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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 come from many hours of saying "what happens if..." I'm also intrigued with the way a garment can change the emotions of it's wearer.


     Original designs are produced with felted seams (no sewing). The fabric and the garment are created simultaneously, using wet felting techniques. I hand-dye elements used, hand-spin embellishing  art  yarns  and stitch bead embroidery to enhance the narrative of each piece of wearable art. 

    Much of my  work surrounds female empowerment. It's a thread connecting decades of my life that needs pulling. I've watched generations of women take a step back for every two steps forward. 





biography of instruction

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

2014, 2015, 2016, 2019, Black Sheep Gathering,           Eugene, OR

2018  Fiber Fusion, Marysville, WA

2018 "Women's Gathering" Anita Luvera Mayer Retreat 

2019 Bisbee Fiber Arts Guild, Bisbee, AZ 

2019 Sedona Arts Center, Sedona, AZ 

2019 Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival,

          West Friendship, MD 

2019 Copper K Fiber Festival, Whitehall, MT 

2019 Fiber Fusion Northwest, Marysville, WA 

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

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

2021 Carolina Fiber Festival - virtual

2021 Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival - virtual

2022 Warehouse Arts District, St. Petersburg, FL 

2022 Carolina Fiber Festival, Raleigh, NC

2022 Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival, Friendship, MD

2022 Blacksheep Gathering, Albany, OR

2022 Video Production @ Living Felt, Austin, TX

2022 Clifton Forge School of the Arts - Clifton Forge, VA

2023 Carolina Fiber Fest, Raleigh, NC

2023 Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival, Friendship, MD

2023 Flag Wool & Fiber Festival, Flagstaff, AZ

2023 Black Sheep Gathering, Albany, OR

2023 Southeastern Animal Fiber Festival, Asheville, NC

2023 Clifton Forge School of the Arts - Clifton Forge, VA

2023 Weavers West, Twisted Threads & Fiber Artists of Northern Arizona 

2024 Video Production @ Living Felt, Austin, TX

2024 Carolina Fiber Fest, Raleigh, NC

2024 Florida Convergence, Orlando

2024 Nuno Felt Mosaic Garment workshop @ John C Campbell Folk School, NC

2024 Nuno Felt Mosaic Coat workshop @ Snow Farm, Williamsburg, MA

2024 NW Yarns, Bellingham, WA 

2024 Anson County Fiber Retreat & Festival 

2024 Southeast Animal Fiber Fair - 4 classes

exhibitions, awards & media

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

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

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 

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  Fiber Art Now Magazine Juried Exhibition Excellence in Fiber award

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 Expressions 7th International Juried Exhibition, Palos Verdes Art Center, CA - Honorable Mention, Mosaic Cloak

2017 Spring Juried Exhibit Jansen Art Center, Lynden, WA

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

2017 Niche Magazine, Niche Awards Finalist , Curly Lock Boa

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

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

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

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

2019 A Stitch To Wear Exhibition, Cumberland, MD

2020 Kaleidoscope juried online exhibition, International Felt Makers

2021 Featured Artist in Felt Matters magazine Issue 143 

2021 The Second Half juried online exhibition Las Laguna Art Gallery

2021 Reconnect juried online exhibition, International Felt Makers

2021 Texture exhibition, GFAA Gallery Best In Show Earthquake

2021 Textures & Patterns juried online exhibition, Las Laguna Art Gallery

2021 Open Theme juried online exhibition, Las Laguna Art Gallery 

2021 Uncommon Threads Fashion Show, St. Charles, IL

2022 Valdosta National @ Dedo Maranville Fine Arts Gallery, Tsunami

2022 ArtFields, South Carolina, Climate Sisters

2022 Mythologies exhibition GFAA Gallery, Merit Award Dragonskin Ensemble

2022 Felt Maters Magazine "Unique Felting Tools" by Patti Barker

2022 International Quilt & Fiber Festival, 1st Place Fiber Art - Felt Whisper of Birches Swing Coat & 3rd Place - Wearable Art Garment Road Less Traveled Jacket

2022 20th Annual Biennial Art Wear, Ft. Collins, CO Excellence In Creativity Stained Glass Duster and Honorable Mention Dream Sequence II

2022 Uncommon Threads Fashion Show St Charles, IL Best of Show Wildfire

2022 SCORE Uncommon Threads virtual exhibit, B&W jacket

2022 Felt Matters Magazine, Ant Queen,  Wearable Art Exhibition Issue #149

2023 The Art of Adornment, Nuno Collage Jacket, The Hub on Canal, New Smyrna Beach, Fl 

2023 Fibers of Nature, two coats Floyd Center for the Arts, Floyd, VA

2023 Figures & Faces, Dream Sequence, Las Laguna Art Gallery

2023 Women in Art, Mosaic Bolero, Las Laguna Art Gallery

2023 Face of Fiber in the Rockies, Stained Glass Duster, Me Too Tunic, Treasure Bolero, Invitational Juried Exhibit 

2023 Artistic Excellence Award, Sea Crone - Circle Foundation for the Arts Spotlight Magazine Cover Contest 

2023 Your View online exhibition, International Felt Makers, Birch Tree Scarf

2023 Summer Spotlight XXVI, Webber Art Gallery, First Place Stained Glass Duster

2023 International Quilt & Fiber Festival, Brick House Coat, Stained Glass Duster

2023 Elegant Threads, Lighthouse Arts Center, Palm Beach,  Brick House Coat, Stained Glass Duster, B&W Jacket

2023 September Featured Artist, Orchard Gallery, Ft. Wayne, IN

2023 Growth exhibition, Gainesville Fine Arts Assoc, Merit Award, Last Tree

2023 Felt Matters Magazine, montage Shaman Coat

2024 Excellence in Fibers IX award, Fiber Art Now magazine, Brick House

2024 Black, White, Grey,  juried online exhibit, Las Laguna Art Gallery - B&W Jacket

2024 Art of Adornment, juried exhibit, The Hub on Canal, First Place Stained Glass Duster & marketing image

2024 String Theory exhibition, Cultural Center of Cape Cod, Stained Glass Duster, Scribbles & Echos I

2024 Women In Art, Las Laguna Art Gallery - B&W Jacket

2024 Fantastic Fibers, Yeiser Art Center - Stained Glass Duster, marketing image

2024 Garbled Guise, Indianapolis Art Center, Sea Crone Best In Show

2024 Felt Matters Magazine - No Way Back (2-page spread)

Volunteer for the following organizations:

International Felt Makers Association

Gainesville Weavers Guild

Gainesville Fine Arts Association

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