Helen Dougall

I paint and draw from observation, out in the open seeking the way light affects surfaces in landscape and seascapes. Back in the studio I use the medium of batik to explore cloud formations, perspective patterns across fields and the texture of stubble or ploughed fields or wet shiny beaches.

Batik is a technique of painting and drawing hot wax onto fabric to mask areas or lines so that, when the piece is immersed or painted with dye, the waxed areas resist the dye and only the unwaxed areas absorb the colour. The method involves repeating wax and dye colours, and, finally removing the wax to reveal a richness of texture.

Gallery (click to view)

Studied at The Polytechnic, Regent St. and Chelsea School of Art, followed by London University, Institute of Education. Teaching in London and later in Suffolk College of Further Education, Ipswich. Now, retired.

Forthcoming & Recent Exhibitions
9 – 23 July 2022, The Batik Guild International Exhibition, The Minerva Arts Centre, Llanidloes, Wales.
15 – 31 July, 2022 Suffolk Craft Society, The Longshed, Woodbridge.
24 September – 9 October 2022, Artworks, with batik demos on 29th September & 6th October, 2022.
26 – 28 November 2022, Walsham Arts and Craft Group, The Priory Room, Walsham le Willows.
2021 Artworks, Blackthorpe Barn
2021 Suffolk Craft Society, The Guildhall, Bury St Edmunds
2021 Walsham le Willows Arts and Crafts Group
2020 On-line exhibition, Suffolk Craft Society
In addition: The Batik Guild produces a calendar from world-wide batik artists including “Barley Fields, Walsham le Willows”, above.


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