Barbara Poole

Lowell, Massachusetts

Barbara Poole

I work in felt because of its plastic nature, historic ties to the body and it's metaphorical similarities and connections to skin. Felt has always provided insulation from the natural elements. Nomads used it for warmth and shelter - it can be seen in Mongolian yurts and elegant, shaped cloaks from the Middle East.

All my work is one of kind, but they may all begin as the same shape and size. I approach each piece as a unique work of art, so that even a simple scarf will possess it's own vision. My painters' background allows me to create work within the formal language of painting, paying attention to form, color and light. I create garments to adorn the wearer. My clothing and accessories embody the Bohemian lifestyle. I think of my work as BoHo Chic. 

Nothing gives me greater pleasure than to see the physical transformation of the wearers in my garments. The jackets encourage the wearer to move freely through her environment. As she walks the gossamer fabric of the jacket floats and lifts, making the wearer feel light and feminine. My scarves are sculptural in nature, with double folds of warm felt to protect the wearer ears and neck. The handbags I create a sculptural containers to protect the contents and to project an elegant casualness. 

The inspiration for my work comes from a number of sources, the four elements, earth, air, fire and water are a constant underlying theme in all my work, whether through color texture or form. I overlay the basic themes with an urban edge; I add rock and roll and jazz. 

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Seminars Presented by Barbara Poole

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A Reversible Nuno-Felted Jacket by Barbara Poole

Thu, Jun 21 – Sun, Jun 24

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