(Rinsing the 15' "Straits Bluegrass Festival" banner)
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Barbara was born in the remote fishing community of Winter Harbour on the West Coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. She grew up surrounded by wilderness beaches and deep rain forests. Nature remains the major inspiration for her "silks".
Barbara has studied with Bill Morton, Canada's most prestigious silk dyer(Alta.College of Art & Design) and Arturo Sandoval, renowned textile artist at the University of Kentucky. Her original "Shaman's Robe" won a place in the 1994 ITTA Juried Show in Minneapolis-St. Paul. Her work has been accepted at galleries in Alaska, BC and Kentucky. She has a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of British Columbia and a Masters of Science degree in Merchandising, Apparel & Textiles from the University of Kentucky.
In her high school and university teaching career(over 35 years), she has taught textile design and silk painting extensively. She has been accepted as an instructor at the Kootenay School of Art and the Gibsons Landing Fibre Arts Festival 2002 and 2003. At present Barbara works and teaches out of her studio in the Cowichan Valley, BC, offering a variety of Silkpainting Workshops, Artworks and Quilting Kits.
Introduction to Silkpainting(1-day)
Colour Wheel & 12 Basic Techniques(2-day)
Japanese Resome(Wax-resist)(2-5 day)
Japanese Stencil & Stamping (2-day)
Shibori+(creating your own fabric)(2-day)
Pieced Wall Hanging(1-2 day)
crepe silk mounted on canvas
"View from Sointula"
45"x45" silk charmuse hanging
17"x22", prototype of quilting kit
Natural dyed silk