Lily Avanessian

Portrait of Lily Avanessian

Lily Yergatian Avanessian


I grew up on the beautiful island of Cyprus. I have loved art ever since I can remember and often drew on anything I could get my hands on. I was fortunate to have a supportive and encouraging high school Art teacher, Mrs. Gunnel Engqvist, who inspired and motivated me to pursue art.

I was first introduced to Batik by my university art instructor, Mrs. Karen Dilley, in Greenville, S.C., where I was an Art Education major. I was immediately intrigued by this unique and complex technique.

Even though I was fascinated by the Batik process, it wasn’t until 35 years later, in 2015, when I finally had the opportunity to pick it up again.

As a freelance artist I really enjoy the challenge of reverse-steps method and wax-resist technique of Batik. I especially enjoy the process of ironing out the wax at the end of each project, revealing the final product adorned with crackles and ‘happy accidents’.

I spent the past five years designing silk scarves, wraps, and neckties, but I am ready to move towards more of a decorative or displayable art. I am looking forward to experimenting with new types of dyes on materials other than silk, such as cotton and linen.

Artworks by Lily
Image entitled Ararat
Image entitled Forget me Not
Forget me Not
Image entitled Life Within the Rocks
Life Within the Rocks
Image entitled Poppies
Image entitled Self Portrait
Self Portrait
Image entitled Cocoon-art
Image entitled Batik Neck Ties
Batik Neck Ties
Image entitled Pom pom Cushion
Pom pom Cushion
Image entitled Silkworms
Image entitled Violets and Purples
Violets and Purples
Image entitled Violets
Image entitled Jade
Image entitled Pomegranates
Image entitled Turtles
Photo of Lily Avanessian
Lily is a Batik Guild member
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