Barbara Segal, stone artist

Barbara Segal is a contemporary artist working in a variety of stone. Barbara is a stone carver and contemporary artist producing stunning work in a variety of marble and stones.

She talks about the various places she trained in Europe to learn her craft and about drawing on her personal history to create stone sculptures of clothing and handbags.

Seven things I learned from Barbara

  1. She trained in New York, Paris and Italy learning carving and mould making

  2. The sculptures with various colours are made from stacked stone or a lamination process.

  3. Her work draws on 3 main areas - her fascination with architecture of renaissance churches, her personal history and nostalgia of her childhood, and icons of twentieth century consumerism.

  4. The detailed mosaic floors of European churches had a huge influence on the 19 year old Barbara; they reminded her of the complex patterns of her mothers wardrobe and Pucci shirts. She is still hugely influenced by these designs and uses them in her work.

  5. She regularly visits Italy to buy stone, where she has access to stone from around the world. The raw stone market seems to be mainly run through Italy

  6. Her current work includes rubies and other precious stones to embellish the belts on the Birkin bag sculptures. Her training across sculpture, carving and mould making have given her the skillset to handle different materials.

  7. Barbara has studio assistants that she trains, and produces around 7 pieces a year. She also teaches at the School of Visual Arts in New York.

Brikin bag referencing architecture of the Duomo in Florence, Italy

Brikin bag referencing architecture of the Duomo in Florence, Italy

Orange calcite Birkin Bag sculpture by Barbara Segal

Orange calcite Birkin Bag sculpture by Barbara Segal

LVBS bag by Barbara Segal; the artist combines her own initials into the design of the popular bag

LVBS bag by Barbara Segal; the artist combines her own initials into the design of the popular bag

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One of the jackets from the 1980s which formed Segal’s early work

One of the jackets from the 1980s which formed Segal’s early work

Child’s dress which also references the artists interest in renaissance architecture

Child’s dress which also references the artists interest in renaissance architecture

Hankerchief sculpture with detailed lace carving

Hankerchief sculpture with detailed lace carving

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