Welcome to the Buffy Robinson website. Here you can see the largest ever collection of my Batik work. My canalside Gallery in Shropshire is open by appointment, so please email me if you would like to arrange a visit and I would be happy to show you around.


Gladstone's Library


In September 2011 I was commissioned to do this major architectural work of the interior of Gladstone's Library in Hawarden Flintshire - well actually, originally I was commissioned to do the exterior but once I had seen the beautiful vaulted wooden interior, I rashly said "yes, I would like to do that!".  Many times in the days and weeks that followed I thought maybe the task was impossible to achieve in Batik but I like a challenge and I was very determined not to give up.

Detail from the Batik showing the statue of Gladstone


Each bookcase - and there were a great many, I treated as separate 'mini' Batiks with their own colour scheme.
I wanted the books to be the 'stars of the show' so I used strong bright colours for them as a contrast to the gentle browns I had used for the wood.

One of my favourite bits of the whole thing was the beautiful carved vaulted roof.  I cracked the wax on the old beams before applying the last colour (black) to give the effect of age.


Without a doubt it is by far the largest (4' wide x 3' high) and most complicated piece I have attempted since the ones I did of Somerset House and The Banqueting House.  The drawing alone took me over a week to complete, which then had to be transferred onto the cloth before any waxing could begin.

1st stage was to draw the design in pencil onto the fine Egyptian cotton cloth

Here it is after all the colour layers are on and waxed.  The only areas of cloth not waxed are the ones to be dyed black - the last colour.

The final stage was to scrape off all the surface wax and iron out the rest, to reveal the finished Batik.  The wax which remains in the fibres of the cloth makes the piocture translucent, so when you light it from behind it shows the vibrancy and depth of colour like in a stained glass window.



Over a month later, and after several sleepless nights trying to work out the best colour combinations, the Batik was finished.  While I was working on it, my children used to ring up and ask how the 'masterpiece' was coming on.  The interior of Gladstone's Library is stunning.  It was designed by John Douglas and opened in 1902 as a memorial to Gladstone and to house his vast collection of books.  It is said that John Douglas also referred to the library as his 'masterpiece'.

The finished work is on display, back-lit in the dining room of Gladstone's Library where not only can you sit and admire it, but you can get a really good lunch!

On May 22nd 2012 we had the official  unveiling of the picture, combined with the opening of the 'Robinson Room' which holds the complete collection of books belonging to my father, the late Bishop John Robinson (of 'Honest to God' fame).  It makes me ridiculously proud, as the least intellectual and least godly of all his children,  to have my work on display in the same place as his.



The Library is open to the public and visitors to Gladstone's Library can buy a range of products featuring the original Batik.

The Change Bridge



I live beside a canal and I love narrowboating and all things waterways.  A change bridge is one where the towpath swaps sides and the horse can walk up and over the bridge to the opposite towpath without the boatman having to detach the rope.  This bridge is on the Macclesfield Canal.







The original Batik 'The Change Bridge' is double mounted, framed (28"x24" inc frame) and back-lit with it's own custom made light-box.  It is now SOLD 













'The Change Bridge' design is also available in cards,  paperweights and gift tags - click here for prices then just email me with your order

Sheep in the Dales

'Sheep in the Dales'

This was my first ever lampshade design, done when I lived in the Ribble Valley in Lancashire and my mum lived in Arncliffe in the Yorkshire Dales where often I spent weekends.  It is still one of my most popular.  I just love the dry stone walls of the north of England which work so well in Batik.  I used to try my hand at building them myself until I wrecked my back!  Now I only have to wax each stone to build a good wall.

The handmade Batik 'Sheep in the Dales' lampshade (10"wide x7"high) is now SOLD but I could make you one similar for £150 (shade only).

Email me if you would like me to make you one.

Cat in the Moonlight


Original Batik 'Cat in the Moonlight'

Many years ago, as she was setting off for school one morning my small daughter said to me "The trouble with Batik is that you couldn't do a black cat at night could you mum?"  This came from my explanation to her earlier that in Batik, black is the last colour to go on and can only go on the parts of the picture not covered by wax.  Her thought was that a Batik of a black cat at night would not have any wax on at all and would in fact be just a black piece of cloth.  Well, I always like a challenge, so a week later I called her into the studio to see what I had done.  'Cat in the Moonlight', which happened as a result of all this, has been my best-selling design of all time for cards, prints, paperweights and bookmarks.

The original 'Cat in the Moonlight' is still in my Gallery in Shropshire, framed and backlit (66mm x 73mm inc frame) and marked 'Not for Sale' (I once turned down £2500!).  You know how sometimes you do something and when you stand back and look at it, you think 'Did I really do that?'  This picture happened by that sort of 'magic' and it's always been very special to me.

I do however have it available in 6x4 cards, paperweights, bookmarks and gift tags, click here for prices then email me with your order.


Gentian


For the flower designs I always use very high quality Egyptian cotton to work on.  This produces the delicate detail and enables the fine crackle backgrounds.  The marbled crackle effect, so typical of Batik, is created by cracking the wax and then applying dye and working it into the cracks. The finer the cotton, the more delicate I can get the cracks.


The original Batik 'Gentian' is framed (33mm x 34mm inc frame)  and FOR SALE in my Gallery in Shropshire for £95


Original Batik lampshade 'Gentian' (8"x8") SOLD 

I can make you a handmade Batik 'Gentian' lampshade similar to this one, to commission.  Prices for this design and other flower designs start from £95.

Email me if you would like one.


The 'Gentian' design is also available as 7x5 cards and signed prints, paperweights, bookmarks and gift tags, click here for prices then email me with your order.

Arncliffe in Littondale


Original Batik lampshade 'Arncliffe in Littondale' 

This is of Arncliffe in Littondale in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales where my mother lived for over 30 years and I have spent much happy time.  This original handmade Batik lampshade 'Arncliffe in Littondale' (10" high by 10"dia)  is now SOLD.


2CV Summer Picnic

Original Batik '2CV Summer Picnic' NFS

This was my daughter's most beloved car until one day someone crashed into it outside her house one night.  I painted this for her as a fitting memorial to a much loved friend.  She lives on the south coast and I thought a happy picnic on the downs would be suitably nostalgic!

7"x5" card
incorporating a printed Batik mounted border - making it ideal for framing.

Although the original Batik '2CV Summer Picnic' is not for sale I can still supply this image in 7x5 cards and paperweights, click here for prices then email me with your order.

Of course, you could always commission me do a Batik of your car/house/boat etc!
Email me if you are interested.

Roundabout Horses


I have made these handmade Batik 'Roundabout Horses' lampshades (7" tall x 10"diameter) for my nephews and nieces when they were born and several of my friends' babies too.  With a low wattage bulb, they make a lovely soft light that you can leave on all night in the nursery.  They make a great and really original Christening present which can be passed on down to their own children.  This one is FOR SALE in my Gallery for £150.

Email me if you are interested in buying it.  I can post it to you - just ask for a quote for P&P

Whalley Arches

I lived for 20 years in Whalley in the lovely Ribble Valley in Lancashire which inspired so much of my early work.  This was the view down the valley from my garden.  Every now and again on a Sunday, steam trains would go across.  This one is a 'double header' - no doubt a steam enthusiast can tell me what type of locos they are!

I can supply the image on 6x4 cards and paperweights, click here for prices then email your order to me.

6"x4" greetings card with envelope £2.50 each (inc postage to UK)