Barbara Layne is a member of The Textiles and Materiality Cluster at The Milieux Institute for Art, Culture and Technology at Concordia University in Montreal. Her practice is concerned with the creative potential of cloth and how to activate communication between people, their clothing and the places they inhabit. She is the director of Studio subTela where she works with graduate students from Fine Arts and Engineering and careful attention is given to hand crafting as well as content and meaning.
Layne lectures and exhibits internationally, recently at The Subtle Technologies Festival in Toronto, at Columbia University (NYC), and The Museo Textil de Oaxaca, Mexico. Her work is sponsored by the Canadian Foundation for Innovation, the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada and the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Quebec. She received the Concordia University Research Award for Technology, Industry and the Environment.