Barbara's art work is very powerful in both fashion and figurative design. She has earned her Master of Fine Arts from Northwestern University in Costume Design and her work shows off her extensive skills. Put together the century old fashion designs with current fabrics, products and techniques her work is quite unique. Barbara’s figures often express the fashions of the past centuries with a twist. When she designs she doesn’t leave any process on the cutting room floor. Barbara goes all out; every little detail is “Over the Top”.
She is detailed from top to bottom. Her teaching expertise in face sculpting and painting will give you hands on experience learning how to inject a personality. When it comes to clothing she can match any plaid with a print, stripe, bold colors and adding trims to really give her fashions a fun feel. The amazing part of Barbara’s fabrication it is just right, not too much and that is saying a lot because there is a bunch of techniques and color going on in Barbara’s work. I love surprises and her work fills the air with amazing work.
It is no surprise that her detailed Steampunk class Amanda Cogsley-Smyth offered at Artistic Figures In Cloth and Clay filled up with in the first months of the convention application process. She still has room in a one day class offering Bon Bon’s a workshop full of technique and whimsy. If you are interested in seeing these class offerings and more on
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