Helen Heery

Portrait of Helen Heery

My fascination for batik was encouraged from an early age by my uncle, who was living in East Malaysia, and regularly sent over lengths of batik fabric. During a 2 year journey around the Far East, I stopped on the travellers trail and did a weeks course in batik in Java. I collected many sarong lengths of vibrant abstract batik that was then the fashion in Java. It was several years later that I discovered evening classes in the technique but once started I haven't stopped.

Over the past 10 years I have developed my love for textiles into a small business selling batik scarf designs, silk scarves and ties, hand-made cards and larger pictures through galleries and craft exhibitions. I enjoy experimenting with pattern and colour and always use the highest quality fabrics to enhance the designs. I especially like working with the combination of ferrous sulphate, K-salt and indigo dyes with silk and silk-velvet to give beautiful natural shades of gold, plum, tan and blue. I also enjoy experimenting with batik on paper and have developed a collection of floral designs on Chinese paper, which I sell as hand-made cards and larger mounted pieces.

Working as a part-time teacher has allowed me to develop my business in many areas, including contributing to books on batik. I also teach batik free-lance in primary and secondary schools and run courses at my studio in North London. Future courses and a list of my up and coming craft exhibitions can be seen through the exhibitions link.

Artworks by Helen
Image entitled Silk velvet scarves with georgette silk lining
Silk velvet scarves with georgette silk lining
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Crêpe satin scarves
Image entitled Georgette silk scarf and sand-washed silk scarf with black silk velvet lining
Georgette silk scarf and sand-washed silk scarf with black silk velvet lining

Photo of Helen Heery
Helen is a Batik Guild member
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