Debbie Barrett-Jones

Debbie Barrett-Jones


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   8334 KENWOOD AVE, Kansas City, MO

Textiles artist, Debbie Barrett-Jones left her small town in Iowa so she could pursue an education at the Kansas City Art Institute (KCAI) and since graduation, has exhibited her work throughout the United States, including the Kansas City area locations, such as; Children’s Mercy Hospital in North Kansas City, Truman Medical Center, Community Christian Church and now, Lead Bank in the Crossroads. Careful consideration goes into color, composition, and material in each of her weavings. Her work reveals the beautiful communication that is the result of one color thread intersecting another. Her panels are composed of vibrating colors and elegant patterns which create a narrative in flux according to the viewer’s proximity to each piece. Along with weaving large-scale pieces for public and private spaces, she also creates intimate accessories such as scarves, shawls, and necklaces.  Sitting at her loom and weaving has become Debbie’s safe place, her sanctuary. Thread by thread, beat by beat of the weaving loom while creating a piece of fabric, provides a meditative experience, which allows her to step away from everyday worries and fears. In the same way, she hopes her artwork inspires peace, hope, and contemplation, serving as a beautiful distraction during our busy and chaotic lives. The next step of Barrett-Jones’ studio investigation has the artist digitally recontextualizing her woven objects on paper on metal. Her large digital prints of original weaving on aluminum metal can be seen at Weinberger Fine Art Gallery, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art Woman to Watch (Metals) June-January 28, 2018.  And coming soon, Woven Repeat; A new line of Home Decor, Wallpaper, Fabric and Upholstery, Accessories, Active Wear and more designed Debbie Barrett-Jones Textiles.