The Illuminated
Stitch

Thoughts about Writing, History, and Creativity
 
The Illuminatrix
The Illuminatrix is available in paper and electronic formats at Amazon.com. 

Barbara Leibhardt Wester is a lawyer and historian whose work focuses on environmental and Native American issues.  She lives in northern Illinois, with her husband, two teen-aged sons, and a large Siberian husky.  She makes textiles and likes to take photographs of eroding surfaces.  Her interest in how different cultures compete and cooperate in using shared natural resources and political power has resulted in non-fiction articles and a forthcoming book, Land Divided by Law (QuidProLaw 2014) and a book of fiction, The Illuminatrix, 2012.  
Time and Material Space, a collection of textiles on view in April, 2014

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Textiles are fundamental to human experience. Organic and inorganic fibers, knit and woven together, clothe us and have countless other uses. Textiles are created, erode, and break down. Their surfaces hold marks and time passing.


Inspired by elements of the Abstract Expressionist movement, these pieces explore how textiles can create tactile spaces in time: both marking boundaries and creating linkages; and providing a temporary gap within which to reflect on the possibilities of the next moment in which anything might happen.

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