Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Spotlight: Create Whimsy




Thank you Create Whimsy​!!

"Barbara De Pirro translates organic forms and patterns found in nature into sculptural works of art, often using reclaimed plastics. Because she is using the materials for a new purpose, she invents and reinvents unique methods for transforming discarded items into stunning 3-dimensional pieces."

Read the full interview here, https://createwhimsy.com/projects/spotlight-barbara-de-pirro-mixed-media-artist/

Artwork pictured: 'Sea Anenome' will be included in the 'Basketry Now' exhibit at the Kentucky University Museum in Bowling Green, KY July 16 - Dec. 1, curated by National Basketry Organization, Inc.​


Saturday, March 30, 2019

STEM+Art+Design: NWDC at Schack


I'll have 3 Mixed Media Sculptures included in this exhibit!
In conjunction with the show I will also be offering 'The Sculptural Form' workshop,
Here's a sneak peek plus all the details are below...

 'Sea Urchin (yellow)', Synthetic Strapping & Crocheted Stainless Steel Wire

 'Sea Urchin (white)', Synthetic Strapping & Crocheted Stainless Steel Wire

 'Keeping Tabs', Aluminum Pull Tabs & Crocheted Stainless Steel Wire

STEM+Art+Design: Northwest Designer Craftsmen Create  

Exhibition  April 25 - June 8 
Opening reception: April 25, 2019, 5-8pm 

Exhibit supported by the City of Everett Cultural Arts Commission and The Boeing Company.
For this exhibition, STEM+Art+Design: Northwest Designer Craftsmen Create,  Art + Design are added to STEM to demonstrate how artists design and create works of art integrating STEM principles.  

For example, imagine a ceramic artist creating work on an electric wheel using precision measuring instruments to ensure the piece is perfectly proportioned; then firing in a highly technical computer driven kiln at temperatures specific to the clay body and glazes used to create the effects designed by the artist. All of these, and many more, technical aspects of the ceramic artist's work are richly entrenched in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

Each NWDC member uses various integrations of STEM to create their work. Whether weaving, dyeing, metalsmithing, melting glass or creating mixed media works of art-all are highly invested in STEM principals.


STEM+Art+Design also supports the current emphasis in Washington state curriculum on STEM: the integration of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math through project-based educational experiences. 

Sunday, February 3, 2019

New Sculptures in the Works!


'Sea Anenome', created using recycled plastic strapping & crocheted stainless steel wire.



'Sea Urchin', created using recycled plastic strapping & crocheted stainless steel wire.


Saturday, December 1, 2018

Small Works in my DePirroStudio shop!


My biomorphic sculptures are now available in my DePirroStudio shop! 
Take a peek, HERE

Thursday, October 4, 2018

'The Contemporary Art of Pacific Northwest Crafts'


Northwest Designer Craftsmen
is pleased to be exhibiting 
'The Contemporary Art of Pacific Northwest Crafts
at the Washington State Convention Center

September 29 - January 6, 2019
705 Pike St, Seattle, WA 98101
7am to 10pm daily
Level 2 Main Galleria

Sunday October 7 - Everyone is invited to:
Artists Opening Reception at 1:30
Curator Lloyd Herman’s presentation at 1:45
At 3:00 we will walk to Facere Gallery for a Reception
1420 5th Ave
Everyone is welcome


My new sculpture 'Multiples: Keeping Tabs' will be included in this exhibit. Created out of hundreds of aluminum pull tabs crocheted together using stainless steel wire.








Thursday, June 28, 2018

'Kelp Forest' Extended!



'Kelp Forest'

Great news, 'Kelp Forest' has been extended through this Fall!

If you didn't make it to Tacoma Ocean Fest, there's still time to see it installed in this incredible historical space...also be sure to check out Annie Crawley's photography displayed on the gallery wall behind.

'Kelp Forest', 15ft wide x 10ft deep x 8ft long, created using over 400 reclaimed & reinvented plastic bottles. 
A HUGE thank you to Ocean Fest Tacoma, Rosemary Ponnekanti, Greater Tacoma Community Foundation & Foss Waterway Seaport for funding & hosting this project!

Our appreciation also to Alec Clayton for his thoughtful words highlighting this important event! ARTICLE

Foss Waterway Seaport 
705 Dock Street 
Tacoma, WA 

Take a virtual stroll through the Kelp Forest...





Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Tacoma Ocean Fest


Tacoma Ocean Fest
Celebrate | Learn | Protect
June 10, 11-4 
FREE

Foss Waterway Seaport 
705 Dock Street
Tacoma, WA

My new Environmental Installation 'Kelp Forest' will be featured at Tacoma Ocean Fest. Created using hundreds of reclaimed plastics, in mass I have collected, washed, cut & reassembled over 300 plastic bottles. The completed installation will be suspended up high within Foss Waterway Seaport enabling visitors to walk underneath it's ghostly form.



Ocean Fest is a one-day free festival on Tacoma’s waterfront for World Ocean weekend. It brings the community together through arts, sciences and water play to celebrate the ocean, tell about its threats and inspire people to protect it. Big thanks to Greater Tacoma Community Foundation for funding this project and to Rosemary Ponnekanti for the invitation!!

Learn more about the festival here, Tacoma Ocean Fest 2018