About Barbara Teague,

textile and surface designer with uncommon ability…

            Armed with a degree from Rhode Island School of Design, Barbara Teague studied Textile Design at New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology while working as a Textile Study assistant at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  She sold her early designs to Lily Furst, a top New York agent, and followed up with commissions from designer/agent Anne Marie de Samarjay.  This led to engagement with companies like Katzenbach & Warren, F. Schumacher, Thibaut, Springs Mills, Westpoint Pepperell, and Stevens.

            Her freelance business rapidly expanded, with design commissions from:

            Hinson and Company (Wallpaper & Fabric)            
            F. Schumacher:  Gramercy, Greeff, Waverly (Wallpaper
                      & Fabric)           
            Imperial, Scalamandré (Wallpaper)           
            P. Kaufmann:  Bloomcraft, Braemore (Fabric)           
            Covington, Cyrus Clark, Decorator’s Walk (Fabric)
            Martha Stewart (Mats, Fabric, Bedding for Baby)
            Westpoint Home, Westpoint Stevens, and Wamsutta
            Bardwil, Town & Country, Leacock (Linens)            
            Caspari, Vera Bradley (Fabric for bags)            
            C.R. Gibson (Stationery)            
            Larry Laslo (Plates)                          
            and others

            Barbara’s knowledge and experience using museum documents have led her to appreciate preserving the quality of original designs, while adapting them to modern taste and reproduction requirements.  She became known as the “queen of documents” to some of her clients; designing adaptations for sheets from the collections of Winterthur and the Museé des Arts Decoratif, wallpapers from Newport and the Library of Congress, wallpaper and stationery from Williamsburg, and Abrams wrapping papers from the Design Library archives.  For twenty years she has been designing for top companies in the textile industry.

            Most recently, she entered the computer-aided design arena with “Illustrator” and “Photoshop”, combining her artistic hand with the ease and economy of fast-paced coloring and repetition.  With her creative eye she can put any design into repeat, produce coordinating patterns, and multiple colorways.