Barbara Brecher is an award-winning fiber artist and graphic designer and the owner of I Felt Fine Design, a fiber design studio. Over the last 20 plus years, she has worked to develop a unique felting process. Through her innovative dying and painting techniques, and thoughtful, creative designs, Barbara makes it possible to quite literally wear a piece of art! Combining both silk and wool, each piece displays a lively range of vivid color and captivating texture.
Barbara turned to felting after she bought her first computer for her graphic design studio. Before computers became the tool of choice for graphic designers, she spent her days using hand-held tools including markers, paper and pencils. Once she realized she would be sitting in front of a computer designing her work, she searched for a tactile outlet for her creative talents.
In 1990 she was introduced to felting and has been working in this medium ever since. Using silk as a base, she layers wool and silk on the base and attaches everything together by wet felting the materials together. She hand-dyes many of her fabrics.
Until 2021 she served as the Executive Director of the Steamboat Era Museum in Irvington, Virginia for 7+ years. During that time, she oversaw the restoration of the Potomac pilothouse, designed the museum’s exhibits and created and designed a coffee table publication "Steam-Driven: How Steamboats Shaped the Future of Virginia’s Northern Neck" as well as "Chesapeake Bay Steamboat Era A-Z."
For more than 20 years Barbara owned a graphic design and marketing firm, Brecher Design Group, in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia, where she produced award winning designs. Her clients included National Geographic, the American Red Cross and numerous corporations and non-profit organizations.
She continues to create and design books, including the recent publications, "A Dog's Life: Truman A-Z", and "Four-Letter Words Everyone Should Know."
Barbara grew up in the Boston MA area and is an avid Red Sox fan. She lives in Lottsburg, VA with her husband Michael Geissinger, a photojournalist, and Truman, a Northern Neck rescue dog and the "Mayor" of Doctors Point Road.
You can contact Barb at: info@IFeltFineDesign.com