Gladstone’s Library – making the Batik
In September 2011 I was commissioned to do a major architectural work of Gladstone’s Library in Hawarden, Flintshire. Originally I was asked to do the exterior, but once I was shown the vaulted wooden library itself I was blown away by its stunning beauty. I decided then and there that I would challenge myself to create a portrait of the amazing interior.
Many times in the days and weeks that followed I thought maybe the task was impossible to achieve in Batik but I like a challenge and I was very determined not to give up.
The wax remaining in the fibres of the cloth after ironing makes the piece translucent, so when you light it from behind it shows the vibrancy and depth of colour like in a stained glass window.