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I have been a modern batik artist for most of my adult life. This is the medium that unlocks my creativity and continues to thrill and challenge me. I have worked and trained with artists in both Ghana and Indonesia, exchanging skills and collaborating on batiks.
The process of batik involves making fine lines and brush strokes on cotton or silk with hot fluid wax, the consistency of runny honey, using an indonesian tool called a tjanting. The wax marks soak into the fabric and harden quickly, creating a barrier to the natural dyes that are later applied on top of the fabric with a soft brush. Layer upon layer of wax goes on layer upon layer of colour
From the beginning I saw how my artworks could be adapted to the world of design in many different ways. In recent years I have collaborated with numerous designers and architects. In these projects my original batiks have been printed and glazed onto an array of surfaces from canvas to voiles to glass. I also work closely with skilled weavers in Nepal and India creating bespoke hand woven rugs inspired by and created from my original artworks.
The next natural step was to transform my artworks into a broad range of designs for homeware and apparel. Over the last few years I am proud to have established successful relationships with selected wholesalers and retail partners.
My original source of inspiration, batik, remains the same. Translating it from pure art to the world outside is my passion.
My creative journey arrives full circle with ‘art for living’.
The Annie Phillips art for living brand generates design ideas by taking inspiration from the Annie Phillips archive of original artworks. Artworks are reinvented to create compositions that dance and move across a surface. Space and pattern are imaginatively interwoven to compliment each other.
This process is a cocktail of the ancient craft of batik, modern technology and the passionate use of colour, pattern and form. The desire is to create surface decoration that is both uplifting and playful and where the finished result is a ‘little piece of art for everyday living’.