Barbara Shaw LSDC
Stitched & Constructed Textiles
Barbara is a self taught artist having experimented with scraps left over from making patchwork quilts. Her art is a spontaneous reaction to a subject as she does not sketch beforehand but cuts and shapes images as the work progresses. Small pieces of material are pinned first then hand sewn together using a grey thread. More layers are added until the piece of work is coherent.
Barbara's art has evolved from stitching cottons to now incorporating many fabrics of varying weight and texture in her work. She is very influenced by Kaffe Fassett for his bold mixture of colours and patterns, Impressionist painters such as Claude Monet for their unique loose interpretations of subjects and Gustav Klimt who used metal colours in a non-glitzy and sophisticated way.
Barbara's textile art results from a feeling or response to a subject so that the resulting pieces contain energy and emotion.
Barbara's art is regularly exhibited in galleries and museums and she has been Artist-in-Residence at National Trust properties Chastleton House (Oxfordshire) and Claydon House (Buckinghamshire). A piece of her work was bought by Oxfordshire County Museum for its collections and another picture was selected for display in an exhibition in Parliament. Her art has appeared in both local and national publications as well as featured in magazines in Australia, America and Germany. This year Barbara was selected to be filmed for a TV programme and the episode will be shown in June 2019