Variations in Fibre


Her Work
Barbara's studio and home is in Tottenham, Ontario, just north of Toronto. She completed her arts education at the Ontario College of Art majoring in Textile Design. After graduating in 1986, she continued her studies in Textile Sciences at the University of Guelph.

While at O.C.A., Barbara was introduced to hand painted silk. Under the company name of Angles, she designed and produced silk scarves for the Canadian and U.S. retail and wholesale market. Barbara also developed scarf designs for corporate events. She won several awards for her work.

After many years of developing the surface of cloth with colour and pattern, she has been further altering the cloth's surface through stitch. She has been investigating a floral smocking stitch, altering the grid formation and developing illusions of depth, with colour and stitch. Barbara presents her work in a variety of shows and galleries in Ontario. Currently she is developing a body of work for a solo exhibition.

Her Teaching
She incorporates fun, play, (exploration) and learning in her classes. Her specialities are: historical and traditional textile techniques, and surface design. She welcomes the opportunity to develop programs for art curriculum requirements.

Her Philosophy
Barbara believes, that as an artist, it is important to share your knowledge and experience; to encourage other artists in their endeavors and to challenge the public in a higher understanding of craft.

P.O. Box 1103 Tottenham, ON, L0G 1W0


  • University of Guelph, Textile Sciences, 1991-1994
  • Ontario College of Art, OCAD, Textile Design, 1983-86
  • Hong Kong School of Technology, History of Chinese Costume, 1983
  • Sheridan School of Design, 1972-74


  • 10th Anniversary Award of Excellence, Headwaters Arts Festival Show and Sale, SGI Centre, Alton, ON; 2012
  • Niche Award Finalist, Buyers Market of American Craft, Philadelphia, PA; 2012
  • Designer Crafts 1998 Awards, Honorable Mention; 1998,
  • Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Lucio Munar, Captain Veterans Memorial Award from the USS Wheeling Ship 2000; 1995


  • Artists in Education grant, Ontario Arts Council, 2015

Selected Exhibitions:

  • Williams Mill Visual Art Centre, Georgetown, ON; 2016
  • Imagemaker, Port Credit, ON; December 2015,
  • 10/10 Annual Juried Exhibition: Quest Art, Midland Cultural Centre, Midland, ON 2014
  • Carnegie Craft 2013: The Carnegie Gallery, Dundas, ON; November 2013
  • Headwaters Arts Festival Exhibit: Alton, ON; 2016, 2013, 2012, 2011
  • High Fibre: Quest Art, Midland Cultural Centre, Midland, ON; February, 2013
  • Common Thread Exhibition: Town Square Gallery, World of Threads Festival, Oakville; September 2009
  • 'Journeys', The Carnegie Gallery, Dundas, June; John B. Aird Gallery, Toronto, July; 2002

Selected Shows:

  • Arts on the Credit: Port Credit, ON; 2017, 2015
  • Cabbagetown Arts and Crafts Show, Toronto, ON; 2015 - 2013
  • The New Art Festival, Ottawa, ON; 2012
  • Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Toronto, ON; 2016, 2015, 2011, 2010, 2001, 1999, 1997, 1995, 1993, 1992
  • One of a Kind, Toronto, ON; 2005-2000
  • Keeneland Art Centre, Lockport, NY; 2002, 2001
  • Allentown Art Festival, Buffalo, NY; 2001, 2000
  • Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit, New York, NYC; 1995, 1994


Published Writings:

  • A Needle Pulling Thread, Artist Profile, Summer 2014
  • Craft News, 1993


  • East Toronto Quilters's Guild, Toronto; 2015
  • Mississauga Handweavers and Spinners Guild, Mississauga; 2016

Professional Positions:

  • Juror, 'Fabrications', Quest Art, Midland Cultural Centre, Midland, ON 2015
  • Set-up the Equiart Exhibit for the Dufferin Arts Council, for the Pan Am Games Palgrave On. 2015
  • Grant Writer for the Gibson Centre Gallery, contract position, March 2009 – September 2009
  • Part-time curator, The Gibson Centre Gallery, June 2010 – October 2011


  • Quest Art School and Gallery, Midland Community Arts Centre, Midland, ON; April 2015
  • Toronto District School Board, surface design, silk painting, basic colour theory, Central Tech, Toronto, ON; 2004-2014
  • High Park Alternative Public School, Toronto, ON; March 2015,
  • Artists in the Schools, Dufferin Arts Council, Shelburne, ON, 2015, 2014.
  • Nottawasaga Spinners and Weavers, tapestry finishing techniques. Gibson Centre, Alliston, ON; Summer 2013
  • South Simcoe Arts Council, summer children's art camps, fabric dyeing, Town of New Tecumseth, ON; 2012
  • Georgian College, adult fabric arts workshop, Barrie, ON; 2012

Professional Associations:

  • Dufferin Arts Council
  • Surface Design Association

Volunteer Activities:

  • Nottawasaga Spinners and Weavers, advisor for jury committee for the Ontario Hand Spinners Research Grant.
  • Organizing committee, Stitches across Time, Dufferin County Museum and Archives, Shelburne, ON; 2014, 2011
  • Headwaters Arts Festival Exhibit, Alton, ON; 2013
  • Volunteer curator/administrator, The Gibson Centre Gallery, Sept. 2009 – June 2010
  • Independent Curated exhibit 'The Evolution of Fibre', The Gibson Centre, Alliston, ON; 2010.

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