      lecture