I am an International Textile teacher, who for many years lived in Kimpton, Hertfordshire, UK, but now have emigrated to southern Western Australia and live in Busselton, overlooking Geographe Bay - wonderfull!
I am in my studio, compelled to make.
So many choices; my collection of diverse wools and silks.
Recent work is all about creating surface design and the wet felting process which demands that I engage intimately with the qualities in these natural fibres. Working directly with my hands is liberating, exciting, risky and yet calming, serendipitous. Colour, texture and making marks are all considered and the process of manipulation as the cloth changes and shrinks. Layering and stitching may follow.
The contrasting coastlines of Australia are becoming my second home, and my inspirational passion. The range of blue-greens dazzle against the pale sands, whipped up by the surf, interrupting the marks left by living forms arouse curiosity. Beneath my feet, in the bush, strange and beautiful banksia cones draw my attention.
Barbara has been working with textiles over five decades, teaching and exhibiting along the way. Contemporary Quilt making has been a major focus, layering and stitching to add further elements of design.