Barbara Heller is a tapestry artist who often tackles difficult themes in her work, weaving large and small tapestries for exhibition and for commission. She can be found most days (Covid regulations permitting) weaving at Fibre Art Studio on Granville Island.
Fibre Art Studio is located at 1610 Johnston Street on Granville Island in Vancouver. It is a small working studio shared by other textile artists and generally open to the public from 11 am – 4 pm Monday through Saturday, or by appointment.
My tapestries reflect my family, my environment, and my social concerns. I draw on old family photos, my Jewish heritage, the mystical side of world religions, and my passionate concern for the ills of the world. For the past several decades, I had depicted warnings of man’s impact on the planet and how we must wake up and take note of the devastation we are wreaking upon the environment.
I am concerned with humanity and its relationship to the environment, both natural and man-made, and to itself. I am concerned with our current worship of technology and how it affects our daily lives. We have lost our sense of who we are and how we fit into our world.
Tapestry is a deceptively enticing medium. I can give reality to my inner visions without unduly alienating the viewers. First, they are enticed by the tactile beauty of the yarns, then the image itself, then the message behind the image. I hope to engender a dialogue between the tapestries and the viewers, to make them pause for a moment and contemplate the ideas. Through awakening conscious links to the past and the present, I hope to forge a sense of responsibility to the future.