Meet Textile Artist Barbara Shaw

Barbara Shaw

Barbara Shaw creates art in textiles by ‘painting’ with fabric.


Artist Barbara Shaw

Being self-taught, Barbara’s work has developed a unique, distinctive, Impressionist style. Her pictures are built up with many layers of carefully selected scraps of material, which are hand-stitched together.

Barbara Shaw Cotswold SheepFrom a distance the artwork looks painterly but close up all the texture of the threads can be seen.

Field of Sheep Barbara Shaw

Barbara’s art is regularly exhibited in galleries and museums and she has been Artist-in-Residence at two National Trust properties; Chastleton House (Oxfordshire) and Claydon House (Buckinghamshire).

Barbara Shaw Wensleydale Sheep A piece of Barbara’s 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. Last year she was selected to be filmed for a children’s TV programme ‘Junk Rescue’ and the episode was aired on CBeebies in June 2019.

Barbara shaw Cotswold SheepBarbara is a Licentiate Member of the Society of Designer Craftsmen and a Member of Oxfordshire Craft Guild. We are delighted to be showcasing some of her gorgeous, tactile sheep framed pictures as part of our current textile exhibition FIBRE. This runs until 18th August so pop in to see us soon. You can follow Barbara on Instagram.