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.

Conservatory Cats

I always wanted a conservatory.  Frustrated that building one on my house at the time wasn't going to be possible, I decided to paint one instead.  The idea started after seeing the work of, and meeting fellow Batik artist Rosi Robinson (no relation!) in the late eighties at a Batik Guild gathering.  She had done an amazing Batik of a greenhouse in which the glass seemed really see-through, not at all easy in Batik.  The dyes I use are not the standard ones that most Batik artists use.  They are a screen printing  pigment dye, painted on rather that dipped.  I decided to experiment and use this to my advantage.  I waxed the main structure of the conservatory when the wax was hot and it went right through the cloth.  Then, using a broad brush I waxed the glass with the wax cooling.  This meant that the front of the cloth was protected from further dyeings but on the back, where in places the wax had not penetrated, I could dye with light grey to get the glass effect.  As I always work on a light table, I could see how it was going to look when back-lit.  I have used this technique ever since in my work.

The original Batik now hangs back-lit in my conservatory here in Shropshire.  Yes - my dream conservatory was one of the first things we had built when we moved down here from Lancashire!

Although the 'Cats in the Conservatory' Batik original is NOT FOR SALE, I have bookmarks, paperweights and gift tags all featuring the Conservatory Cats.  If you would like to buy some, click here for product prices and then email me with your order.

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