Monday, November 11, 2013

World of Threads Interview

If you haven't discovered it yet,
be sure to check out the World of Threads,

Weekly Fibre Artist Interviews.
Interviews published by Gareth Bate & Dawne Rudman

This week I'm honored to say that I'm included in the mix.

My heartfelt thanks to World of Threads!
Here's the full interview...

'Fractured Ice'  Barbara De Pirro

Tuesday, October 8, 2013


'Hive'     Barbara De Pirro

In celebration of the miraculous Bee....buzzzzzzz.

'Hive', Installed in a grand old Cedar tree at
Matzke Sculpture Park on Camano Island
Created using reclaimed plastic bottles,
stitched together with staples and stainless steel pins.

'Hive'     Barbara De Pirro

a little bit closer....

'Hive'     Barbara De Pirro

moving around the tree....

'Hive'     Barbara De Pirro

A detail shot that shows how 'Hive' is stitched together with staples.
I love how the light illuminates this material!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Growing on Camano Island

'Hives',  soon to be installed at Matzke Sculpture Park.
Take a walk in the park & look up....

More details posted HERE

also opening this month in the gallery, 'Autumn Winds'.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Beyond Quotidian

Hive (Lucid)   Barbara De Pirro

An exhibition transforming everyday, common materials and objects, elevating them into refined and unexpected works of art.  Curated by June Sekiguchi and Kelly Lyles.

August 8 – September 23

2430 76 Ave. SE
Mercer Island, WA

Artists include: John Breitweiser, Barbara De Pirro, Deborah Kapoor, Karen Hackenberg, Holly Ballar Martz, Chris Maynard, and Nia Michaels

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Meaning of Wood: Longview

July 23- August 21
Opening Reception July 22,  4-6 PM

Rose Center for the Arts
15th Ave. & Washington Way
Longview, WA

Slide show HERE

The Meaning of Wood Curator Statement
There are probably as many paintings, photographs and sculptures of trees as there are trees. But many trees meet fates not so frequently portrayed: harvested and shipped to other markets, conserved for biological benefit and recreation, subjected to forest fires or windstorms and so lost to the use of humans and other species, milled and turned into functional products, and so forth.
The Meaning of Wood provokes thinking beyond individual tree portraits into the process and significance of trees becoming wood. It is a paradox of our language that “woods” means a living forest and “wood” means the material of products and commerce. Our language is permeated by tree metaphors – a problem has its “roots,” software programs have “branches,” railroads have “trunk” lines, we ourselves are “stiff as boards” or we “slept like logs.”
This is not an inconsequential topic: global forests are carbon sinks, rich nations pay poor ones to retain forests for carbon sequestration, and counties in Washington still depend on timber sales to fund education and public safety. Longview as a community has deep roots in many of these activities. Hosting such an exhibit invites discussion of the community’s history, economic health and values.
This invitational exhibit includes artists from all across western Washington and northern Oregon. It offers diverse media: painting, photography, printmaking, assemblages, quilting, sculpture, even a game.  It ranges from the days of the spotted owl protests to contemporary times and presents an array of social viewpoints.
Curating the exhibit has reminded me how much we treasure both “wood” and “woods.” As a society we attempt to derive both commercial and spiritual value from forests simultaneously. We can debate and disagree about what the highest and best uses of the resource are: experiences of nature? Biodiversity bank? Houses? Furniture? Objects of beauty and contemplation? Valuable export category? Or pallets and toilet paper tubes?
Our human nature responds to the rich sensory qualities of wood. Even dead, wood reminds us of life. We will never want to be without it around us.

Suze Woolf

Artist Statements HERE

Green Art: Coming soon!

"Trees come in many forms and are shaped by a huge variety of climatic and human forces. This makes them iconic vehicles for expressing human conditions and allows for commentary on deep ecology. Artists have always been arboreal fans; some artists look at trees and see them as canvases for their particular vision. Others may decide to replicate them in their favorite medium, whether it is ceramics, fabrics, paint or glass. They combine, redesign, and transform their materials into art that changes the way we perceive the world. Their creations grab our attention and give us a promise of renewal and beauty; their work with trees, roots, and leaves creates magic and mystery for us to delight in. In this striking collection, 106 international, twenty-first century artists portray their world in sculpture, glass, paint, clay, wood and other contemporary mediums, displayed in over 500 images. As Dr. Seuss suggests in The Lorax, they, Speak for the trees, for the trees have no tongues."

Coming out very soon!
Pre-order your copy HERE

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

my sculptural garden...

Flora Plastica   Barbara De Pirro  

....looking up!
Flora Plastica is constructed using over 3,000 reclaimed plastic bags.

