Tuesday, July 11, 2017

All Things Considered 9: Basketry in the 21st Century



Presented by the National Basketry Organization, 'All Things Considered 9: Basketry in the 21st Century' is the ninth in a series of juried biennial exhibitions intended to show the full spectrum of work currently being executed by well-known and emerging artists in the United States.
The exhibition opens in conjunction with the 2017 National Basketry Organization’s conference in Tacoma, Washington. From black bamboo to reclaimed plastics, it represents a broad range of approaches by artists working within the field of contemporary basketry. Showcasing excellence in creative exploration, technique, craftsmanship, these 70 artworks were juried by Lloyd Herman, the founding Director of the Smithsonian Institution’s Renwick Gallery from 1971 – 1986. Herman is also the author of Art That Works: The Decorative Arts of the Eighties, Crafted in America. He lives and works in Seattle, Washington. Exhibition catalog available for purchase August 1, 2017.

Exhibition Schedule: 
July 20 – August 26, 2017: American Art Company, Tacoma, Washington

September 16 – October 29, 2017:  Peters Valley School of Craft, Layton, New Jersey

March 29 – June 9, 2018:  Society of Arts + Crafts, Boston, Massachusetts




Thursday, June 1, 2017

Meet the Artist: Lacey


Meet the Artist: Lacey
Show & Tell, Conversation & Snacks

June 2, 1-3 PM

Washington Department of Ecology
300 Desmond Drive SE
Lacey, WA

The installation of 'Metamorphosis' is now installed at the Washington Department of Ecology! This project spans three floors, illuminated by an ever-changing glow of natural light!

'Metamorphosis; a series of opulent chrysalis forms representing a transformation from the humble & forgotten into the exceptional. As nature creates life cell by cell so I've created these sculptures. Hundreds of plastic bottles reclaimed & hand cut into individual cellular shapes, then stitched together into a multifaceted organic structure.'


Barbara De Pirro creates environmental, mixed media craft, sculpture and installations.  Her artwork has been exhibited in Museums, Galleries, Sculpture Parks, Art Centers and Public Art Organizations. She is a member of Northwest Designer Craftsman, Surface Design Association and National Basketry Organization. De Pirro is an Artist Trust Fellowship, Residency and GAP Grantee. Her artwork is also highlighted in multiple publications including; ‘TextileArt Around the World’, ‘Green Art: Trees, Leaves and Roots’, World of Threads, Fiber Art Now and Surface Design Association.


Special thanks to the Washington Department of Ecology and Artist Trust for all your enthusiastic support!
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“This event is also made possible by the Artist Trust​ Fellowship grant. The Meet the Artist event is part of the grant whereby award recipients outreach into a community unaware of their artwork."


Saturday, April 15, 2017

Meet the Artist: Shelton


Meet the Artist: Shelton
Show & Tell, Conversation, Snacks

May 31, 4-7 PM

Off the Walls Gallery
703 W Railroad Ave, Shelton, WA
(360)480-6296

The re-invented 'Flora' bouquets are now installed at 'Off the Walls Gallery' in Shelton! I'll be sharing other project re-inventions plus images of the original large scale installations.

Please come join us!

Barbara De Pirro creates environmental, mixed media craft, sculpture and installations.  Her artwork has been exhibited in Museums, Galleries, Sculpture Parks, Art Centers and Public Art Organizations. She is a member of Northwest Designer Craftsman, Surface Design Association and National Basketry Organization. De Pirro is an Artist Trust Fellowship, Residency and GAP Grantee. Her artwork is also highlighted in multiple publications including; ‘TextileArt Around the World’, ‘Green Art: Trees, Leaves and Roots’, World of Threads, Fiber Art Now and Surface Design Association.

Special thanks to Artist Trust & Off the Walls Gallery!

“This event is also made possible by the Artist Trust​ Fellowship grant. The Meet the Artist event is part of the grant whereby award recipients outreach into a community unaware of their artwork." 



Monday, March 20, 2017

Winter Blooms...


This Winter has given me the gift of time, quiet moments to spend developing my small studies into new sculpture.

During last Autumn's art residency I challenged myself to create smaller sculptural works that could easily be exhibited in locations where my large scale installations were not possible. This new series of work retains the familiar environmental thread of using reclaimed plastics but is now combined with open mesh structures I've crocheted using stainless steel wire.  Once again my boundless celebration of nature blooms, transforming forgotten synthetic materials into organic sculptural form.


Northwest Designer Craftsman

Vashon Center for the Arts
MAR 3 - 30, 2017

Bellevue College Gallery Space
APR 12 - MAY 17, 2017

National Basketry Organization

'All Things Considered 9 - Basketry in the 21st Century'

American Art Company 
Tacoma, WA
JULY 20 - SEPT 2, 2017

Sally D Francisco Gallery
Layton, NY
OCT - NOV, 2017

Society of Arts & Crafts
Boston, MA
FEB - JUN, 2018

Office of Arts & Culture, Seattle

Poetry Garden, Seattle Center
NOV 2017 - JAN 2018




Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Millay Colony Art Residency

My home, place of exploration, experimentation & creation for an entire month....My deepest gratitude to Artist Trust and Millay Colony!

Image share from my wanderings at Millay Colony in Austerlitz New York, to view more check out my pages on Facebook  and Instagramenjoy!








Millay Colony Art Residency

My home, place of exploration, experimentation & creation for an entire month....My deepest gratitude to Artist Trust and Millay Colony!

Image share from my wanderings at Millay Colony in Austerlitz New York, to view more check out my pages on Facebook  and Instagramenjoy!








Friday, August 19, 2016

Habitat : Refuge


“Our parks are not only sanctuaries for humans but also for local wildlife “.  This project ‘Habitat : Refuge’ involves a series of temporary animal habitats, nests of various sizes woven using a combination of both natural & reclaimed human-made materials.  These nests are temporarily installed within the trees at Duwamish Waterway Park in Seattle WA, August through October.  My intent with this installation is to invite conversation, unveiling insight to the history of the community, wildlife & landscape.  In turn nurturing an appreciation, an understanding of that interconnection and encouraging a sense of protection.

Thank you to Office of Arts & Culture Seattle and Seattle Parks and Recreation for funding my project! Special thanks to Sandy Esene, Randy Wiger & Elizabeth Esborn for all your support & insight! 



Forage & weave; in the process of making art, I stripped the forest of an invasive plant species; ivy and reclaimed plastic bottles from the local communities.