Barbara Schey

Textiles are a very tactile experience for Barbara Schey, consequently the many ways one can manipulate the cloth in shibori techniques to achieve new and exciting outcomes are sheer joy.  She has studied the “high tech” methods learned during her extensive overseas travel and adapted them for her home studio.  Her jackets are of simple construction to focus on dyeing and manipulation of the fabric.  Her favourite shibori techniques are Arashi and Miura (which she ties whilst traveling). Examples of Barbara’s work are shown on member’s profile.  Barbara is also very interested in thread buttons and has given many workshops in this discipline and presented a paper on the history of the buttons at the recent 9thInternational Shibori Symposium in Hanzhou, China.

For 16 years, Barbara led fellow artists on countless international textile tours to visit weavers and dyers across the globe.

“Textiles are a very tactile experience for me, consequently the many ways one can manipulate the cloth in shibori techniqes to achieve new and exciting outcomes are sheer joy.  Dorset Buttons are another of my passions.”

“The last two images above are the last work I did before attending WSN ISS09 in China. The theme of the exhibition was “Fragment” and I used two 3m lengths of brush dyed habutai and organza which had been overdyed using itajime and soda ash to melt off the sericin. I had accidentally “destroyed” this fabric using soda ash but stitched the two layers together to create the kimono as illustrated in the attached images.

 I have been invited to create and exhibit 2 large pieces with a group named “Untethered”in November 2014 with the theme of “Out of Hand”. We had our first meeting today where artists were invited to submit ”Mood Boards”. Somewhat overcome at the moment with the detail some people have gone into. I like strong simple images, I must not be influenced by others but will do my own thing – will send more information as it develops.”

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Barbara Schey

A member of the NSCG since 1988, Barbara is very experienced in a range of textile techniques. She has attended numerous classes, both residential and non-residential with top spinners, weavers, dyers and designers from all over the world.

Barbara has been the recipient of several grants from the Craft Board of the Australia Council, which have enabled her to research differing methods of textile dyeing and construction, and she is continuously expanding her knowledge with research and overseas travel.

Barbara taught in the TAFE system for many years, and has given numerous residential and weekend workshops all over Australia.

She has exhibited in several group and solo exhibitions and has won numerous prizes and awards.

Some of my highlights

Headmasters Gallery, St Ives, Sydney
Narrabri Craft Gallery, NSW
Itami Craft Exhibition, Japan
Lace for Fashion Award – Powerhouse Museum, Sydney
Textilla Australis, Craft Council of NSW, The Rocks
Nomination, BHP Award of Excellence
Madge Witts Memorial Award, Pacific Festival Townsville
First Prize Textiles, Innisfail Art Show
First Prize Textiles, Mareeba Art Show
Highly Commended, Coffs Harbour Art Show
First prize garment, Australian Craft Show
President, Tamworth Handweavers and Spinners
Chairman, Craftsman in Community Project, Tamworth
Chairman, Fibre Forum Conference 1986, Tamworth
President, North Shore Craft Group
Australia representative, WSN
Textile magazine, Australia
Fibreline, ATASDA
Australian Handweaver & Spinner
Inspiration, USA

Meet with Barbara Schey at the NEXT EXHIBITION & ART TRAIL: 11 - 12 NOV 2017

A unique exhibition... Eight working studios... More than fifty Artists & Artisans... All on a meandering country drive...