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arlee barr

I am a Canadian artist in Calgary, Alberta, working primarily with textiles. I'm curious, eccentric and just a little opinionated. Surrealist in thought, Fauvist at heart, eclectic, explorative and absurd, I use hand and machine techniques to illustrate idiosyncratic stories and integrate hand dyed and "found" fabrics in my work.I am learning to respectfully collect a history with stitch, incorporating meaningful text and a Slow Cloth philosophy, believing that personal expression is instinctual when you listen to yourself truthfully. I am fascinated by the workings of the human body, and the microscopic world, interpreting them in unconventional ways.

As  Kurt Vonnegut says: "I want to stand as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all the kinds of things you can't see from the center."

Beautiful Bones by Arlee Barr

Location:  Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Blog:  albedoarlee

Online store: FyberSpace
Memberships:  Contextural, ARTeries
Languages spoken: English

Tags: anatomical textile art, poetry and stitch, Slow Cloth, arlee barr, embroidery, beading, art quilts, hand dyed fabrics, dimensional textiles



  1. Arlee! Good to see you here. :)

  2. Your surface textures are amazing and absolutely beautiful. It looks like you've layered embroidery stitches over quilting; I haven't seen that done before. Nice.

  3. Arlee,
    Awesome work. The texture looks really deep. A pleasure!
    Laura Quilligan

  4. Thank you all! I have been remiss in checking comments---i appreciate the time you took to read and write :)


“Drive a nail home and clinch it so faithfully that you can wake up in the night and think of your work with satisfaction,- a work at which you would not be ashamed to invoke the Muse”
-Henry David Thoreau

In our case, it would be the needle or other fiber tool. Drive it home! And, we all thank you for your words, left here to these good folks. Invoke your Muse!


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