Larkin Jean Van Horn is a mixed-media textile artist working in the areas of art quilts, beadwork, wearable art, and liturgical art since the mid-1980s. Each piece represents the combination of her imagination, inspiration from the world around her, and her strong sense of drama. The intense forms and colors of her work are sometimes a response to the grey Pacific Northwest winters, other times they reflect the natural energy of spring and summer. Whether exploring the variety of textures found on the island — the waves and tidelines, wind-bent trees, strata and fissures in the rocks on the seashore — or the inner landscape of emotions, spirit, and self, it’s all about texture. Larkin wants her work to have as much interest for the fingertips as for the eye — hence the decision to work with fabric, fiber, beads, and found objects. She is also drawn to the alchemy and serendipity of dyeing and painting her own fabrics and yarns to create her “paintbox” of materials.
Larkin is a member of the Northwest Designer Craftsmen, Studio Art Quilt Associates, and Surface Design Association. She is in demand as a teacher and lecturer, and has published books on beadwork, and patterns for wearable art garments and fabric vessels. Her work has been displayed and won honors both regionally and nationally, and is in many private and church collections.
Larkin grew up in Everett, and currently lives on Whidbey Island in Washington State with her husband/photographer/webmaster, Van, and her eclectic collection of fabric, fibers, and beads.