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Claire Drewe

Clematis
Clematis
Batik
Fleet Pond
Fleet Pond
Batik

I first fell in love with batik as an art form when I went to Java and Bali on honeymoon and we just happened to visit the batik workshops.  I had no idea the technique could produce such detailed and beautiful results.  However, it wasn’t until many years later when, whilst teaching, an artist gave us a workshop on how to teach batik to primary children that I decided to try it for myself.  I subsequently went on two workshops, one with Noel Dyrenforth and the other with Angela Lenman and have never looked back.  Once a month I join Angela at the Batik Club she runs in Ash where a group of us work together and share ideas. 

Beaufort-en-Vallee
Beaufort-en-Vallée
Batik on cotton with lace & stitch
Boats on La Loire
Boats on La Loire
Batik on cotton with lace & stitch

Most of my work is inspired by my environment.  I often work on cotton using procion dyes producing pictures from photographs and sketches I have made. My early work concentrated on trying to get as much detail in as I could, using many different shades and colours, fine tjantings and kistkas.  More recently I have incorporated layered fabrics, lace and stitch prior to dyeing in order to add texture and an element of unpredictability in exactly how the dyes will take.  I am also experimenting with batik on paper, taking advantage of how the wax changes the quality of the paper and opens up the possibilities of collage and mixed media work.

Paper Lace
Paper Lace
Batik on paper

I exhibit my work locally and love to run batik workshops for adults and in schools.

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