World Shibori Network

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Barbara Rogers

Paddington, AUSTRALIA


Barbara Rogers is a Sydney-based textile designer with over 20 years experience in textile design and fashion. She works on fabrics and leathers using unique contemporary methods she developed from Japanese techniques. She also incorporates various printmaking methods such as linocuts, wood blocks and photography into her work as well as utilising sewing and stitching. Her work draws much of its inspiration from twentieth and twenty-first century western textiles as well as design from historical and contemporary African textiles.

Barbara was the inaugural winner of the Dame Mary Durack Contemporary Award in Leather and her work is represented in Yoshiko Wada’s Memory on cloth – shibori now (2002), the definitive publication on contemporary international work in shibori, as well as FibreArts Design Book 7 (2004) and Artwear-Fashion and Anti-fashion (2005). In 2004, Barbara initiated an exhibition, “Marks and Memory: Contemporary Artists Respond to the Traditions of Japanese Shibori Textiles,” at Fairfield City Museum and Gallery, Sydney. The exhibition involved four textile artists, each working in a different medium, and four other artists who work with metals, clay, paper, inks and light-sensitive solutions. Each artist was asked to consider the potential offered by shibori within his or her chosen materials and field of expertise.



Transformation: Material . Magic . Memory.” The Fashion Gallery, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong  Kong   2010

“A Conversation with Rain,” Fairfield City Museum &Gallery, Sydney, NSW  2009

“Black and White,” Art to Wear, Craft & Quilt Fair, Darling Harbour, Sydney, NSW  2009

“Australia Naturally,” Strathnairn Homestead Gallery, ACT; Barometer Gallery, Sydney; Gallery 159, Brisbane  2009

“Linen Hangings,” Barometer Gallery, Paddington, Sydney, NSW  2009

“No Limits,” Artefact Gallery, Lyon, France  2008

“Australia Naturally,” 7th ISS 08, Paris American Academy, France  2008

“Sculpted Packages,” L’Eclaireur Cabinet  de Curiosite, Paris  2008

Fashion Parade, Musee du Quai Branly, Paris  2008

“Intertwining 2007,” Balmain Watch House, Sydney, NSW  2007

Social Riches The Society of Arts & Crafts of N.S.W. 1906-2006,” Manly Art Gallery and Museum, Manly, N.S.W  2006

“ARTWEAR Fashion and Anti-fashion,” Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, USA  2005

“Fusion: Shibori Wearable Art,” 6th ISS 2005, Gallery Concept 21, Tokyo, Japan  2005

“Taking Flight: SDA Fashion Performance,” Surface Design Association National Conference, Kansas City, USA  2005



“Barbara Rogers” designer label  1980-2010

7th International Shibori Symposium, France  2008

6th International Shibori Symposium, Tokyo, Japan. Shibori workshop, Kaei Hayakawa  2005

Surface Design Association National Conference, Kansas City, Missouri,US. Masterclass, Boutrup/Wada  2005