Fiber Art Focus

Over the past year, I've focused on curating a new aesthetic for Barton Craft & Design. I designed an entirely new style of soldered and textile jewelry and have developed some signature fiber art styles that I create and offer in my online shop. 

The pieces pictured below are a part of my "Clouds" series. They're all inspired by texture and incorporate so much fluffy goodness! I use a variety of different yarns, roving, rope, and fabric woven together in a number of different techniques to achieve these lovely tactile pieces that would go great in any room. 

Another series of fiber art pieces I’ve been designing over the past few months are my soldered brass wall hangings. These pieces are inspired by my jewelry designs, and I like to think of them like jewelry for your walls. I think they’re perfect on their own, but would also be so impactful in a gallery wall for a little bit of added texture and shine.

All of these pieces are made with hand formed brass rod, then soldered, polished and woven onto. They’ve even got a perfect hanging loop at the top ready for you to install them with a nail or screw. Almost all of these wall hangings are woven with naturally dyed yarns from plants that I’ve either foraged, collected or grown in my very own natural dye garden from seed. Each one is truly one of a kind piece of art.

You can shop the fiber art pieces that are ready to ship in my shop, and I’m open to custom work at any time!

New Jewelry Collection: Inspiration Behind the Design

I've been working on a new collection of jewelry the past few months and the time has finally come to launch these pieces on the site. Spring is my favorite season and and there's no better way to usher in the season than with fresh, new designs. I wanted to share some of my inspiration and process behind this new work. 

These pieces were inspired by geometry and the strategic use of negative space. The names of the pieces are words that describe the shape or movement of the design. Each piece incorporates hand formed brass components and woven, knitted, and knotted texture.

I'm a fiber artist, so the addition of texture to this new jewelry collection was important to me. I wanted to strike a balance between the hard and shiny surface of the brass and the soft beautiful quality of the textiles. 

Each piece was so intentionally designed and carefully hand crafted. Several of the pieces even include yarns that I naturally dyed myself with plants. I see each necklace and pair of earrings as a wearable work of art.

Below you can see a few images of the pieces in progress and a little bit of my natural dye process. The brass pieces are all filed, sanded and polished before adding the textile elements. Avocado pits and skins make a beautiful blush color that I incorporated into these new pieces quite a bit. I also used indigo extract powder to a few pieces in the collection.

Below are some of the finished photos of the jewelry styled. My wonderfully talented friend Julia Madden Sears photographed the final pieces and did such an incredible job bringing my vision to life!

I hope you all love the new pieces as much as I enjoyed designing and making them!