We are so very proud to have Barbara McCraw joining us for our "All Day Quilt Exhibit" on Saturday Feb 10, 2018! She is a much respected and incredible quilt maker and we know that you will love to see her quilts and spend some time with her. This is a Free exhibit, open to the public and our attendees. We hope that you will come by to visit TKDAA™2018.
Barbara McCraw is a retired Medical Technologist now working as a fiber artist. Since 1989 she has actively been teaching classes, lecturing and exhibiting her art. Her works have been shown in local and national galleries and universities. She is a multiple ribbon winner in the Masters Category at Dallas Quilt Shows, and her quilts have been juried into the American and International Quilt Shows. She was the subject of a CBS human interest story, featured in several newspaper stories, and recently featured in a documentary created by the University of North Texas Radio and Film department.
She currently has two quilted coats in a Fort Worth, Texas gallery, a quilt hanging in the Denton County, Texas African American Museum, which raised $4000, and a juried quilt traveling in a one year special exhibit with the International Quilt Association. Barbara has raised several thousand dollars in raffles for her chosen non-profit organizations, and continues to work on her own designs and commissioned pieces.
In Barbara's words...
I grew up in a Chicago tenement, most in awe of how my mother took second-hand scraps of fabric, furniture, and hand-me-downs and turned them into a palace of a place for us to live. It might not have really been a palace, but in my mind it was.
My artwork is most influenced by my imagination, the encouragement I receive from my friends and the memory of my mom. I think of her the most while I'm sewing; I think of how steadfast and hardworking she was and at once, my patience grows for the tedious work sometimes involved in quilt making. Satisfaction with the results is much more important to me than how long it takes to get there.
The colors in my head are vivid, recalling movement, Nature, and the beauty of people. I have great respect for traditional quilting and love to imagine and learn the history behind the patterns, but my true interest is in creating one-of-a-kind, uniquely designed quilts using more contemporary techniques.
I feel a communal joy in working with other women, and a personal joy in creating articles of expression and comfort. I am influenced by my need to express my imagination, my heritage, my vision, and influenced also by my need to offer something of myself through community service. For me, the art of quilt making allows me to accomplish all of this.
Please visit Barbara at: http://www.quiltasart.com/
Here is a youtube video link from Barbara with her award winning quilt May 2017 at AQS Paducah week: