New Mexico fiber artist regular at Breckenridge Gathering at the Great Divide Art Festival |

New Mexico fiber artist regular at Breckenridge Gathering at the Great Divide Art Festival

New Mexico fiber artist Barbara Holloway.
Special to the Daily |

If you go

What: 40th annual Gathering at the Great Divide Art Festival

When: Saturday & Sunday, Sept. 5-6 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Monday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: North Main Street at Wellington parking lot, Breckenridge

Cost: Free admission

Barbara Holloway is fit to be tied nearly every day, and she loves it.

A fiber artist from Galisteo, New Mexico, Holloway is a decade-long regular at Breckenridge’s art shows, displaying and selling her creative, colorful, wearable art.

She is here for the 40th annual Gathering at the Great Divide Art Festival over Labor Day.

When not doing 20 to 25 shows around the country, from California to the Midwest, you’ll find Holloway in her studio, located on the Land of Enchantment’s high desert plateau.

“I arrived in New Mexico in the spring 1972 at 20 years of age,” Holloway said. “It proved to be a very good place for me to land as I found a wonderful community full of vibrant fiber artists to learn from and work with.”

Weaving is her life and her livelihood, explaining both in heartfelt words:

“I love to weave. My body craves the rhythmic motion. I began weaving after years of sewing with a desire to go one step further and create my own fabric for designing and sewing garments. My design inspirations come from everywhere, sometimes even dreams; they formulate during the many hours spent at the loom throwing the shuttle back and forth. I’m always thinking about the next great piece.

“I am very influenced by the subtle, natural colors that surround me and dazzled by the array of brilliantly colored yarns that adorn the floor to ceiling shelves of my studio,” she said. “I find the comfort, drape and wearability of this woven fabric to be unsurpassed by any other fiber. Its ‘hand’ is luxurious.”

Currently, she’s weaving primarily with rayon chenille and cotton yarns, occasionally adding other luxurious fiber accents, which are suitable for three seasons of wear and have rich, lustrous depths of shadings.

You can learn more about the fiber artist at:

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