|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 producing unique 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 twentieth and twenty first century western textiles as well as design from historical and contemporary African textiles.|
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 Fibrearts Design Book 7, 2004 and Artwear-Fashion and Anti-fashion, 2005.
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.
Her work is available at selected retail outlets. She is represented in international and national collections including the Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art.