Drudess Art Exhibition
Whilst at Upper School in Bedfordshire, I was encouraged to explore the art of silk batik by an inspirational teacher. She had spent time in Indonesia where the process of transferring a design onto textiles by using molten wax has been used for centuries.
At school, we began working with wax on silk, using tjantings, silk dyes and substances such as salt, water and surgical spirit to create different textures.
A level Art, in which some of the coursework was using
the medium of batik, I went on to study Textile Design & Technology
at De Montfort University; specialising in knitwear and design. I
still dabbled with batik in my spare time, and was able
to incorporate batik in my final year project and exhibition based
on Romantic Poets.
batik work took a back seat whilst my son was younger, and I had a
job as a teaching assistant. However, since our move to Herefordshire
five years ago, I have found fresh motivation and inspiration to do
The richness and textures of the natural world inspire my designs, as does the colour and energy associated with different cultures and foreign lands. More recently, I have enjoyed exploring the work of other artists such as Gustav Klimt and Jack Vettriano and selecting elements from their work as a basis for my own designs that I further develop in a way that explore the batik medium.
Colour, pattern and texture are important to me and my designs reflect this.