Oxford Summer School

Jenny O'Leary

Jenny is a textile artist and tutor living and working in Oswestry, Shropshire on the border with Wales. Her work is inspired by the landscape of Shropshire, it's colours, patterns textures and shapes. Rolling landscapes, clumps of trees perched on hills, ploughed fields and the changing of the seasons. Through her textile art she aims to bring out feelings about what is around her rather than being a true representation of any one place. She works predominately in batik(hot wax resist) on tissue paper and on fabric, often combining it with machine embroidery adding a drawn element to her work.

Jenny has always loved the technique of batik, layering hot wax and dyes onto fabric and paper. She has developed her own technique of batik on tissue over the last seventeen years where she paints inks and dyes on to the surface, using bleach to remove colour which adds another exciting dimension to the process. She is constantly exploring new ways of using the technique, collaging papers first to batik on to, creating batik papers to collage with, stitching on to completed batiks, applying tissue to canvas to batik on to, creating books from her batiked papers. Her workshops based on different themes inspire her to push her ideas further. Jenny’s work has been published in WOWbook 5 as well as various textile magazines.

Jenny offers talks, courses and workshops in Shropshire and around the UK. She is a member of The Shropshire Guild of Contemporary Crafts and The Batik Guild.

Courses A-Z Tutor Start Date Days Cost
Batik inspired by John Piper Jenny O'Leary Tue 6th Aug 2 £120
Batik inspired by Plants and Seedpods Jenny O'Leary Thu 8th Aug 2 £120
Batik on Tissue inspired by Trees Jenny O'Leary Sat 10th Aug 1 £60

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