|Photo from the interview by Gareth Bate & Dawne Rudman|
But lo, over the years, what have I done? I started with designing and knitting intarsia picture sweaters back in the '80's, moved into sculpture and installation in the '90's using textiles as a medium, did a series of allegorical portraits of marginal Canadian historical figures, have dabbled with paper cut illustration, and now I am hooking rugs. Looking over Barbara's far more illustrious career, I can see many parallels, or at least similar interests. She even lives on an island! I am happy to say that her work still impresses me, and in retrospect, I think she was quite an influence in my formative years.
A lovely and comprehensive interview with Barbara was done for the World of Threads festival, and you can find it here. There are lots of pictures too. A video interview can be found here.
She is represented by Toronto's David Kaye Gallery and Reactor Art+Design.