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.

Margaret Barnett

Shibori in the Scrub
Wamuran, Queensland. AUSTRALIA


Margaret has been working with Shibori since the mid 1980’s. She began by following the traditional but found her forte was with the innovative 3D and translating landscapes onto fabric with shibori. She has assisted International Tutors for The Australian Forum for Textile Arts and taught for TAFTA herself. She attended the first International Shibori Symposium then India, Chile, UK Australia and Japan. She still teaches, is active in exhibiting and experimenting with dyes, but is enjoying travelling Australia and living a rural life style amongst the wild life.

EXHIBITIONS (selective)

“Transformation,” Fairfield Museum and Gallery, Sydney. 2011
Convergence Conference, Albuquerque, USA. Fashion Parade: Honourable Mention. Collaboration with Helen Barnard. 2010
“Shibori Unbound,” Regional Galleries: Orange, Gympie Pine Rivers, Winton Outback Gallery, 2008. Atherton, 2011. Ingham, 2012
“Shibori – Fabric Transformed,” Norway. 2003
“Sculpted Packages: AUstralia Naturally,” 7th International Shibori Symposium, Paris, France. 2008
International Shibori Symposium, Santiago, Chile. 1999
Curator, “Fibre Imprints” Works from students of Hiroyuki Shindo, travelled Eastern states, Australia. 1997


Fibre Imprints exhibition catalogue, Orange Regional Gallery, April 1997
TEXTILE FIBRE FORUM, vol. 12, issue 2, no. 37
TEXTILE FIBRE FORUM, vol. 19, issue 2, no. 58
TEXTILE FIBRE FORUM, vol.23, issue 4

TEACHING (selective)

All Saints Boarding School, Bathurst NSW  1993, 95, 96
TAFTA Workshops Mittagong NSW  1998, 99
Euroa, Victoria  2003
Tamworth Weekend Workshop  2004
Grafton Artfest  2005

Director, The Australian Forum for Textile Arts  2000-04