Barb Riegel Bend’s fiber sculptures predominately are archetypical women, characterizing strength, movement, struggle and/or whimsy. She adopts wrapping techniques to encase welded scrap metal armatures of pieces to form and shape the bodies of her figures. Through use of wrapping techniques and fabric uniqueness, Barb transforms welded abstractions into unique artistic forms of expression.
Barb Riegel Bend began her education in studio art at Knox College, Galesburg, Ill; and achieved a MA (education) at University of Wisconsin-Madison. She taught art for over 30 years in public and private schools; inspired by children’s raw, fumbling, chaotic minds. Barb has explored spinning, weaving, quilting, and natural dying through classes at the Weavers Guild and Textile Center of Minnesota.