Barbara Strange is a Hampshire textile artist who takes her inspiration from the ever changing and yet somehow ever constant geography and landscape of Hampshire and its surrounding counties. She is engaged in exploring the juxtaposition of patterns and forms which leads her to work in the abstract.
Barbara’s current work begins where the seas meet the land. The interaction of light and sound are recorded in observational drawings and on site paintings, later to be developed into a larger series of works in her studio. By taking the drawn line into stitch and textile, texture printing, overprinting, and then over working the whole with stitch she creates an eventual sense of accumulation of the essence of time, where the layers of stitch represent these layers of time. She works in mixed media and is influenced by the work of landscape painters, in particular, Jeremy Gardiner and Kurt Jackson.
Barbara has had a long career in art, design and media education, while continuing with her painting and textile work. Her earlier work and exhibitions were concerned with the creation of the textile, the making of local crafted felts and the creation from these of semi abstract forms both 2D and 3D. Barbara has an FdA Stitched Textiles (Merit), University of Winchester and is a Licentiate member with the Society of Designer Craftsmen. She is also a member of the Artworks Collective in Poole, where she has a studio and also exhibits.