Barb Hilts’s textile art pieces are intriguing at first sight. A better look will reveal its similarities to the art of smocking. While majoring in Textile Design at the Ontario College of Art, Barb was introduced to hand painted silk and was intrigued with the ability to produce and control colour on fabric.
Having a passionate respect and interest of historical textiles, she adapts the intricate grid structures of quilting and weaving designs to the smocked stitch. Her sculptural textiles are a result of wanting to develop a dimensional quality to her work after years of working on a flat surface. The smocking merges her love for hand stitching and surface design.
Read more in our Summer 2014 issue.