Barb Chappell

Host artist at Fiberwood Studio


Barbara Chappell is a fabric designer working primarily with woven textiles. She studied Design at the University of Wisconsin- Madison, earning a Bachelors in Textile Design and later a Masters in Fibers from UW-Stout. After moving to Milwaukee in 1997 she opened Fiberwood Studio Ltd which celebrates 20 years in business this year. When she is not busy creating you will find her sharing her passion for textiles, teaching weaving and other fiber techniques at the Studio.

Whether creating household or fashion fabrics, she is drawn to texture, subtle shifts of color and tone, and the simple but elegant interplay of yarns to create textiles that are both aesthetically pleasing and useful. Her designs are inspired by the natural fibers and yarns that fill the studio and how to make the most of their qualities. The tactile nature of working with the yarns and the rhythmic process of the weaving keep her excited to see what comes next.

Barbara is a past president and longtime member of Wisconsin Designer Crafts Council.