Approved: 16.08.2006

Barbara Fidoe

Artist, Maker, Lecturer / academic, Community worker

Approved: 16.08.2006

Much of the work I create is a response to the impact of surrounding environments at home and abroad, where everyday situations and visual memories are gathered and expressed in the designs and colour. The worked pieces are often intuitive and controlled compositions, discovered through the process of balancing colour, shape and texture, allowing the work to evolve through invention and the process

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  • Location: Stratford-on-Avon, West Midlands
  • Activities: Primary education, Higher education, Further education, Adult education, Lecturing, Residencies, Workshops, Arts in health, Community arts, Participatory projects, Private commissions
  • Categories: Education project, Mixed Media, Painting, Participatory, Textiles
 

Biography

Much of the work I create is a response to the impact of surrounding environments at home and abroad, where everyday situations and visual memories are gathered and expressed in the designs and colour. The worked pieces are often intuitive and controlled compositions, discovered through the process of balancing colour, shape and texture, allowing the work to evolve through invention and the process of the making. With a fascination of the way time is expressed by the process of old worn, aged and weathered objects and places, I developed a way to translate this to the cloth. A sequence of layering techniques are applied to the cloth, using a combination of painting and silk screen-printing by hand, to build up and take away layers of colour and texture. The choice of fabric, using mainly velvet and silk/mix devore' cloth was dictated by the ability they have to carry the richness of the dyes, giving the impression of depth and structure to the cloth. a quality necessary to the finished work.

CV & Education

Qualifications and training 2000 - MA Printed Textiles, University of Central England, Birmingham 1998 - City & Guilds Teaching Certificate, South Warwickshire College of further Education, Stratford upon Avon 1997 - BA Hons Art and Craft Studies (specialised textiles), Coventry University, Coventry Group exhibitions 2011 - Hidcote Sclupture Trail, Hidcote Manor Gardens, National Trust, Hidcote Bartrim, Chipping Camden 2011 - opening exhibition, Arter Gallery, Stratford Upon Avon 2011 - Precious Things, New Brewery Arts, Cirencester 2010 - Made to Measure, New Brewery Arts, Cirencester 2009 - Leamington Spa Art Gallery selected open, Art Gallery, Leamington Spa 2008 - 6 of the Best, Warwickshire Museum, Warwick 2007 - Fresh Air, Pool House Gallery, Brewery Arts, Quenington, Cirencester 2007 - Home II Made In Middle Middle, Rugby Art Gallery and Museum, Rugby 2007 - Landscape and Wildlife, Clay Barn Studio, Nr Stratford Upon Avon 2007 - Off The Wall, St Martins Arts , Birmingham 2006 - Off The Wall, Herbert Art Gallery and Museum, Coventry 2006 - ORIGIN Crafts Council, Summerset House, London 2006 - Re design, Shire Hall Gallery, Stafford 2006 - Virtual Exhibition, City inn, Birmingham 2005 - Deconstruct:Reconstruct, Bilston Craft gallery, Wolverhamton 2004 - Elemental Arts Project, Artfirst Contemporary Art Gallery, London 2004 - Fired Earth Touring Exhibition, Fired Earth , UK 2004 - Re:Design, St John's House Museum, Warwick 2003 - Art Squared, The Hayloft Studio, Near Moreton-in-Marsh 2003 - Designer Crafts, Midlands Art Centre, Birmingham 2003 - Natural Fibres, Romney Marsh Craft Gallery, Kent 2003 - Word of Mouth, The Gallery, Stratford-upon-Avon 2002 - Access All Areas, Herbert Art Gallery and Museum, Coventry 2002 - Made in the Middle, Craftspace Touring Exhibition, Midlands 2002 - Now, Herbert Art Gallery and Museum, Coventry 2001 - Top Drawer, Earls Court, London 1998 - Rising Stars, Combe Farm Gallery, Devon 1997 - New Designers, Business Design Centre, Islington, London Workshops 2011 - Kudo 3D textile characters, Tuned In, Stratford upon Avon 2011 - Shakespeare celebrations, costumes, Escape, Startford Upon Avon 2011 - Still Life silk screen printing, Escape, Nuneaton 2010 - Kudo 3D textile characters, Tuned In, Thomas Jolyfee primary School, Stratford & Bidford primary School 2009 - printmaking workshops, Adult & children, Rugby Art Gallery , Rugby 2008 - Textile screen printing, St john Fisher school, New castle under Lyme 2006 - At Home II Project, Rugby Art Gallery, Rugby Residencies 2011 - Arts and Health Research project, Nottingham Trent university & North Warwickshire Mental Health, Nuneaton 2010 - Artwork for reception of new school, Courthouse Green School, Coventry 2004 - Lead artist, textile project, Arts & Business, craftsspace Touring and Fired Earth Interiors , Christopher Rawlins Primary School, Adderbury, Oxfordshire 2003 - Lead artist, textile project with young people, Joint project between PRU/YOT and Rugby Art Gallery and Museum, Rugby Art Gallery and Museum 2003 - textile designs, Fired earth Interiors, Banbury, Milton keynes Private commissions 2008 - various wall hangings/panels, Private residence, London/Oxford areas 2007 - textile hangings, private residence, Cotswold, Cirencester 2005 - textile wall hanging, Private residence, Oxfordshire 2004 - textile wall hanging and panels, Night Club, Bristol Public commissions 2006 - Home II , Craftspace, Rugby Art Gallery and Museum 2004 - Designed collection wall hangings /Christmas cards, Fired Earth , UK Retail Stores 2003 - Window Panels , MIND day centre, Coventry Corporate commissions 2004 - Textile wall hangings, designs for christmas card, Fired Earth Interiors, Banbury Projects 2011 - Allotment community arts project, Escape, Studley 2011 - River Festival, Owl & The pussy cat, Banner, Paper moon, Stratford upon Avon 2011 - Talking Portraits print project, Rugby Art Gallery & Museum, Rugby 2009 - textile project-exhibition, Rugby Art Gallery & Museum & Pupil reintegration unit, Rugby 2009 - textiles , Stratford Upon Avon high School, Stratford Upon avon 2009 - Transformation, recycling textiles, Escape , Stratford Upon avon 2008 - Re-Create, Rugby Art Gallery & Museum & Pupil reintegration unit, Rugby 2007 - Growth , Escape , Stratford Upon avon 2007 - textile project, PCT asian women's group, Coventry Publications 2010 - Warwickshire life magazine 2008 - Textiles Now, book