Shasha Shaikh

Portrait of Shasha Shaikh

I am a batik artist currently based in France. From my apartment window where I work, I have a view across the rooftops of Paris, right across to the hills on the other side of town.

I was born in 1972 in India, and grew up in different hills, across the globe, a small town at the foothills of the Himalayas; in the special environment of a Franco-Indian family of artists.

I learnt the technique of batik from my parents; they used to work together to make Indian minature style batiks.

Officially, I studied furniture design and have been working in the interior design field for the last 15 years - but the pull of 'art' has been calling for quite some time, and I have come back to working with batik.

My batiks are mostly inspired by the natural environment I grew up in and the changing seasons around me. Probably because of the important link to my personal history, there's a hint of nostalgia in my work - in the themes, and often in the choice of colour depth and contrast.

I work most often with cotton, and Procion cold dyes.

I love Batik. I love the smell of hot wax, the concentration and patience required – and mainly the surprises you get when you iron out the final piece.

Artworks by Shasha
Image entitled Monsoon Windowpane
Monsoon Windowpane
Batik on cotton
57 x 39 cm
Image entitled Birch Glade
Birch Glade
Batik on cotton
31 x 39cm
Image entitled Red Umbrella
Red Umbrella
Batik on cotton
49 x 53 cm
Image entitled White Lily
White Lily
Batik on cotton
54 x 73 cm

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Shasha is a Batik Guild member
 
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