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. Barbara was introduced to shibori over 20 years ago by Inga Hunter in workshops that had a profound influence on the content and direction of her work. She has broadened her knowledge of shibori with research in Japan and the United States of America, with tutors such as Yoshiko Wada and AnaLisa Hedstrom, both well known authorities in the field of shibori. She has attended many textile symposiums and workshops both nationally and internationally.
Barbara Rogers was the inaugural winner of the Dame Mary Durack Contemporary Award in Leather in 1990. In 2005 she was invited to exhibit in ARTWEAR Fashion and Anti-fashion at the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco and also the UNO Art Gallery in Nebraska.
Barbara and has exhibited in more than 10 solo, and over 50 group exhibitions, both nationally and internationally. Her work has been selected eight times for the World Shibori Symposia exhibitions in France, Japan, Chile and Mexico to name a few, and has been a finalist in the Wangaratta Contemporary Textile Award exhibition four times.
Her work is represented in Yoshiko Wada’s Memory on cloth – Shibori now (2002), the definitive publication on contemporary work internationally in shibori. Her work can also be seen in the Fibrearts Design Book 7 (2004) by Lark Books and Shibori Recreated, A Place for Shibori in the 21st Century (2012) by Karen Davis and Pepa Martin, and numerous exhibition catalogues, magazines and articles.