Barbara Shapiro

Barbara Shapiro

Barbara has been creating textile art for decades. She combines a rich knowledge of historical and ethnic textiles with broad technical experience in weaving, dyeing and basketry. After being involved in the San Francisco Art to Wear movement in the ’70s and ’80s, Barbara shifted her focus to textile art. She teaches frequent workshops and classes at San Francisco State University and Osher Lifelong learning Institute. A Board Member of the Textile Society of America, she also serves on the Textile Arts Council of the Fine Arts Museums of SF and is a docent at the Museum of Craft and Folk Art. For many years she has specialized in Indigo Dying and has taught many students the “Greener Indigo” formula, which is safer and more ecological than common chemical formulas. She is a frequent contributor to textile publications and her wall pieces and baskets have been widely published and exhibited throughout the USA and in Canada, France, England, Ireland, Japan Israel and Korea.