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.


Art Nouveau Panel






I'm working towards making a new lampshade based on this Art Nouveau design.  These colours are a combination I haven't used before, so I did this little panel as a try-out.  To get the terracotta brown, I put bright orange dye on top of the blue/grey and it worked!













I absolutely love Art Nouveau especially the flowing whiplash lines of the early designs.  This design I have adapted, is from a brass jug I have which was made by J Sankey in the early 1900s.  I collect anything I can afford of the period and if each piece I buy inspires me to do some new work, then I can sell it and buy more original Art Nouveau! That's the plan anyway!






I really liked the rough border where I had been testing the colours while I was working, so I decided to mount ithe finished original onto a white cotton background and frame it complete.  The 'Art Nouveau Panel' is FOR SALE in my Gallery (16"x12 inc frame) for £125.  Let me know by email if you are interested in buying it, or would like to commission a lampshade featuring the design.

Snowdrops






With winter fast approaching and rain coming down by the bucket load, I seem drawn (maybe not so surprisingly) towards doing designs of spring flowers!  I must be in denial about the winter thing!








This is a detail taken from my latest piece of work, another lampshade, this time Snowdrops. To get them to appear to be nodding in the wind, I've used textured brush work in the waxing for the background, laying the wax on one brush full at a time and letting the wax cool before putting another brush full down.  I have worked the dark green dye into the tiny gaps where one brush full meets the next creating a lively, busy, 'moving' texture as a backdrop to the snowdrops.








The finished lampshade (8" tall x 8"diameter) is now SOLD.
Amazingly the sun came out so I photographed it in the garden - although it should be in the snow really ....













.....and here it is lit up.
Let me know if you would like to commission a little Snowdrops framed original or lampshade.  I would be happy to discuss sizes, prices and timing, just email.

Tulips

Inspired by an Arts & Crafts jug I recently bought, I have just finished this 'Tulips' design lampshade.  I love everything about the whole Art & Crafts/Art Nouveau style with its flowing shapes and natural forms.

William Morris said it all when he said "Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful"  The lampshades when lit are of course both useful and I hope, believed beautiful.  When lit, they show the Batik work at its best and should be valued as a work of art just as a framed painting would be.


This is what a lampshade design looks like before it is put on the lampshade frame.  The actual work is quite big - over 32' wide and takes about a week to complete!

The design on the jug which I adapted for the lampshade is typical of the Arts & Crafts style.







The finished 'Tulips' lampshade (10"tall x10"diameter) is now SOLD in my Gallery for £150 (shade only).  If you are interested in commissioning a handmade Batik lampshade of this design to be made for you, just send me an email.









I made a small study of the 'Tulip' design (13" x 11" inc frame), so I could work out the colours before embarking on the lampshade.

'Tulip' is framed and FOR SALE in the Gallery for £75.  A  custom-made light-box could be made for it for an additional £45