Polly Barton is a nationally recognized artist who has been working in fiber for over thirty years. She is known for adapting the ancient weaving technique of ikat into contemporary woven imagery.
Her recent work is a series of drawings in thread. Seduced by the surface of lush, matt pastel on paper stitched with metallic thread — needlework is a new way to follow the thread of ideas.
As a young artist, Polly Barton points to her formative job as the personal assistant to Helen Frankenthaler, from whom she observed the inner drive, resilience, and intention necessary for an artist. The year was an introduction to the challenges and rewards of the New York art world.
In 1981, she moved to Kameoka, Japan and lived in the religious heart of the Oomoto Foundation to study with master weaver, Tomohiko Inoue. She practiced tea ceremony, calligraphy and Noh Drama with Oomoto’s master teachers.
Barton continues to weave and shows her woven ikats on both coasts. Her work is in many collections including the Art Institute of Chicago, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Community Hospital Foundation of Monte Rey, and the Longhouse Reserve in New York. Hali Magazine, FiberArts, Surface Design Journal and American Craft, among others, have published her work. She is a member of the Textile Society of America, the Surface Design Association, the Textile Study Group of New York, and the Espanola Valley Fiber Arts Association. She enjoys lecturing and teaching workshops to weaving guilds and conferences around the country.
Polly Barton, Fertile Ground, Handwoven silk warp, silk and metallic weft, Ikat in silk and metallic thread, with additional dye painted on the warp before weaving , Overall: 41 1/2 × 31 1/4in. (105.4 × 79.4cm), Courtesy of the artist, Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Gravers Lane Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania