Monday, August 31, 2015


Vishnu is one of the principal Hindu deities worshiped as the protector and preserver of worlds.

Vishnu is also the name of the male Great Indian rhinoceros at the Toronto Zoo that artist Barbara cook instantly fell in love with on the Behind the Scenes tour May 2014. She immediately started dyeing and quilting fabric to create the tubercles and folds of his skin: the quilt draping his frame, provides comfort from the plight of the rhinoceros. This project developed into a forest of textile light sculptures surrounding Vishnu as a shrine to him and his endangered kind. This installation highlights human divergence from an idealized path laid out in the book of Genesis. The patches on this sculpture depicts the human efforts to put things right.

The Great Indian rhino has been cited as 'vulnerable' by the IUCN, and it needs our help!
The Toronto Zoo saves and protects animals and their habitats at home and abroad and this includes the rhino. All rhinos are in desperate need of our help as poaching of these magnificent, and ancient creatures is on the rise. Did you know? There's a possibility that we will lose rhinos forever if the population continues to decline at the rate it is now.

This Tribute to Vishnu is part of the group exhibit GENESIS: MEMORY LANE sponsored by AVANI featuring 13 artists on 9 different locations on the grounds of the Spadina Museum 285 Spadina Road, Toronto, October 3rd, 2015  7 p.m. to 7 a.m. for Scotiabank Nuit Blanche. www.

This Rhino statue of this installation will be donated to the Toronto Zoo for auction after being shown at Scotiabank Nuit Blanche.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 2015

Presented by
Genesis of Memory Lane

October 3rd, 2015
at the Spadina Museum
285 Spadina Road, Toronto, ON

7 p.m. to 7 a.m.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Past Event


at the Galeria 814
 814 St. Clair Ave. West, Toronto
June 2nd to 16th 2015
Opening Reception Thursday June 4, 7 - 10 pm

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

was an amazing success on the grounds of the Spadina Museum

Sylph is an imaginary/mythological, spirit of the air originating from the alchemical works of Paracelsus. This 16th century Swiss-German physician, botanist, alchemist, astrologer and general occultist not only established the role of Chemistry in medicine but developed the four elemental categories: gnomes, undines, sylphs and salamanders. These correspond to the Classical elements of antiquity earth (solid), water (liquid), wind (gas), and fire (plasma).

Sylph is now used to describe the term for minor spirits, elementals, or faeries of the air. I chose to represent her with these airy wings with a hint of a body depicted by the transparent tubing.

Materials: Hand dyed/batiked cotton and linen fabric, plastic tubing, fishing line, threads/strings and staples.




Monday, April 18, 2011


Scotiabank Nuit Blanche
 Spadina House, Toronto, ON,
 October 4th, 2014 7 p.m. to 7 a.m.
(application in progress through the Art Science Collective Canada)
Barbara is both a contributing artist and co producer of this event.


February 10, 2013

Can you tell these relate to cellular biology?

'Cell' osia
January 2013
I am currently working on this group of cells using batik fabric held togethger with staples..... so far!


Thursday, January 13, 2011

Artist Statement

Barbara's love of textiles led her to traditional quilting back in the 80's. Hand sewing quilt projects from start to finish soon led to focusing on finding ways to complete quilts quicker without compromising the integrity of the art. Machine piecing soon became her best friend.

In her desire to break the mold Barbara started to add innovation to quilting by framing wall hangings, adding texture using various fabrics, papers, wools and threads sculptuing work in the form of plants, flowers and mobiles. Barbara's quilting has turned in to an evolution of pushing the boundaries of quilting and integrating this art with other mediums in the art world. Her passion for colour is emphasized in various methods of handing dyeing and batiking of fabric which brings additional depth to her work.

Recently using the dapple effect of her dyed fabrics, she has developed stained glassed sculpture items. The stained glass technique will be used in upcoming exhibits to be announced shortly. An example of this stained glass effect can be seen in the picture of her kimono below.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Recent Events



Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, October 5th, 2013
 Spadina House Museum, Toronto

Presented by the Art Science Collective Canada

Barbara is both co producer and participant in this event.


Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, September 29th, 2012

 Spadina House Museum, Toronto

Presented by the Artist Cooperative of Canada

Barbara is both a contributing artist and co producer of this event.

"Ashes to Ashes"

Art Science Collective Canada


The Magic of Stem Cells Through Artists' Eyes

August 2012
Northern District Public Library
40 Orchard View Blvd, Toronto, ON
Barbara is both a contributing artist, curator and co producer of this event.

"The Connector"

Scotiabank Nuit Blanche - October 1, 2011

 Spadina Museum, Toronto, ON

Presented by the Artist Cooperative of Canada

Barbara is both a contributing artist and co producer of this event.
"The Connector"


FibreWorks at the Side Space Gallery - June 2011

1080 St Clair Ave W., Toronto, ON

"Quincey's" - 54" x 54" (batiked trapunto)


Town of Richmond Hill various Studio Tours

Friday, August 1, 2008

Latest Works


"Row on Row" - 18" x 24"

"Scarlet Rain" - 24" x 48"

"Flower" - 12" sq (paper, fabric, threads)

"Blue Flower" = 24" sq (fabric, papers, wire)

"Grandmother's Flower Garden" - 24 "36" (trapunto)