Barbara ShapiroInvolved in textiles from an early age, Barbara Shapiro began weaving in 1975 in New York City. Barbara combines her rich knowledge of historical and ethnic textiles with wide technical experience in weaving and surface design. Her weaving reflects her travels and studies as well as her work in theater costume design.

After being involved in the San Francisco Art to Wear movement in the 1970s and 1980s, Barbara shifted her focus to non-functional textile art.  Barbara’s wall pieces speak of historic textiles of many cultures, burnished with the patina of time and imbued with a very personal sense of beauty.

Barbara shares her knowledge as an educator and writer. She also serves on the boards of the Textile Society of America and Textile Arts Council of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and was a docent at the Museum of Craft and Folk Art.

Visit Barbara Shapiro’s current calendar for exhibitions and classes in your area and check out her lecture and workshop offerings for your group.

Education

  • University of California, Berkeley, B.A.
  • University of Lausanne, Switzerland, M.A.
  • University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, M.A.
  • Ecole Migro, Lausanne, Switzerland, Couture Sewing
  • University of California, Berkeley Extension, Interior Design, CCIDC
  • California State University, San Francisco, Post Masters Studies in Textiles

Selected Exhibitions

Barbara Shapiro’s work has been exhibited in galleries and museums across the United States and around the world—from San Francisco to New York, from England and France to Israel, Hong Kong, Korea and Japan.

See Barbara Shapiro’s Exhibitions

 

  • Teacher’s exhibit, CNCH 2014
  • Bay Area Basket Makers, Alameda Art Gallery, Alameda, CA, 2013
  • FiberWorks 2013, Tulsa OK, July – August, 2013
  • Four Weavers, Petaluma Art Center, Petaluma CA 2013
  • Bojagi and Beyond, Seoul, Korea, August 2012
  • Mending=Art, Borowsky Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, 2012
  • Energy Nexus: Interpretations in Fiber, Hong Kong Visual Arts Center, 2011
  • Winter Solstice, Fibreart Design Gallery, Palo Alto, CA, 2011
  • Bojagi and Beyond, Museum of Craft and Folk Art, San Francisco, 2011
  • To Dye For: A World of Saturated Color, De Young Museum, San Francisco, 2010-2011
  • Carved Board Clamp Resist Dyeing, UNO Weber Gallery, Omaha, NE 2010
  • Textiles, Glass, Clay, Wood, Metal: The Interface. HotShops Art Center, OMAHA, NE, 2010
  • Web and Flow, Textile Center Joan Mondale Gallery, Minneapolis, MN, 2009
  • Adorned Cloth: Contemporary Surface Design in Fiber Art, The Mills Building, San Francisco, 2008-2009
  • Birds + Dwellings, San Francisco Museum of Craft + Design, San Francisco, 2008
  • Weaving and Resist, Ybor Art Gallery, Tampa Bay, FL, 2008
  • Beyond Basketry 2008, Dairy Barn Art Center, Athens, OH, 2008
  • Baulines Master Exhibit, ArtWorks Downtown, San Rafael, CA, 2007
  • Off the Wall,Translations Gallery, Denver, CO, 2007
  • Mood Indigo, Hilmer Art Gallery, Omaha, NE, 2007
  • By the Hand, Bedford Gallery,Walnut Creek, CA, 2006
  • Baulines Guild Master and Apprentice Exhibit, City of Oakland Craft and Arts Gallery, Oakland, CA, 2006
  • Convergence 2006: Grand Crossings, Fiber Art: Cutting Edge Grandeur, and Twist Exhibit, Grand Rapids, MI 2006
  • Woven Scrolls and Baskets, Museum of Craft and Folk Art, Contemporary Craft Gallery, 2006
