World Shibori Network

Celebrating the visual languages of PEOPLE, COMMUNITY, CULTURE, and ENVIRONMENT through the global practice of resist-dye traditions and innovations, keeping in mind authenticity, reciprocity, and networking.

Barbara Schey

Normanhurst, NSW AUSTRALIA


Barbara, a native of Australia, was the recipient of the country’s first ever grant for a 2-year apprenticeship with a Craftsmen in the Community – Master Weaver Erika Semler. In addition, she has attended many residential courses with leading artists from all over the world, including: Clothilde Barrett; Peter Collingwood; Ann Sutton; Sylvia & Harold Tacker; Erika Semler; Lily Krams; Roderrick Owen; Madge Milston; Bertha Bochman; Hiroyuki Shindo; Yoshiko I Wada; Ana Lisa Hedstrom; Jim Liles; Darcie Decerberie; Shigeki Fukomoto; and the list goes on. Barbara has attended the ISS events in Chile, UK, Melbourne, Australia, Japan and France.  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.”


EXHIBITIONS (selective)

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

AWARDS (selective)

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