Barb Forrister is an award winning quilt and fiber artist whose work has been exhibited both at a national and international level. She is a member of Studio Art Quilt Associates, International Quilt Association and Austin Area Quilt Guild. Currently residing in Austin, she serves as Vice President of Austin Fiber Artists and maintains a studio in her home where she can often be found working on her latest creation. Barb’s roots as an artist stem from traditional quilting and though she works in abstract form, her true love is creating nature and pictorial scenes in a 3 dimensional manner. As an avid environmentalist and recycler, Barb gets her inspiration from observing nature and employing unusual and “upcycled” materials to convey textural surfaces. Many of these materials include heat distressed plastics, hand dyed, inked or painted antique, linens, lace and fibers, beads and trinkets. Barb also supports and contributes to many causes by donating her time and work to organizations such as The Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative, American Cancer Society and National Wildlife Federation. At present, Barb Forrister has offered to donate 10% of the proceeds from any of her artwork sold to NWF to help wildlife impacted by the BP oil spill. Come join the cause. Barb’s work can be seen at The Copper Shade Tree Gallery in Round Top, Texas, and the International Quilt Festival in Houston, Texas, Long Beach, California and Cincinnati, Ohio. Barb’s work has also been published in SAQA Portfolio 16, Portfolio 17 and Lone Stars III: Texas Quilts Today to be released in 2011.