  • CNCH 2006 Teacher’s Gallery, Modesto, CA, 2006
  • Inspired By Marin, Baulines Craft Guild Exhibit, Marin Community Foundation, Novato CA, 2006
  • Baulines Craft Guild Exhibit, Gualala Art Center, Gualala, CA, 2006
  • Coming Home, Claudia Chapline Gallery, Stinson Beach, CA, 2005
  • ACGA/Baulines Craft Guild 2005, 600 Townsend, San Francisco, 2005
  • Woven Treasures By Barbara Shapiro, Solo exhibit at Treasure Gallery, Los Altos, CA, 2005
  • Fiber 2004, Alameda Art Center, Alameda, CA, 2004
  • Innovations in FiberArt, Sebastopol Center for the Arts, Sebastopol, CA, 2004
  • Coordinator’s Award Meditative Visions / Contemporary Fiber, Two artists, Lakewood Cultural Center, Lakewood, CO, 2004
  • Queen of the Plains, Convergence 2004, Denver, CO, 2004
  • Mountain Majesty, Convergence 2004, Denver, CO, 2004
  • Spirit of the West, Jefferson Unitarian Church, Golden, CO, 2004
  • Craft Showcase 4, Museum of Craft and Folk Art, San Francisco, CA, 2003
  • Tea Pot Redefined, Mobilia Gallery at SOFA, Chicago, 2003
  • Braids and Beyond, The Braid Society, Knit/Stitch, London, Harrogate, UK, 2003
  • Innovations in FiberArt, Sebastopol Center for the Arts, Sebastopol, CA, 2002
  • Craft Showcase 3, Museum of Craft and Folk Art, San Francisco, 2002
  • Tactile Dimensions: New Shibori, Knit/Stitch, London, Dublin, Harrogate, UK, 2002
  • Shibori Now, Gallery Renga-kan, Yokohama, Japan, 2002
  • Departure, Three artist show, Michael Martin Gallery, San Francisco, 2002
  • Treasure Trove, An Invitational Fiber Exhibit, Convergence, Vancouver, Canada, 2002
  • Kimono Kinship, San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles, San Jose, CA, 2001
  • Remembering: Fiber Art Salutes the Past, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN, 2001
  • Fiber 2000: Indigo Bridging Cultures, Textile Arts Centre, Chicago, IL, 2000
  • Tablet Weaving:  A Renewed Tradition, French Cultural Center, Haifa, Israel, 2000
  • Jubilation, William Mallory, Sr. Gallery, Art Consortium’s African American Museum, Cincinnati, OH, 2000
  • Jubilation, Convergence 2000, Cincinnati, OH, 2000
  • Fiber Artists of CHCH 2000, Aegis Gallery, Saratoga, CA, 2000
  • Fiber Celebrated ’99, Albuquerque Museum, Albuquerque, NM, 1999
  • Fiber 98, Textile Arts Center, Chicago, IL, 1998
  • Small Expressions, HGA, Atlanta International Museum, Atlanta, GA, 1998
  • 30th Annual Textile Exhibit, Olive Hyde Gallery, Fremont, CA, 1997
  • Contemporary Religious Textiles, Friends of Fiber International, SOFA 1998 New York, NY, 1998
  • 29th Annual Textile Exhibit, Olive Hyde Gallery, Fremont, CA, 1997
  • The Continuous Thread:  Three Generations, College of Marin, Marin, CA, 1997
  • Stillwell Show, Awarded Best Textile, California State University, San Francisco, 1997
  • Kimono:  A New Look at an Old Form, Cabrillo College Gallery, Soquel, CA, 1996
  • Timeless Expressions, Convergence, Portland, OR, 1996
  • The Layered Surface, Cesar Chavez Center Art Gallery, San Francisco, 1995
  • Tiny Textiles, Acme Gallery, San Francisco, 1995
  • Custom Handweaver Anniversary Celebration, Allied Arts, Menlo Park, CA, 1992
  • New thread & In the Park, Convergence, San Jose, CA, 1990
  • Textiles:  Basic Shapes, Bay View Bank, San Francisco, 1985
  • Annual Juried Shows, Conference of Northern California Handweavers, 1981-2004

