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Barbara Shaw

I create art in textiles, ‘painting’ images by hand-stitching small pieces of fabric together in layers to produce unique collage pictures.  My work includes elements of both art and craft which reflects my interest in Impressionist paintings and the process of handcrafting.

I was initially inspired to start making pictures by using the scraps left over from assembling patchwork quilts. From very simple beginnings I have developed a more sophisticated use of materials and construction. I use a variety of textiles such as chiffon, silk, lace and beaded pieces as well as tweed and cotton, which all add depth and interest to the art. The inherent pattern and tactile quality of the fabric dictates the outcome of the final image.

I am inspired by natural forms as well as my surroundings. My subjects are varied and include buildings, animals, plants, landscapes and still life. The sheep I have hand-stitched have been particularly popular. I hope to engage the viewer in looking afresh at familiar images.

For the past two years I have been Artist-in-Residence at National Trust properties, Chastleton House in the Cotswolds and Claydon House, Buckinghamshire. This experience has stretched my ability to interpret historical scenes and artefacts.

My work is available as originals, limited edition prints and cards. I am very happy to discuss commissions.

For further information about me and to get in touch or to commission artwork please visit my website or you can find me on or

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