The Illuminated

Thoughts about Writing, History, and Creativity
Land Divided by Law is available in paper and electronic formats at, Quid Pro Books, and other leading sites.
The Illuminatrix is available at, Quid Pro Books, and other leading sites.
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 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 Land Divided by Law (Quid Pro Books, 2014) and a book of fiction, The Illuminatrix (Quid Pro Books, 2012). 
Red Element (July 2014), a textile incorporating hand dyed cotton, linen, and silk fabrics, will be shown as part of Studio Oh!'s group exhibit, "Whose Afraid of Red," December 12, 2014 - January 18, 2015, at 1837 South Halsted, Chicago. 

Gallery hours are Tuesdays, 1-6, and Saturdays, 1-5, and by appointment.
What is Taken Away is Given Back (detail), hand dyed silk overlaid with silk fiber (November 2014)