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Barbara Gunter-Jones is a textile artist and a creative industries consultant specialising in contemporary craft.

From 1999 until 2008, Barbara worked at the Crafts Council managing a number of major projects and events including trade missions for designer-makers to New York, Tokyo, Kyoto and Philadelphia; and retail projects including Origin: The London Craft Fair at Somerset House. Barbara has researched extensively into craft practice including an evaluation of the Japanese market for UK designer-makers and, in 2009, a research paper for Designer Maker West Midlands investigating opportunities for mid-career makers. As part of this research, Barbara compiled the New Routes handbook which includes case studies of designer-maker professional practice. 

Barbara began her career as a textile designer and stylist, creating artwork for fashion and interior clients. She was employed by trend forecasting agency Nigel French, creating bespoke textile designs for UK and international retailers. Prior to her employment at the Crafts Council, she held positions of Deputy Editor of International Textiles magazine, and Interiors Editor of The Mix magazine, Global Color Research.

Barbara was an Artistic Assessor for Arts Council England from 2010 to 2012, and worked as Open Studios Event Manager at Cockpit Arts in 2012 and 2013.

Currently, Barbara is working as Exhibition Project Manager (freelance) for the Crafts Council at Design Days Dubai.