Meet Our Community

Anne Dye

Batik Artist

I was brought up in Buenos Aires during the 40s and 50s.  There was absolutely no tradition of Batik production in Argentina at that time and it wasn’t until I was living in Scotland that I discovered Batik at a Highland Council workshop for youth club leaders in 1985.  There were six different crafts for us to try, and though I did have a go at all of them, it was Batik that really “grabbed” me.  I then attended a series of Batik courses at West Dean College run by Noel Dyrenforth, which opened a whole new world for me.  I was soon selling my work and after a few years I started running workshops in local halls and schools until I was able to rent a studio at Ariundle Centre in Strontian.  For thirteen happy years I produced and sold Batik pictures, scarves, lamps and cushions at Ariundle and also ran one and two day workshops, introducing Batik to well over 900 people until I retired in 2009.  It had all been tremendous fun, and I continue Batiking at home and exhibiting and selling my work. 

Annie Phillips

Batik Artist

I learned the technique of Batik with the teacher Noel Dyrenforth. His work & talent inspired me to push boundaries myself. I have worked with artists in Both Ghana & Indonesia.
I have been a teacher of Batik for over 35 years. For the last 20 years I have worked with designers / architects where I sell my Batik artworks printed onto glass, canvas, foils and voiles for both commercial & residential projects. I have had collections of my rugs developed from my Batiks sold in both the US and Liberty of London. I exhibited 40 of my Batik artworks at the Fashion & Textile Museum in Bermondsey from May – September 21 as part of the Chintz, Cotton in Boom Show.
The process of Batik continues to inspire & challenge me as it is the medium which unlocks my creativity. I never cease to adore the application of the hot wax onto a fabric and the journey of abstraction and layering is an endlessly engaging and challenging pursuit of mine. The journey of a batik still remains a ‘magical mystery tour with destination unknown’ keeping me excited and hopeful along the ‘yellow brick road’!

Beth Evans

Batik Artist

Beth M. Evans began doing Batik in 1989 in Cuchara, Colorado. She began as an acrylic painter and after painting clothing she realized a love of working on cloth and learned about dyeing. She recalled making a Batik in a high school art class, melted some candles and began experimenting. It was love at first dip and soon she was using the Batik medium to create representational Batik “paintings”. Inspired by nature, travel, and intriguing color and form, wherever it is found, her subjects are varied. 

Beth finds the Batik process an endless challenge and still delights in the image gradually appearing on the cloth with each successive waxing and dyeing. Currently she is working on a pointillist technique, studying the color theory attached to the technique and adapting it for the Batik medium. Since 2012 she and her husband, Batik artist Jonathan Evans, have resided in La Veta, Colorado and operated Shalawalla Gallery, which features their Batik work and Batik classes at their studio on the premises. 

Brigitte Gustafsson

Batik Artist

I am a Swedish batik artist born in Switzerland. I have always been interested in art and painting, but my interest with batik as an art form began in 1972 when I came in contact with a Danish artist Bitten Laub whom gave me inspiration and showed me how to work with wax and dye. After that I was hooked. I have done batik ever since. 

Batik is such an interesting technique, never boring offering so many possibilities. You have an idea you can see the outcome in front of you. Yet it appears to be a new painting in every layer.

I work from light to dark building up layers of hot liquid wax resist. I use a mixture of paraffin and beeswax for my resist and use special batik brushes, Canting and Kistka’s to apply.

I have newly got introduced in Procion colours. It is a different way to work. Colours are more intense. I use both dye types and I am also trying to mix them.

Cata Espina

Batik Artist

Cata has been making Batik for more than 10 years. Three qualities of Batik conquered her:

  • Batik is an unpredictable art. The richness of textures and colours are always a surprise after removing the wax.
  • No errors. There is always the possibility of turning what could be considered a mistake into part of the composition.
  • The smell of wax in her studio.