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Publications

In addition to creating art, Barbara Shapiro enjoys writing about textiles.  Her articles have appeared in numerous magazines and journals.

See Barbara Shapiro’s Publications

  • “Indigo: the Color that Changed the World by Catherine Legrand” review, SS and D, Winter 2013
  • “Finding an Audience for Your Art,” TextileArtist.org, 2013
  • “Creating with Reverence: Art Diversity, Culture and Soul by Claire Campbell Park” review, FiberArts Now, Summer 2013
  • “Hanji Unfurled: One Journey into Korean Papermaking by Aimee Lee,” review, Textile Society of America Newsletter, Vol 25 #3, Fall 2013
  • “Sources of Inspiration for Textile Artists,” by Barbara Shapiro, TextileArtist.org, 2013
  • “From the Exotic to the Mystical: Textile Treasures form the Permanent Collection at the De Young Museum,” exhibit review in Selvedge Magazine, July/August, 2013
  • “Beyond Function: Fiber, Fabric, and Finery: De Saisset Museum,” Exhibit review in Surface Design Journal, Spring 2013
  • “Natural Dye Workshops I and II with Michel Garcia,” DVD reviews in Surface Design Journal, Spring 2012
  • “Fiber Futures: Japan’s Textile Pioneers,” exhibit review in Textiles Asia Journal, January 2013
  • Five Questions,” Blog interview for The American Craft Council, 2013
  • “Outfitters: The Contemporary Art of Clothing,” exhibit review in Surface Design Journal, Fall 2012
  • Investigating Indigo in the Art of the Anatolian Kilim,” De Young Museum Blog interview, February 2012
  • “Fabric: Metallic Textile Design of Kinor Jiang,” book review in Textiles Asia Journal, January 2012
  • “Fabric: Metallic Textile Design of Kinor Jiang,” book review in TSA Newsletter, Winter 2011
  • “A Greener Indigo,” by Barbara Shapiro, Fiberarts, Summer 2011
  • “Olga de Amaral: Between pueblos in Paris,” exhibit review in Fiberarts, Spring 2011
  • “Maguey Journey by Kathryn Rousso,” book review for Mendocino Arts Journal and TSA Newsletter, 2010
  • Le Tissage aux Cartons dans L’Egypte ancienne, 1916, (Cardweaving in Ancient Egypt) Translation by Barbara Shaprio,
  •  2010
  • “Creating with Reverence: Claire Parks,” book review in TSA Newsletter, Fall 2010
  • “A Greener Indigo for Some Lovely Printed Table Linens” Barbara Shaprio, CNCHnet, Fall 2010
  • “Something Light and Colorful for Summer,” by Barbara Shapiro, CNCHnet, Summer 2010
  • “Creating Buddhas,” DVD reviewed by Barbara Shapiro, Fiberarts, Jan/Feb 2010
  • “Changing Landscapes,” Exhibit review for Fiberarts, 2009
  • “One Needle, One Thread: Miao (Hmong) Embroidery and Fabric Piecework from Guizhou, China,” by Tomoko Torimaru, reviewed by Barbara Shapiro, TSA Newsletter, Winter 2009
  • “Transparencies,” Braunstein Quay Gallery, reviewed by Barbara Shapiro, TSA Newsletter, Winter 2009
  • “Changing Landscapes in San Jose,” review by Barbara Shapiro, Fiberarts, Summer 2009
  • “Vive le Shibori!” written by Barbara Shapiro, Fiberarts, April/May 2009
  • “Berkeley Art Tour,” written by Barbara Shapiro, Fiberarts, Jan/Feb 2009
  • “Transparencies Curated by Myra Block Kaiser, Braunstein Quay Gallery 2008″ and “TSA Symposium,” reviewed by Barbara Shapiro, Baulines Studio News, Fall 2008
  • “New DVD Clarifies Shibori Techniques,” written by Barbara Shapiro, Fiberarts, Summer 2008, p.14
  • “Japan Study Tour Report,” written by Barbara Shapiro, TSA Newsletter, Winter 2007
  • “Glorious Baskets,” written by Barbara Shapiro, Studio News, Baulines Craft Guild Publications, Spring 2007, p. 44
  • “Cardweaving at the Vitlycke Museum at Tanum, Sweden,” written by Barbara Shapiro, Twist, Fall 2005, Volume XII Issue 3
  • “Le Tissage aux Cartons dans l’Egypte Ancienne,” translation serialized in Twist, 2001-2002
  • Juror’s statement, Clay and Fiber 2000, Santa Cruz Arts League, 2000

Published Illustrations

Barbara Shapiro’s work has been featured in numerous books, magazines, and journals.

See Barbara Shapiro’s Published Illustrations

  • “4 Weavers: Contemporary Expressions of an Ancient Craft” reviewed by Jo Ann Stabb, Surface Design Journal, Summer 2013
  • Several Illustrations in Textiles: The Art of Mankind by Mary Schoeser, 2013
  • “Wrapping Memory Installation” NBO, National Basketry Organization Quarterly Review, Summer 2011
  • “Wrapping Memory Installation” Textile Society of America Newsletter, Spring 2011
  • “Wrapping Memory Illustration” Shuttle Spindle & Dyepot, Summer 2011
  • “Wrapping Memory Installation” and indigo workshop, Fiberarts, Summer 2011
  • Wrapping Traditions: Korean Textiles Now, Shuttle, Spindle & Dyepot, Summer 2011
  • “To Dye For: Barbara Shaprio,” by Claudia Cocco, CNCHnet, Winter 2010
  • Report from Convergence, Lynn Pollard reviews “Flotsam” and “Illusive” in Surface Design Newsletter Vol 21, No 4, Fall 2008
  • “Madrone Burl Bottom-Mended Bowl,” collaborative work with Chuck Quibell from
  • “Mended Turnings” series illustrated in Woodworker West, September-October 2008
  • “Tajine II,” pictured in Beyond Basketry, Ohio University Press, 2008
  • “Not for all the Tea in China II,” illustrated in Shuttle Spindle& Dyepot, Spring 2007, p. 56
  • “Barbara Shapiro: Power Garments and Healer’s Cloths,” written by Melissa Leventon, Fiberarts, April/May 2007
  • Several of my works are illustrated in The Surface Designer’s Handbook by Holly Brackmann, 2006
  • “Not for all the Tea in China,” illustrated in 500 Baskets, Lark Books, 2006
  • “Shawl We Dance” and “Copines” in Twist, Spring 2006, Volume XIII, Issue 1
  • “Above All II” illustrated in Woven Shibori by Catherine Ellis, Interweave Press, 2005
  • “Composure,” illustrated in Shuttle Spindle & Dyepot, Spring 2005, p. 32
  • “Fusion,” illustrated in Shuttle Spindle & Dyepot, Winter 2004/2005, p. 48
  • “Above All,” in Fiberarts Book Seven, Fiberarts publications and Essence of Fiber, Exhibit Catalog, Lakewood Cultural Center, 2004
  • “Healing Cloth” Indigo Bridging Cultures catalogue, Textile Arts Center and Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art, 2000
  • “Celebration Band,” Twist, Fall 2000, Volume VII Issue 3, color insert, 2000
  • “Memory Dance,” Fiber Celebrated ’99, IWC and Albuquerque Museum, 1999
  • “Fragments II,” illustrated in Surface Design, Vol. 23 No. 2, Winter 1999, p. 40
  • “Shawl We Dance,” Small Expressions 1998, Postcard Catalogue, HGA, 1998
  • “African Ikat Strip Weaving,” illustrated in Ikat II, Lydia Van Gelder, 1996

