I discovered my passion for batik whilst working with artists in Kota Baharu on the east coast of Malaysia in 1991. On returning to the UK I moved to Bristol and have continued to develop my own style of batik, repeating motifs to give the works life, depth and a sense of movement. The natural world provides an unlimited source of inspiration - my love of wildlife is reflected in my work. My father was a keen birdwatcher & fisherman, so as a child this is where I learnt much about and a love for birds and British wildlife.
I work on white cotton lawn fabric using traditional wax pens & brushes to apply wax and painting on dyes to build up layers to give depth and colour. A final dip in the dye bath creates the characteristic crackled effect.
I also produce etched glass to commission using wax as a resist before sandblasting and more recently have moved into textile design using a range of my images to produce fabric for handmade lampshades and cushions
I have exhibited widely in the West Country (including WWT Slimbridge, & artist in residence at Nature in Art) and at SWLA open exhibition in London. My numerous commissions include health centres, and corperate, charitable trusts and private clients. I also teach batik to individuals and community and school workshops producing large batik banners.
WHATS ON: I have a busy Autumn ahead with a 3 month exhibition at WWT Slimbridge, a stand at the Craft for Crafters Event in Shepton Mallet, Made in Bristol and running batik workshops, so I am taking a break from the North Bristol Art Trail, but will be back next year. Please check out events and exhibitions page to find out what is happening & when
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