Celia Hume

Batik Artist

I use reactive dyes on cotton fabric and apply the wax with brushes, cantings and kistkas. I discovered Batik while in lockdown and began experimenting with brusho paints I already had. I developed my working method and now use reactive dyes. I am hoping to eventually have an area of my garden dedicated to plants to create natural dyes. I recently exhibited at the ING Discerning Eye Exhibition Nov 2022, The Royal Portrait Society Annual Exhibition 2023 and The Society of Women Artists Annual Exhibition 2023. The exhibitions were held at the Royal Mall Galleries in London.

David Lucht

Batik Artist

Batik’s origins lie in fabric design and David senses a strong connection to this world of craft when he is working with wax and dyes. There is a rich history of artisanship in Batik, and David tries to bring forward that tradition of elevating the everyday, utilitarian object and use it as a support for the imagery he develops to show Batik’s potential as fine art.

In Batik, the image and the cloth become a fully integrated thing. There is no surface decoration in Batik. The image is established in the fiber of the cloth. That to David is a very powerful idea. Batik painting presents many challenges and the sense of exploration and adventure engage him as he pursues the skills required for its mastery. Batik is undiscovered territory. It has magical qualities of obscurity and revelation. The finished work is only seen in its entirety at the very end of the process, when the wax is removed and the image revealed.

Dominic Lukandwa

Batik Artist

I was in secondary school when I saw my first Batik from a local artist who had come to our school to sell his Batiks to a group of volunteers from the UK. I had been doing a lot of pencil/pen drawings from early childhood, but when I saw the colorful Batiks that the artist had displayed, I immediately fell in love with the medium. I wanted my drawings to appear like what I was seeing in the Batiks. I knew where the artist lived and I went there on the next day to ask him to teach me but he refused. I kept on going back at least to observe the process, then I started imitating what I had seen. It was the beginning of years of self teaching. Up to now I’m still learning Batik.

Ellis Singano

Batik Artist

Ellis was born on 18 January 1980 in the commercial and industrial capital  Blantyre, Malawi. The city is the country’s largest urban area and one of the  oldest in Africa. With origins tied to Scotland- including the city’s namesake;  Blantyre, Scotland. Today the city is a bustling metropolis of business and  tourism, filled with historical buildings and monuments. 

Being one of six children and a twin, Ellis found solace in art as an escape to the  busy household and the loss of his father. Today, he is revered as one of  Malawi’s best artists. The artistry is deeply rooted in the Singano  household. Ellis’ father was a well-known artist, who unfortunately, passed  away when Ellis was only fourteen years old. Prior to his father’s death, Ellis  took to art around the age of thirteen. Initially, it wasn’t encouraged by his  father due to the level of commitment it required which his father thought  would interfere with his studies. 

For 23 years that Ellis has done over 30 art exhibitions in Malawi, South Africa,  Japan, The US, Germany, France, and Spain. 

Gabrielle Lasporte

Batik Artist

Gabrielle Lasporte is a multi-disciplinary artist with over 25 years experience in the creative world.

Her artwork is most known for the use of bright rich colours, hand drawn organic shapes using nature, tropical flora, patterns and the feminine form as her muses. #artislife and life is everywhere.

From small works of art to full size installations, Gabrielle creates in a variety of mediums with a strong emphasis on batik (dyes on fabric using wax resist). She is passionate about expressing herself creatively while sharing her messages of authentic expansion, growth and creation within curated spaces.

Heather Gatt

Batik Artist

Heather Gatt lives on the North Sea coast of England. Experiments with watercolour as a teenager in the 1970’s led to her discovery of batik in a library book at age 19. Blending the two techniques Heather brushes watery washes of fibre-reactive dye onto primissima cotton, interspersing each with a layer of wax applied with tjanting or brush. Dip-dyeing is used for added texture. A long-standing member of The Batik Guild, Heather is inspired by the drama of light, especially on water.

Isabella Künzli Waller

Textile Artist

My endeavours are in a constant state of evolution, from researching natural dyes to combining  batik with other techniques such as “Ecoprint” or the Japanese technique of “Shibori”. The research for fabrics is extremely important; I like to experiment with unfamiliar natural fibres such as bamboo, hemp, nettle, but my absolute favourite one is silk. The variety of this precious  textile is impressive: light organdies combined with satin, shantung, jacquard or embossed, each  time thanks to the natural dyes, which I also grow up in my garden, I obtain beautiful special  effects. 

