My work is multifaceted and includes media ranging from fabric, fibers and
felt to metal wire and wood. I find inspiration in the world around me,
drawing upon the style, color and textures of places where I have lived or
traveled since childhood. Many elements of my work also come from the
shapes and colors of nature.
Because I enjoy working with so many different materials, my recent work has explored combining fiber and metal in fun, innovative designs. I love the feel of soft wool and the look of polished metal. The challenge in my work is finding ways to combine these senses into a design where the
juxtapositions of hard and soft, bright and dull, rough and smooth, work to
create a unified piece.
Barbara Kile, a professional librarian for over 35 years, received both her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science degrees from the University of Illinois. She studied jewelry for many years at the Glassell School of Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. In 1997 she became aware of felting and began taking felting workshops with local and internationally known instructors. Since 2005 Barbara has been an adjunct professor at Houston Community College, teaching in the Fashion Department. She also teaches felting workshops at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Glassell School, and other local venues and has taught at the Taos Wool Festival. From July to December 2008 Barbara was an Artist in Residency at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft.
She is active in Houston Area Fiber Artists, Contemporary Handweavers of Houston, and Houston Metal Arts Guild and is a member of the North American Felters’ Network and the International Feltmakers Association. Her work is shown and sold in Houston area shops and the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft. Many of her pieces have been included in juried shows. Barbara has had a love of fabrics, textiles and jewelry for most of her life. Living and traveling in different parts of the world have influenced the style, color and texture of her work.