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Barbara Rogers

Barbara Rogers
Artist's statement

Barbara Rogers is a textile designer, based in Sydney, with over 20 years experience in textile design and fashion. She has developed unique contemporary methods from Japanese techniques for dyeing and surface design; In particular shibori techniques using a range of dyes produce unique visual effects on fabrics and leathers. She has also incorporated 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 Japanese shibori techniques; twentieth and twenty first century western textiles as well as design from historical and contemporary African textiles.

Rogers has exhibited nationally and internationally. In 2005 Rogers was invited to exhibit in ARTWEAR Fashion and Anti-fashion at the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, accompanied by a full colour catalogue. She 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 the recently published Fibrearts Design Book 7.

In 2004, Barbara Rogers 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.

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Recent work
  • Diagonal, 2015
  • Linen, mokume shibori, de-coloured, azoic dyes
  • Dimensions: 193 x 65cm
  • Photo: Courtesy of the Artist
  • Resist, 2014
  • Silk, shibori, de-coloured, azoic dyes.
  • Dimensions: 360 x 700cm
  • Photo: Barbara Rogers
  • Parallels, 2012
  • Silk satin, silk organza, de-coloured, azoic dyes.
  • Dimensions: 285 x 95cm
  • Photo: Creative Image Photography
Animal Fibers
  • Animal Fibers, 2010
  • Kangaroo leather, de-coloured
  • Dimensions: 30 x 30cm
  • Photo: Barbara Rogers

  • Zone, 2004
  • Silk organza, shibori, de-coloured, azoic dyes
  • Photo: Nick Bowers
Healing Waters
  • Healing Waters, 1999
  • Silk organza, shibori, de-coloured, azoic dye
  • Photo: Catherine Rogers

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Barbara Rogers trained as a dress designer at the National Art School in Sydney and has worked in the fashion and clothing industry, gaining experience with natural and synthetic fabrics while also designing and producing ranges of clothing. Rogers was introduced to shibori almost 20 years ago by Inga Hunter at a Textile Forum workshop and this has had a profound influence on her work. She has broadened her knowledge of shibori with research in Japan and the United States of America, attending many workshops with tutors such as Yoshiko Wada and Ana Lisa Hedstrom, both well known authorities in the field of shibori.

Her textiles and clothing are individually made, designed and patterned with shibori using leather and fabrics such as silks and linens. She has a particular interest in selective bleaching and dyeing, in building up layers of both colour and design to create unique effects on a single fabric, as well as layering lengths of sheer patterned fabric.

Selected exhibitions
2015:   Wangaratta Contemporary Textile Award, Wangaratta Art Gallery - Wangaratta, Victoria
2014:   Synergy Shibori Down Under, Belconnen Arts Centre - Belconnen, ACT
2014:   Resist Dye on the Silk Road: Contemporary Art 2014, China National Silk Museum - Hangzhou,
2013:   Parallels (solo), Sturt Gallery - Mittagong, NSW
2013:   Wangaratta Contemporary Textile Award, Wangaratta Art Gallery - Wangaratta, Victoria
2013:   Home, Scarf Festival , National Wool Museum - Geelong, Victoria
2012:   Signature, Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre - Canberra
2012:   Parallels (solo), Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre - Canberra
2011:   Wangaratta Contemporary Textile Award, Wangaratta Art Gallery - Wangaratta, NSW
2011:   Animal Fibers, Wearables : 8th ISS 2011, Hong Kong Polytechnic University - Hong Kong,
2011:   Elements: fibre, Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre - Canberra
2010:   Transformation: Material . Magic . Memory, The Fashion Gallery, The Hong Kong Polytechnic - Kowloon, Hong Kong
2010:   Carved Board Clamp Resist Dyeing: Historical Perspective and Contemporary Application, UNO Art Gallery - Omaha, Nebraska
2009:   A Conversation with Rain, Fairfield City Museum and Gallery - Sydney
2008:   International Shibori Symposium 2008, Artifact Gallery - Lyon, France
2008:   Australia Naturally, Paris American Academy - Paris, France
2008:   Sculpted Packages, L'Eclaireur, Cabinet de Curiosite - Paris, France
2008:   Fashion Parade, Musee du Quai Branly - Paris, France
2005:   ARTWEAR Fashion and Anti-fashion, Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco,
2004:   City of Hobart Art Prize 2004 - Textiles, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery - Hobart
Selected commissions/awards/grants
2011:   Scarf Festival 2011, Best Use of Different Techniques in a scarf Award; Scarf of the Year Award. National Wool Museum, Geelong, Victoria
1994:   Dimensions in Leather '94 Award, Brisbane, Queensland
1993:   Award for Excellence in Leather, Australian Craft Show (Sydney)
1993:   Award for Excellence in Craftsmanship, Australian Craft Show (Sydney)
1990:   Dame Mary Durack Contemporary Award in Leather, winner inaugural award, Stockman's Hall of Fame, Longreach, Queensland.
Selected publications
2014:   Textile Fibre Forum, #116. p17
2014:   Feng, Z; Wada, Y. I; Cheung, E., Resist Dye on the Silk Road, SHIBORI, CLAMP RESIST AND IKAT 9ISS Hangzhou, China 2014 Catalogue p 125
2012:   Davis, K and Martin, P, Shibori Recreated: A Place for Shibori in the 21st Century, Peach Press. pp21-24.
2012:   Ryder, J., Parallels, Textile Fibre Forum, Vol 31:1, #105, pp34-6.
2011:   J. Ryder, Elements: fibre, Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre
2005:   Melissa Leventon, ARTWEAR Fashion and Anti-fashion, Thames & Hudson. Catalogue. 121-2
2004:   Fibrearts Design Book 7, Lark Books. 165
2004:   Marks and Memory, Catalogue. Fairfield City museum and Gallery
2004:   Textile Fibre Forum, Vol 23: 4, #76, 56-59. Vol. 22: 1, #69, 56-59; 2000, Vol. 19: 2, # 58, 14 & 18
2002:   Yoshiko Iwamoto Wada, Memory on cloth - shibori now, Tokyo: Kodansha International Limited, 108-110
2000:   D. Forest & J. Nedela (Eds), Kimono as canvas, Catalogue - Gallery East, Fremantle, WA
1999:   Bonnie, B.I., Tokyo Vogue. Japanese/Australian Fashion, Griffith University, Queensland College of Art. p9, p53, p69, p95


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