Barbara bryn klare



Ms Klare was born in Athens, Ohio, and received her BA in geology and studio art/art history from Oberlin College, where she worked in the Allen Art Museum conservation lab. In the 90s, she worked as a freelance textile and surface designer in San Francisco and Los Angeles.

Her work has been exhibited in galleries and museums in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Brooklyn, S Korea, Canada, UK and others. Her work has been reviewed online and in print, including Huffington PostWoven Tale Press, Art Bra Austin andCulturetr/ke and she has been Artist-in-Residence at Cambridge Sustainability Residency and Icelandic Textile Centre. Ms Klare is curator for the modernboro collection of ragged, tattered and patched pieces and is a Founding Member of Textile Arts LA. In 2017, she was awarded a research grant from The Center for Craft, Creativity and Design to study the relevance of traditional Japanese boro textiles to contemporary art, craft and design.


I am an artist and researcher who uses rescued textiles, objects, thread, and digital media to reference contemporary culture and society.

I see my roles as varied and fluid: Artist, Activist, Concerned Citizen, People Connector, Bridgemaker, Archivist, Data Analyst. My Artist as First Responder series envisions artists as vital contributors to society and as members of a creative response team reacting to the often confusing, troubling news of the day. Art is the act of making the difficult visible and tangible—to feel and perceive deeply, and connect back to life.

Stylistically, my work sits between emotional and physical repair and its companions, degradation and decay. I rescue and champion the humble and frayed, finding a tentative beauty in all things fragile and handmade. I approach textiles as a painter approaches a blank canvas: cloth becomes paint and thread becomes line. Color is divided into strands. Frayed cloth is the un-weaving of a weary, modern world; a thread-by-thread loosening of our humanity. Yet even a worn-out textile speaks of a stubborn tenacity—and hope.