Barbara Belle Sloan
Growing up in Chicago, Illinois, creativity was part of everyday life. I have vivid memories of asking my father to draw Mickey Mouse, or another Disney character--or anything else at all. He was a natural artist albeit a colorblind one. I like to think that I inherited my artistic talent from him. Throughout childhood I was always drawing pictures, coloring, or making paper dolls. In elementary school, my favorite assignments were the ones that included creating illustrations. High school art introduced me to a wide array of processes: silk screen, linoleum printmaking, soap carving and copper enameling in addition to the usual drawing and painting. In college I took classes in etching and ceramics but it was woodblock printing that captured my attention and the media to which I have devoted my talents.
I am fortunate to have been able to combine my printmaking skills with an interest in costumes and textiles. A graduate degree in European costume history combined with museum experience in non-western clothing provided me a worldwide view of the history of dress. Recent travel to Japan has influenced my most recent prints.