WORKSHOP Sources of Inspiration

by - Monday, April 23, 2012

Sources of Inspiration
Barbara Shapiro

$150 (includes $30 lab fee) class limit 14
October 16 (Tue) 10am–4pm
Maiwa Loft, Granville Island, Vancouver, Canada

“Do you want to understand the creative process better or learn to see your work in a new way? Through a slide lecture of my own creative process and development, three creative hands-on projects, and class discussions, we will explore what moves us, what we are attracted to, and how that influences the work we do. Our aim is greater and more personal artistic creativity. Each of us works intuitively in a different way, and when we learn to better know our likes and strengths, our artwork blossoms. Inspiration can come from materials, techniques, or concepts. We will explore each of these in turn and share what we learn about the artist within us. The class will include one exercise in plaiting, but no previous experience is necessary.”


Barbara Shapiro has been creating textile art for decades. She combines a rich knowledge of historical and ethnic textiles with broad technical experience in weaving, dyeing, and basketry. After being involved in the San Francisco Art to Wear movement in the ’70s and ’80s, Barbara shifted her focus to textile art. She teaches frequent workshops and classes at San Francisco State University. A board member of the Textile Society of America, she also serves on the Textile Arts Council of the Fine Arts Museums of San Franscisco and is a docent at the Museum of Craft and Folk Art. For many years she has specialized in indigo dyeing and has taught many students the “Greener Indigo” formula that is safer and more ecological than common chemical formulas. She is a frequent contributor to textile publications, and her wall pieces and baskets have been widely exhibited throughout the USA and in Canada, France, England, Ireland, Japan, and Israel.

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