1966 - 1985
The Early Years
I was just fourteen, when one day my art teacher brought a library book about Batik in to school and, fascinated by the medium, we decided to have a go.
We bought fabric dyes from a local dye works and started experimenting. It turned out that we’d bought screen-printing fabric dyes by mistake. The use of these ‘wrong dyes’ has given my work its very distinctive look and I still use the same type of dyes to this day.
However, my Batik work at school was suddenly curtailed one dramatic day, when spilt wax I was working with caught fire and set light to the art room floor! The fire was quickly put out but our Batik lessons at school were banned. Luckily, I was able to persuade my long-suffering parents to let me set up a studio at home ...
It was at this low point that I gave myself a good talking to. I soon realised I'd better stop feeling sorry for myself and start making a living doing what I was best at.
When look back I see that this was when my career as a commercial Batik artist really began ....