Oxford Summer School

Batik inspired by John Piper

Tuesday 6th August 2024 for 2 days — Cost: £120

Tutor: Jenny O'Leary

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The artist John Piper created atmospheric images of the English landscape and its architecture. Using his work as inspiration we will use the technique of batik – hot wax resist on different surfaces. On day one we will work on tissue paper and found papers  with bleach and inks to create marks, textures and effects inspired by the artist’s work.

On the second day we will explore the similarities and different reactions when combining inks and wax onto fabric. Vintage white or light fabrics can give surprising results and small pieces can be collaged together before adding wax and inks. You will also experiment using other forms of resist such as oil pastels, and stencils with the hot wax.

An exciting course allowing for exploration and discovery. You will create a number of samples during the workshop and while they are designed to be stand alone pieces you could also spend time making backgrounds for further development with stitch after the workshop.

Materials to Bring:

  • Architectural & landscape images for inspiration
  • John Piper images of landscape & architecture for inspiration
  • Pritt type glue stick
  • Hairdryer
  • Apron
  • Scissors
  • White or light paper such as handmade papers, old book pages etc. up to A4
  • White or light cotton fabric, vintage or pre-used is ideal A4-A3 plus a few scraps of textured fabrics, i.e. lace, muslin

  • Stretched canvas up to A3 (optional)

Materials Cost:

Jenny will provide cartridge paper, tissue paper, wax, inks, oil pastels, candles, pva, use of  all tools and equipment  at a cost of £8 per person. 

She will have some books of John Pipers work for inspiration too.