Barbara Shapiro

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 has devoted much of her art practice to basketry for the past 15 years, working in both coiling and plaiting often with indigo dyed elements. She teaches frequent workshops and has taught at San Francisco State University and Osher Lifelong Learning through SFSU. A past Board Member of the Textile Society of America, she also serves as an Advisor on the Textile Arts Council of the Fine Arts Museums of SF and was 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 published and exhibited throughout the USA and in Canada, France, England, Ireland, Japan, Korea, and Israel. The Mendocino Art Center is one of her favorite places to teach!

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Barbara Shapiro, Coiled Sakiori<br>with Yuki Ball

Artist: Barbara Shapiro
Title: "Coiled Sakiori
with Yuki Ball"
Medium: Coiled indigo dyed cloth
Dimensions: 10" x 10" x 2"
Price: $2,400 + tax
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Barbara Shapiro, Top Knot IV

Artist: Barbara Shapiro
Title: "Top Knot IV"
Medium: Japanese Flower Knot plaited indigo dyed scraped cane
Dimensions: 7" x 7" x 4.5"
Price: $2,500 + tax
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Barbara Shapiro, Faulty Tower Day

Artist: Barbara Shapiro
Title: "Faulty Tower Day"
Medium: Plaited artist print
Dimensions: 20" x 7" x 7"
Price: $350 + tax
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Barbara Shapiro, Strength in Diversity

AArtist: Barbara Shapiro
Title: "Strength in Diversity"
Medium: Plaited Cane Handwoven Bast Fiber Bands
Dimensions: 12" x 12" x 12"
Price: NFS


Barbara Shapiro, Troubled Waters

Artist: Barbara Shapiro
Title: "Troubled Waters"
Medium: Plaited Cane, Paper, Cloth Sumi, Indigo, and Persimmon dye
Dimensions: 13" x 13" x 13"
Price: NFS


Barbara Shapiro, Tikkun Olam Repair the World

Artist: Barbara Shapiro
Title: "Tikkun Olam
Repair the World"
Medium: Plaited Cane, Teabag papers dyed in indigo and persimmon, Raw Kozo paper, 23 carat gold leaf, sumi ink.
Dimensions: 14" x 14" x 13"
Price: NFS


Recent Exhibits

  • Coiled Sakiori with Yuki Ball, Nagoya, Japan 2018 International Shibori Symposium, and the prestigious Mt. Koya Temple 2019.
  • Home- Holding on and Letting Go, 2019, Surface Design Association
  • Small Expressions 2019, Handweavers Guild of America, July 12 - September 12, 2019, Southeast Fiber Alliance, Chamblee, GA. Travels to various other venues through May 2020.
  • Basketry Now: 10th Anniversary NBO Exhibition, July 16 - December 1, 2019, WKU, Kentucky Museum, Bowling Green, KY
  • Order/Chaos, online exhibit, 2018, Surface Design Association.
  • What Knot? September 8 - November 17, 2018, Richmond Art Center, Richmond, CA
  • Shibori Mini, June 26 - July1, 2018, International Shibori Symposium, Arimatsu, Japan
  • Members in Print, National Basketry Organization Magazine, Summer 2018
  • Thread Count: New Directions in Fiber Art, June 2 - July 1, 2018, Arts Benicia, Benicia, CA
  • Great Basin Basketry exhibit, July 6 - 12, 2018, HGA Convergence, Reno NV, First Prize!
  • Steeped: The Art of Tea, April 7 - May 21, 2017, 108 Contemporary, Tulsa, OK
  • Artful Basketry: Beyond Traditions Bay Area Basket Makers, Sept 1, 2017 – September 30, 2107, San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles, San Jose, CA
  • Interwoven: Art Meets Nature, June 25, 2017 – September 6, 2017. Highfield Hall, Falmouth, MA
  • Blue, June 16, 2017 – July 23, 2017, Sebastopol Center for the Arts, Sebastopol, CA
  • Shifting Landscapes, Form and Concept Gallery sponsored by Surface design Association, February 24 to May 20, 2017
  • Indigo and Beyond, Textile Society of America Symposium, Savannah, GA, Space Gallery, October 7 to 28, 2016
  • Baskets and Mended Turnings by Barbara Shapiro, Google San Francisco, Main Lobby Gallery, August 22 to October 17, 2016
  • Beyond the Surface, No Cal Surface Design Association, San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles, January 10 to February 28, 2016
  • All Things Considered VIII, National Basketry Association, Fruitlands Museum, Harvard, MA, September 19 to November 8, 2015
  • Pairings: Collaborative Works by Two or More Artists, Healdsburg Center for the Arts, Healdsburg, CA, Collaboration with Chuck Quibell, August 19 to October 4, 2015
  • Natural Dye Showcase, Mendocino Art Center, Mendocino, CA, August 3 to 28, 2015
  • All Things Considered VIII, National Basketry Association, Grand Hand Gallery, St Paul, MN, July 9 to Aug 9, 2015 
  • Fiber Directions, Juror’s exhibit, Wichita Center for the Arts National Exhibition, Wichita, KS, March 27 to May 10, 2015

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Best, Toni
Briemle, Nancy
Darchi, Bob
DuFlon, Andrea
Frankie, Jutta
Gwathney, Eugenia
Johnson, Chris
Kelleher, Lynn
Oller, Lorraine
Pascal, Orna
Salm, Amanda
Shapiro, Barbara
Stanton, Jill
Wittman, Jan

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