Barbara Shaw

I create art in textiles, using fabric like paint to construct collage pictures. By hand-stitching or bonding many small pieces of fabric together in layers, I create the effect I want. Patterned and tactile materials in vibrant or subtle colours are useful as well as chiffon ribbons for shading, sparkly fabric for light, lace for intricate detail and tweed for texture all help to bring my artwork alive. I am constantly experimenting to stretch the range of subjects which I tackle and hope to engage the viewer in looking afresh at familiar images.

I am a Licentiate Member of the Society of Designer Craftsmen and also a member of Oxfordshire Craft Guild. In 2017 a piece of work was exhibited in Corinium Museum, Cirencester and I was a finalist in an international competition ‘A Stitch in Time’ organised by Art Scene Today. In 2016 a  piece of work was in an exhibition in Parliament, a picture was displayed at the London Coffee Festival and I also had work in ‘An Arctic Artweeks’ at the Oxford Museum of Natural History.  In 2014 I was Artist in Residence at Chastleton House, a 17th Century National Trust property in the Cotswolds and in 2015 Artist in Residence at Claydon House an 18thC National Trust property in Buckinghamshire. I have  been awarded the Fletcher Prize for Excellence in Craft in Oxfordshire and as a result of this award my picture of a chair at Chastleton House has been acquired for Oxfordshire County Museum collections.

As well as originals, my work is for sale as limited edition prints and cards.  I am happy to discuss commissions – please contact me for details.

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I bought the snowdrop picture this morning, now on the wall, I also collected the picture, Red Sky, which I bought last Saturday. Delighted with all my pictures. Thank you for doing the snowdrops, the background material is fab as is the rest of it. Nearly every room will have one of your creations!
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We have just purchased your Island, displayed at the Chipping Norton Town Hall. Absolutely love it!
Hello Barbara, Saw your work, fantastic really. Vibrant colours, sense of composition, very good work.


Just to let you know how much we like the picture and think it is a perfect choice.
Today we visited The Clare Foundation. I am writing to say how much we enjoyed looking at your display. Thank you.