I create art in textiles, hand-stitching small pieces of fabric together in layers to produce unique collages. I ‘sketch’ with material so my work is a spontaneous interpretation of the subject. Since my initial experiments, the process of construction has become more sophisticated with a confident use of materials and an artist’s trained eye. My style of work is Impressionist as I interpret the essence of a subject. Viewers are drawn in to examine the thread detail but also appreciate the bigger image. To ensure authenticity, research plays an integral part in the process of constructing a picture and is essential for capturing detail
I have stitched a variety of pictures including still lives, landscapes, artefacts, fora and fauna and buildings. I was Artist -in-Residence at NT Chastleton House (2014) and NT Claydon House (2015). In 2016 I had a piece of work in an exhibition in Parliament and eight pictures in an exhibition on an Arctic theme in the Oxford Museum of Natural History. In 2017 I had my first solo exhibition at Claydon Estate, Buckinghamshire where I displayed sixty pieces of art.
In 2018 I began to make short videos of my practice and was approached by a television company to be filmed for a programme. An episode of ‘Junk Rescue’ featuring me and my work will be aired in June 2019 on CBeebies.
As part of Oxfordshire Artweeks www.artweeks.org from May 11th-18th I shall be exhibiting my textile art and demonstrating how I create my fabric collage pictures at Fisher German, 17 High Street, Thame OX9 2BZ. Open 10.30-4.30 weekdays, Saturday 10-12.30, closed Sunday. Free event
May 26th-August 18th My sheep pictures will feature in ‘Fibre’ at Heart Gallery, The Arts Centre, Hebden Bridge, Yorkshire HX7 6AA
May 19th-June 30th my work will feature in Hay Festival at Old Chapel Gallery, Pembridge, Herefordshire HR6 9HB www.oldchapelgallery.co.uk
From June 8th-23rd I shall be taking part in Bucks Art Weeks at Cymbeline Art and Cards, Princes Risborough, Bucks HP27 0AE www.bucksartweeeks.org/open-studios where I shall be talking about my work and demonstrating. Free event.
From August 24th-September 1st 2019 I shall be taking part in ‘Art in Stitch’, a joint exhibition with Rachel Wright, an embroiderer, at The Courtyard Art Studio, Claydon Estate, Buckinghamshire MK18 2EX www.thecourtyardartstudio.com
Original work is available to buy. Cards of my images can be ordered from: https://www.lovefromtheartist.com/Artists/aylesbury/art-in-textiles and a range of products with my designs on are available from https://www.artwow.co/products/artist/barbara-shaw