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.


Heraldic Lion

This is a detail from the centre of a canon wheel at the Tower of London.  I did the work many years ago for the Tower of London shop, where they sold paperweights of the image.  Recently I made a light -box for it - and now it is transformed!

Batik has a lot of the visual qualities of stained glass when it is back-lit, due to the wax in the fabric making the work translucent.  This formal heraldic piece 'Heraldic Lion' (16" square inc frame) has a real look of a stained glass panel and is on display FOR SALE in the Gallery for £150

Scottish Seascape


I did this sea study following a wonderful holiday on the Isle of Mull.  I worked freely with a wide brush, using several different colours for the sea.  This view is looking across to Jura and the purple haze of the distant hills, with the early morning clouds rolling in.

The original Batik 'Scottish Seascape' is framed and back-lit (19"x15" inc frame) and is FOR SALE in the Summer Exhibition for £250

Charlie




My beautiful Border Collie, Charlie makes a perfect subject to explain the various stages of 'How to do Batik'.









I use these step-by-step examples to help explain the process to the visitors to the Gallery.
The finished Batik, 'Charlie' is framed and back-lit and FOR SALE in my Gallery for £150






STAGE ONE  First I make a simple line drawing of Charlie from a photo I took and transfer it to a piece of white cotton cloth (I use fine Egyptian cotton).













STAGE TWO  Using hot wax, I protect the parts of the design that I want to keep white and dye the whole cloth grey.  The wax acts as a resist to the dyes.








STAGE THREE  Now I wax in all the stones of the drystone wall and then dye the whole cloth green, for the grass.  In Batik, each colour goes on top of the one before and so is altered by that colour.  Working out your colour sequence is the tricky bit but for this example I have purposely chosen to use a simple sequence simple of only three colours.



STAGE FOUR  Having waxed in all the grass, the cloth is now almost entirely covered in wax.  The only unwaxed areas are now dyed black, the final colour.  I crack the wax on the grass area to let the black dye go into the fine cracks, creating a marbling effect, which is so characteristic of Batik.  I crack the wax of the sky and paint blue dye over the fine cracks for added texture.

STAGE FIVE  Most of the wax is now scraped off and the rest ironed between sheets of absorbent paper.  The heat of the iron 'fixes' the dyes and the wax which has penetrated the cloth makes the finished painting translucent, like stained glass.  Back-lighting the finished work brings out the vibrancy and depth of colour enhanced by the wax.

Click here for more on 'How to do Batik'








Elephants

This Batik 'Elephant & Child' was completed just in time to be used as the image on all the publicity for this year's Summer Exhibition and was the study for the 'Elephants' lampshade below. It is framed and back-lit (12"x16" inc. frame) and is FOR SALE in the Gallery for £250.  If you are interested in buying it, just send me an email and we can discuss p&p.










The 'Elephants' lampshade (8"high x 12" diameter) is the centrepiece for my Summer Exhibition.  It is a commission from a good customer of mine, who left her beautiful marble base with me, so I could match the colours to it.







 The elephants travel all around the lampshade ....






 ..... mothers with their babies






altogether a lively scene.





I am really delighted with the result of what was several weeks' work and I hope she likes it when she sees it!

It has inspired me to think about more 'wildlife' lampshade subjects, like zebras, penguins, tigers or lions - all ideas buzzing round in my head!

This 'Elephants' lampshade is SOLD but if you would like to commission one similar, email me to discuss prices, colours and available sizes.

Art Nouveau Lilies









This is one of a series of Art Nouveau inspired Batiks.  I love the natural forms and the whiplash curves of the Art Nouveau style.

This panel, framed and back-lit (12"x8" inc frame) is now SOLD















I have developed the same 'Lilies' design on a lampshade which is currently FOR SALE in my Gallery for.£175 

If you are interested in buying the 'Art Nouveau Lilies' lampshade, email me.  I can post it to you if you want, just ask for a quote for p&p.

Wolf and Moon





This commissioned Batik painting is going to Nova Scotia.  I was working on it in February in all that cold weather but can only show it to you now as it was commissioned as a surprise and has only just been collected from the Gallery.  I'm glad to say they seemed to be delighted with the finished piece which was framed and back-lit.  The back-lighting was particularly effective, showing the eery moonlight on the silver birch trees.

My Venice Lampshades finished at last!


These two very large 12'' diameter x 12"high Venice lampshades are finished at long last.  Here they are photographed flat, before I put them onto their frames and they took up the whole of my light table.





This a detail from one of the mirrored pair showing the use of crackle texture in the ancient stones and the palette of 'Venetian' colours I have developed over many years










I made them for myself and now they are now on show in my sitting room.  They represent weeks of work and wouldn't be commercially viable to do this size for anyone else - but I love them!

Back to Work!

Well, it's back to work despite the cold ....

.... these chilly, dark winter days have a distinct pattern for me.  Each morning, I light the stove in the studio and while it warms up, I do my domestic chores.  By the early afternoon, dressed in many layers from my merino wool long johns outwards, it's hopefully warm enough up there to start work .  I always say that the wax cracks better in the winter but it is a still good idea for the temperature to be high enough so I can feel my fingers!

It's hard to motivate myself to get back to work after a break but this year I have a commission to complete.  As so often happens, I can't tell you what it is yet as it is to be a surprise gift but progress is good and I can report that the Batik is drawn on the cloth and the first colour is on.  Ironically, the design I have been asked to do features lots of snow!  Brrr ...




At the same time as doing the commissioned work, I am working on a pair of 'Venice' lampshades for myself - those I will be able show you as they progress.



I have now completed the waxing of the stonework and have applied a colour wash to each panel, in my favourite 'Venice' colours

Following the rather too successful Summer and Christmas Gallery shows, there is not a single lampshade left in my house - just bare lightbulbs on lampbases!