Kibworth Art Lovers' Society
At our October meeting Andrew Wynne from Market Harborough gave a fascinating talk on his life as an artist in batik, and teacher of wall-hung mosaics. Fabrics dyed using wax resist techniques have been introduced from Indonesia and spread to Africa and the West via the Silk Road; the name comes from the Dutch word ‘tik’ for drops of light. Beeswax is the most common wax, although some synthetics are also used, on cotton, silk or crepe de chine. His work features traditional flowers, scenes or people, collages, or abstract and experimental subjects.
Andrew has been a further education tutor for 30 years, and teaches at workshops for mental health patients, and in primary and secondary schools up and down the country from Morpeth to the New Forest. His mosaics, prepared beforehand, involve meticulous planning and discussions with the schools with which he works. Installations for schools can be put outdoors when they are completed, as a reminder for the children who made them.
Yet another creative strand to Andrew’s work is his growing interest in photography of landscapes, street scenes and architecture. In more recent work in landscapes, rocks were laid out on a sandy beach in a spiral; he has also made columns of rocks that are held in place purely by balance, either freestanding or against trees. They are recorded in photos for posterity, as sometimes they have to be dismantled for the safety of passers-by. Finally, he gave a demonstration of printing on silk, created by spreading ink on acrylic sheets and making abstract marks. Members were lucky enough to have a go at this technique, and take home a reminder of this inspiring talk.
The next meeting will be on Tuesday 27 November at 7.30pm in St Wilfrid’s Church Hall, Kibworth, when Danielle and Roger Bradley will talk on Living with Photography. Visitors and new members are welcome.