The quality and sensitivity in the execution of my work is enhanced through my collaboration with  the nuns at the “St. Hidegardis” Orsaminore Monastery in Orselina where I create precious batik  on silk, yarn and weaving by hand.

I am a trained fashion and fabric designer who has worked in the fashion industry internationally  for 10 years between Switzerland (Lugano / Geneva) and Hong Kong. 

Jonathan Evans

Batik Artist

Jonathan Evans has been a full time Batik artist for almost 60 years and has lived, shown and exhibited his work all over the world.

“I was lucky enough to discover Batik when I was a young man, loved it immediately, worked very hard for decades and got good at it and also managed to earn a living from it. This is surely the secret of happiness. Batik has saved my life so many times, given me so much pleasure, has defined who I am and has given me a fabulous life of freedom and adventure.”

Jonathan is currently Chairman of the Batik Guild and owns and runs the only Batik gallery in America, Shalawalla Gallery, with his wife Beth Evans.

Karamo Saidykhan

Batik Artist

I have a friend  who is a Batik artist, so I go to him from time to time to chat. Sometimes we can’t talk because they’re busy doing Batik, and when they are, I watch closely and have gained interest.
I love Batik because it’s unique, to me Batik is a very interesting art, and there is something in Batik that you cannot have in any other arts. For example, the cracks – I like that very much. The cracks make Batik art very spacial to me, I love that in Batik.

Kirsten T.O. Sheffield

Batik Artist

I am a Vancouver artist, who has lived across Canada as well as abroad.  As a result, one of my favourite things, and biggest influences, is travel!  Along with my family, I have been very fortunate to explore many corners of the world, translating my memories into Batiks! 

After years of expressing other peoples ideas through painting trompe l’oeil murals, I became eager to create something uniquely my own and this culminated in painting Batiks. The manipulation and fusion of wax, water and dye on fabric is fascinating and pushes me outside my comfort zone of crisp reality, restraining the complete control that I’m so accustomed to. I often feel like Im dancing with the devil as my dye-laden brush lingers above the wet cotton. Unlike any other medium Ive worked with, batik, particularly my painted technique, requires continuous concentration and forethought throughout the creation, and despite this increased attention, the approach forcibly loosens and softens my realism. This fluid process allows me to create uniquely organic paintings particularly suited to the interplay of light and shadow, smooth gradations of colour and reflections on water.

Kristina Trejo

Batik Artist

I first started Batiking in San Francisco, California in 1999. My mother was a Batik artist, so I grew up admiring her Batiks and was inspired to try it someday.

I first learned from books, then took classes in Belize with Batik artist Mónica Kesslar. A few years after that, I enrolled in a Batik workshop for a couple years in México city with the professor Francisco Sorensic.

I have exhibited my Batik paintings in México City, Oaxaca, Guadalajara, Ajijic, and Fresno California. 

I now live in Ajijic Jalisco México, and I have my Batik studio in my home. It is a lifelong endeavour that I never tire of. I am completely fascinated with the technique, and trying new improvised creations.

For me, it is a type of meditation that sustains me and empowers me in other areas of my life. The love of Batik has always carried me through, and I look forward to experimenting more. 

Kristine Allphin

Batik Artist

Kristine grew up in the central part of the United States in the midst of cattle, cowboys, pioneers and prairie grasses.  Her education and career path began as a commercial illustrator.  I soon found the strict requirements of product illustration affected and stifled the freedom to express..  In 2012, she began to explore a media she was first introduced to in high school; Batik.  She had no goals or aspirations other than to create. She was quickly drawn into all the creative potential of this medium. 

“Unlike the traditional art forms, the pigments and dyes I use are primary colors. Secondary and tertiary colors are created as the primary layers mix on the substrate.  As an artist, I choose the shades of yellow or blue but the batik chooses the resulting green. This process may appear limiting but within those limitations are limitless possibilities. Often like life itself, the very process requires a give and take and a relinquishing to the results without an attachment to the outcome”.

