|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 over 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.|
Barbara is a founding member of the World Shibori Network - Australia/NZ. She has actively participated in seven international Shibori Symposia and in 2011, won two awards at the National Wool Museum Scarf Festival in Geelong.
In 2012 she had her first solo exhibition "Parallels" at Craft ACT, an installation of contemporary textiles that explore the diversity and language of the stripe. This exhibition will also be at Sturt Gallery, Mittagong in 2013.
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.