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Louise MacIntosh-Watson Louise MacIntosh-Watson

I like to describe myself as a contemporary Batik artist. I am increasingly concerned and frustrated about the noticeable absence of batik work in modern British art galleries and I am on a mission to change this! 

I am truly excited by the possibilities of batik, but for me, it’s all about the colour. Don’t get me wrong I do love the wax too. I especially love the flow of the wax through the tjanting. I enjoy the challenge of control and the unpredictable spillages. Mostly I love how simple but enormously clever this technique is. I continue to be amazed at the way in which wax can trap a colour without suffocating it and then how a second application of colour to wax-free areas can darken or change it altogether.

Heart
Heart

I am currently pushing forward and developing my own style of contemporary batik. I am scribbling and dripping and layering and scraping! I work on paper and experiment with commercially produced colour combinations, hence leaving behind all traditional aspects of batik! When shading with a pencil, I scribble - I create rapid, fluid movements and these marks translate beautifully using wax. Layering colours using inks, dyes and wax on paper has provided me with some very exciting opportunities for contemporary imagery. 

Feel the Love II
Feel the Love II
Batik on paper

Regretful
Regretful
Batik on paper

Untitled
Untitled
Batik on paper

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