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Barbara Shaw

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Wild Flower Meadow VI

Ryeland Sheep


0753 5509 188
How would you describe the work you do and why?: 

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.

For you what does being an artist mean?: 

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.

Describe what you call yourself/your practice?: 

Textile Artist at Art in Textiles

Your practice & activities include e.g workshops, teaching: 

I am passionate about learning and progression in my art practice. I constantly try to depict new subjects to challenge myself and develop further.

CV & Education, relevant & leading to your artistic practice: 

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.

Exhibitions in the last 3 years: 

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.

Your gallery outlets/stockists: 

I currently have work in Old Chapel Gallery, Pembridge and am shortly to have more artwork in Oil and Oak Gallery, Hay on Wye.

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