Magdalena Rybak

Batik Artist

I am a landscape architect. I Have been dealing with Batik for 13 years. I’m fascinated by the process of creating and planning the fabric itself. I like doing large works with unusual motifs. I usually show Warsaw from my point of view.

Mamadou Cissé

Batik Artist

I am Mamadou Cissé, Batik artist.  I was born in Dakar, Sénégal on the 8th  September 1966. I love batik for its infinity and magic.  I work every day, waxing, drawing and dyeing. Batik is a fantastic  and awesome art and I exhibit my work all over the world. My ideas come from my life and my imagination.

Marilyn Salomon

Batik Artist

Marilyn Salomon’s batiks are known for their intricate detail Created, using the traditional Indonesian process of drawing with hot wax, then dyeing the fabric, her works contain up to sixty dye baths.

Living in Gold Rush Country in Auburn, California, has inspired her love of Western and Native American traditions. Her creations tell the universal story of peoples connection to each other and the earth.

Marilyn has exhibited, lectured, and led workshops at museums, conferences, and universities internationally. Noteworthy: Hannover, Germany, Western Artists of America, Pearce Museum, Corcicana, Texas, Peppertree Western Show – Santa Ynez, California, Phippen Museum Miniature Masterpiece Exhibition, Prescott Arizona, National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame- Fort Worth, Texas, Caballeros Museum, Wickenberg, Arizona, Indonesian International Art Exhibition, and Botanical Gardens International Batik Exhibition, Naples, Florida. Her work is part of the permanent art collection of the city of Tempe, Arizona, Thousand Oaks, California,, and Sutter Hospital, Roseville, California.

She is represented by Thunderbird Artists in Carefree, Arizona.

Monica Sierra

Batik Artist

I am a graphic designer and have dedicated myself for a long time to working and experimenting with the wonderful technique of batik. A little self-taught and a little learning from teachers and colleagues. I have been improving my skills, to the point of encouraging myself to share, in my work, the love I feel for natural beauties of my region, for its people and its culture – an exhaustible source of my inspiration.

Muffy Clark Gill

Batik Artist

I became familiar with batik when I first visited the African country of Uganda in 1970. I saw an exhibition of batik handicrafts and was intrigued by the process and the results. I am always experimenting to create realistic paintings. Recently my batik paintings helped me earn the title of “Master Silk Painter” by Silk Painters International.

Nela Horvat

Batik Artist

Nela Horvat was born in Sarajevo, and lives and works in Subotica, Republic of Serbia. She has had 13 solo exhibitions and participated in around 300 collective juried exhibitions in the country and abroad. She is a participant in numerous art colonies and symposiums. She is a member of ArtCENTAR Belgrade, CROArt Subotica , KUD Dragutin Domjanic Zagreb Republic of Croatia and the Batik Guild, UK. Nela creates her unique works using the Batik technique.

Noel Dyrenforth

Founder of the Batik Guild

Noel Dyrenforth is an internationally renown Batik artist for his innovative work. He worked in Batik for over 50 years, teaching extensively in the UK, USA, Australia, Japan, Germany and China. His work has been featured in exhibitions worldwide and is included in national and private collections – notably the Victoria and Albert Museum, London and the national Gallery, Melbourne. He, along with his students, founded the Batik Guild in 1986. 
He had a major retrospective of his Batik work as well as ceramic sculptures at the Gibberd Gallery in Harlow in 2017. He is the Honorary President of the Batik Guild.

Olena Korolyuk

Batik Artist

I was born in western Ukraine. Today I live in a picturesque town Poltava in central Ukraine.  I’m a qualified architect. After the graduation I’ve been practicing architecture for 10 years. I’m a member of Ukrainian architects union. I started doing my first attempts in Batik while working professionally as an architect. My main work couldn’t bring me enough art freedom and creativity, which my soul required, so I moved Batik to the first place. But my speciality is very evident in my subject matter and work. The rest is all up to my innate ukrainian romanticism! Of course, first steps weren’t really easy, but soon I managed to become a professional. So for me, Batik painting is a life itself. 