Media

  • “4 Weavers: Contemporary Expressions of an Ancient Craft” reviewed by Jo Ann Stabb, Surface Design Journal, Summer 2013
  • Get Your Warp On” blog interview and video review of Barbara Shapiro’s work in Four Weavers exhibit, February 16, 2013
  • “Barbara Shapiro” reviewed by Jill Stanton in CNCHnet.org, Summer 2013
  • “Wrapping Memory Installation” reviewed by Susan Taber Avila in “Wrapping Traditions: Korean Textiles Now,” Surface Design Journal, Spring 2012
  • Television interview of Barbara on Korean Journal, KTSF, September 17, 2011
  • Wrapping Traditions: Korean Textiles Now, Shuttle, Spindle & Dyepot, Summer 2011
  • “To Dye For: Barbara Shapiro,” by Claudia Cocco, CNCHnet, Winter 2010
  • Report from Convergence, Lynn Pollard reviews “Flotsam” and “Illusive” in Surface Design Newsletter Vol 21, No 4, Fall 2008
  • “Off the Wall: SDA SW Region,” reviewed in Surface Design, Summer 2008
  • “Barbara Shapiro: Power Garments and Healer’s Cloths,” written by Melissa Leventon, Fiberarts, April/May 2007

Teaching Experience

  • CNCH 2014, Oakland, CA. Indigo, 2014
  • FiberWorks 2013, Tulsa, OK Sources of Inspiration and Basketry workshop
  • Petaluma Center for the Arts, A Greener Indigo Workshops, 2013
  • Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at College of Creative Arts, San Fransisco State University, Instructor, 2011 to present
  • Maiwa Textiles Symposium, workshops and lectures, Vancouver, Canada, 2012
  • Convergence 2012, workshops and lectures, Longbeach, CA, 2012
  • “A Greener Indigo” three day workshop at Mendocino Art Center, Summer 2010
  • Instructor, San Francisco State University, Explorations in Textiles, Summer 2007
  • CNCH 2000, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2010, 2011
  • Three indigo dyeing workshops for Baulines Craft Guild and College of Marin, 2006
  • Lectures for the Ethnic Textiles Study Group on Indigo and on Ainu Textiles, 2005 and 2006
  • Panel speaker on Sculptural Textile Art, Alameda Art Center: Art Matters, 2004
  • Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Textile Arts Council lecture series, 2003
  • San Francisco State University, Art Department, Textile Classes, Teaching Assistant and Guest Artist, 1997-2010
  • Convergence 2002, 2012
  • Numerous California Guilds
  • Docent, Museum of Craft and Folk Art, San Francisco, 2001-present
  • Docent lectures for Shibori: Tradition and Innovation, Museum of Craft and Folk Art San Francisco, 2001
  • Docent lectures for The Fabric of Life, 150 Years of Northern California Fiber Art, 1997

Juror Experience

  • Wichita Center for the Arts National Fiber Directions, 2015
  • Fiberworks 2013, Juror, Fiber Artists of Oklahoma, 2013
  • The Barbara Shapiro New Beat Student Award, ISS Hong Kong, 2011-2012
  • CNCH 2010 Juror and HGA Award Juror, Santa Clara, 2010
  • Clay/Fiber 2000, Juror, Santa Cruz Art League, 2000
  • Chair’s Award for Excellence, juror, CNCH 2000, Santa Clara, CA, 2000
  • Textile Art 2000, Juror, CNCH 2000, Santa Clara, CA, 2000

Affiliations

 

Visit Barbara Shapiro’s current calendar for exhibitions and classes in your area and check out her lecture and workshop offerings for your group.