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)
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.