I’ve been interested in Indonesian Batik for ages. But I dreamed of finding my own way, of combining some traditions of Batik with new painting methods. At the beginning, I’d been painting on cotton, but then I switched to silk. Soft and gleaming, it allows you to have more freedom in technique, it allows the paints to flow fluently into one another, creating light watercolour effects. This is exactly what I try to achieve in my paintings. 

Rhona Tooze

Batik Artist

I’ve been a batik artist since art college in 1978, teaching and exhibiting consistently since then. I love portraying Wales, with the challenge of making an image recognisable, via tone and pattern. You can never master batik, it will always surprise you.”

Rosi Robinson

Batik Artist

Overseas Representative &
Vice Chair of the Batik Guild

Batik has been my passion for over 53 years! Although, I retired from full-time teaching ten years ago, I continue to teach batik workshops and exhibit around the world. I’ve written three books about batik, demonstrated Batik on television and have exhibited my Batiks in the Far East, Europe, North America and in the UK. I’m the Overseas Representative and Vice Chair of the Batik Guild. I’m mainly a figurative batik artist.Yet, by trying to capture reflections in water in my batik paintings, I’m pushed out of my comfort zone and my work has become more abstract. Batik has defined my life. Every day Batik challenges me. One day I will master this amazing technique!

Samsuddin Abu Bakar

Batik Artist

Samsuddin lives and works in Kuala, Lumpur, Malaysia. He holds a master’s degree in textiles from Universiti Teknologi MARA. Sam has been working with Batik for over 20 years, and loves the versatility and techniques of Batik. Batik enables Sam to fulfill his creative endeavours.

Sue Rhodes-Simpson

Batik Artist

Northern England Representative of the Batik Guild

I discovered batik as a night class when I was 19 years old. I continued batiking at night school for a further 5 years, such was my  immediate love for the craft. 

I first became a member of the Batik Guild  back in 2004. I found drawing with hot wax to  be a versatile and surprising medium. I still enjoy the unexpected results revealed by this often unpredictable media. This aspect brings freedom & challenge to my ‘learned’ orderly  nature.  

Much of my inspiration comes from the  decorative arts, nature, pattern-design &  sacred-geometry. I typically work on a small scale in fine detail, with boldly contrasting  colour, shape & often with repetition. I enjoy the order in the Cosmic Universe and I like to  echo that in my work.

Susana Uribarri

Batik Artist

Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Susana Uribarri holds a bachelor’s degree from Escuela Normal Mixta de 25 de Mayo. Advertising designer, SENAC SP, Brazil. Self-taught artist and textile designer.  Teacher of textile art, printing and handmade dyeing. Curator of Textile Art projects.

She has lived in Brazil for 40 years. From a very early age she was in contact with the world of fabrics under the influence of her mother, Mabel, who was a weaver of high plain looms.

Susan D’souza

Batik Artist

I first tried batik as a textile graduate and teacher in a college over 20 years ago with a desire to introduce the basics to my own students.  I loved working with the loose fluid qualities of the molten wax and dyes on fabric from the start.  I later went on some short courses with Rosi Robinson and learnt more about the range of creative possibilities and how to work in layers.  More recently I have explored hand painting with natural dyes and like to combine batik with embroidered details.

I love the way the simple basics of batik can be understood and explored quickly by anyone but it takes a lifetime to master, something I am very definitely still working on!  It is also a very free technique yet requires control and focus. I really enjoy the process and absorption involved in creating batik work.

Vito Racanelli

Batik Artist

A grateful dynamo hailing from the Illinois-Wisconsin border, Vito moonlights as a Batik artist and practices law by trade. As an artist, he focuses on capturing and embellishing upon fascinating and evocative moments of life provided by the theatre of nature. Besides limiting his medium to Batik, Vito does not constrain his paintings to any particular styles or description.  Rather, each piece reflects an unobscured diary entry of a unique inspiration. Vito takes great inspiration from fellow writers, musicians, and Batikers, particularly his friends and mentors, Jonathan and Beth Evans. “Beware of looking for goals: look for a way of life. Decide how you want to live and then see what you can do to make a living WITHIN that way of life.” — Hunter S. Thompson

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