Flora Plastica   Barbara De Pirro 

Flora Plastica   Barbara De Pirro 

More from my sculptural garden....

'Burst' (detail)    Barbara De Pirro
'Ripple' (detail)    Barbara De Pirro

'Encircle', 'Burst', 'Ripple' & 'Cascade'   Barbara De Pirro

More details about this exhibit, HERE

Profusion: Fiber Art Now ARTICLE

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Art of the Garden

'Flora Plastica'   Barbara De Pirro
Over 2,000 crocheted plastic bags!

Flora Plastica, last shown at the Tacoma Art Museum
has been reinvented & will reappear at this years
Art of the Garden 
at Schack Art Center in Everett.
Also included are four new sculptures, Burst. Cascade, Encircle & Ripple.

June 13 – August 1
Opening Reception: June 13, 5-8 PM

Schack Art Center
2921 Hoyt Ave., Everett, WA
(425) 259-5050
More details here, WEBSITE

Sponsored by City of Everett Cultural ArtsCommission

compliments of Schack!

Monday, May 27, 2013

Lucid....more images

A HUGE thank you to Port Angeles Fine Art Center!

Gallery Installation by Barbara De Pirro

May 23 to June 30, 2013

Port Angeles Fine Art Center
1203 E. Lauridsen Blvd.
Port AngelesWA 
Lucid (details),   Barbara De Pirro
Plastic milk bottles, clear plastic banding, crocheted monofilament, staples, shadow & light
Lucid (detail)  De Pirro, Clear plastic tubing, crocheted plastic bags, shadow & light
Lucid (detail)  De Pirro, Plastic milk bottles, wire, staples, shadow & light

 Lucid (detail)  De Pirro, Plastic milk bottles, staples, shadow & light
Lucid (detail)  De Pirro, Plastic milk bottles, staples, shadow & light

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Lucid at Port Angeles Fine Art Center

May 23 - June 30, 2013

Special Artist's Presentation - Friday, May 24, 4 PM 
Followed by the Artist's Reception 4:30 to 6 PM

De Pirro's atmospheric installation creates interplay between light and shadow: ever changing patterns with the shifting of light, swaying gently with the delicate flow of air. Take a deep breath and allow your imagination to wander within this ethereal space.

"I am fascinated by the brilliance and resilience of nature while, at the same time, its fragility & vulnerability. I surround myself with its many forms, surfaces and textures. Nature is as much a part of my life as it is the impetus for all my recent work."

Port Angeles Fine Art Center 
1203 E. Lauridsen Blvd. 
Port Angeles, WA

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Lucid the next evolution!

Lucid (detail)  Barbara De Pirro
An expanded version of Lucid is coming!

Gallery Installation by Barbara De Pirro

May 23 to June 30, 2013

Port Angeles Fine Art Center
1203 E. Lauridsen Blvd.
Port Angeles, WA 

More details HERE

Friday, March 29, 2013

Website Updated!

Concentric Code (detail)  Barbara De Pirro

We just completed posting all the updates from 2012 & the beginning of this year.
New sculptures, installations, paintings, articles & more...
Thanks to my webmaster extraordinaire, Joe Walker!

Take a peek here at

Lucid Installation  Barbara De Pirro

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Lucid in Seattle

'Breath'    Acrylic on Wood    Barbara De Pirro

Suffused with light, Barbara De Pirro’s exhibit spans all dimensions including Sculpture, Installation & Painting.  Submerged in the interplay between light & shadow, she translates each, interconnecting her inner world into reality.

February- March 2013
Opening Feb. 7
Artist Reception Feb. 23, 5-7 PM
121 Prefontaine Pl S, 
(Pioneer Square/ Tashiro Kaplan Building)

'catkin' (detail)    Crocheted Fiber & Acrylic   Barbara De Pirro
'Quill' (detail)     Crocheted Fiber & Acrylic  Barbara De Pirro
'Lucid' Installation (detail)     Created using hundreds of recycled milk jugs.   Barbara De Pirro
'Lucid' Installation (detail)     Barbara De Pirro

Profusion-Fiber Art Now

Hot off the press in the Winter issue of Fiber Art Now.
Many thanks to the editor Marcia Young, contributing editor Leanne Jewett & online editor Cami Smith!

The article featured my installation 'flora plastica' originally installed at Tacoma Art Museum in 2011 in conjunction with 'Flora & Fine Art'.
It will make its next appearance at Schack Art Center Gallery this June for 'Art of the Garden'.
stay tuned for more....

'flora plastica' (detail)   Barbara De Pirro