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 

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, NC

2022 Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival

2022 Blacksheep Gathering, Albany, OR

2022 Video Production @ Living Felt - Art Vest

exhibitions, awards & media

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

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 

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 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 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 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 "Kaleidoscope" juried online exhibition, International Felt Makers

2021 Featured in Felt Matters magazine

2021 "The Second Half" juried online exhibition Las Laguna Art Gallery

2021 "Reconnect" juried online exhibition, International Felt Makers

2021 "Texture" exhibition, Best In Show Earthquake, GFAA Gallery

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

2021 "Open Theme" juried online exhibition, Las Laguna Art Gallery 

2022 Valdosta National @ Dedo Maranville Fine Arts Gallery, Tsunami

2022 ArtFields, South Carolina, Climate Sisters

2022 "Mythologies" Merit Award Dragonskin Ensemble, GFAA Gallery