Artwork for Barbara Shaw
Wild Flower Meadow VI
I create art in textiles from many carefully selected scraps of fabric handstitched together in layers. I love interpreting the world around me using textiles like paint to depict a range of subjects.
Being an artist means I can freely explore colours, shapes and marks and produce something tangible from the materials I use. It is an opportunity to use all my senses to convey meaning in my work.
Textile Artist at Art in Textiles
I am passionate about learning and progression in my art practice. I constantly try to depict new subjects to challenge myself and develop further.
I am self-taught and came to textile art late in life after discovering I could create pictures using scraps left over from patchwork quilts. Over time I have developed my practice from simple glued collages to handstitched artwork, which looks like impressionist paintings from a distance. Close up all the textures of the materials can be seen.
Because of the recent pandemic and relocating from Buckinghamshire to Herefordshire I have been unable to exhibit as normal in the past three years. Prior to that I exhibited in museums and galleries including the Oxford Museum of Natural History; I was Artist -in-Residence at 2 National Trust properties and a piece of my work was hung in an exhibition in Parliament. I was approached to take part in Junk Rescue, a CBeebies programme and as a result of that took part in a big BBC Summer Festival. I have had a solo exhibition and a joint exhibition at Claydon Estate, Buckinghamshire.
I currently have work in Old Chapel Gallery, Pembridge and am shortly to have more artwork in Oil and Oak Gallery, Hay on Wye.