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1998 Barbara began designing a silk & ceramic sculptural light. Working with ceramic artists, she developed a line of wheel thrown bases for her lighting creations. Working with slab-constructed clay she carves and forms the bases and bodies integrating color and form to go with the painted silk. Thus creating free standing sculptures or winged wall creatures.
To appeal to a broader audience, Barbara developed a line of painted silk lampshades. Created from an original and printed on pure silk using archival inks, the silk is backed and made into a sturdy form that fits a specifically designed, hand crafted ceramic base. Printed and constructed entirely in her home studio, each lamp employs the same attention to detail as the original.
The Gutta Serti technique is her preferred choice for silk-painting. This technique involves outlining designs with gutta or water-based resists, which are applied to white silk that has been pre-washed, dried and stretched (on a stretcher).