Pete Winstanley

Batiks by Pete Winstanley

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Pete Winstanley was born in Surrey in 1950 and was taught the technique of batik when he was 15 by his brother, who learnt it in Africa.

In 1977 he moved to Durham where he shared a studio with Richard Sharland, watercolour artist, and Roger Lee, maker of early keyboard instruments. He later worked at Castle Chare Arts Centre in Durham City, and now works from home. His batiks have been widely exhibited throughout the North East, and much of his work is inspired by the landscape of Northern England.

He is also inspired by the fascinating opportunities offered by the medium of batik itself. This is an ancient craft, and the country which is probably most famous for batik work is Java. However, the craft has been practised for centuries in many other parts of the world, including Africa, India, China and the Middle East.

The process involves applying molten wax to cloth, which is then dyed with cold dye. The waxed areas are waterproof and resist the dye. The process may be repeated to build up a more complex picture, and the wax is finally removed, usually with boiling water.  Batik is not a printing process – each piece is a unique work of art.

One distinctive feature of batik is the “marbled” effect, achieved by randomly cracking the waxed cloth so that dye penetrates the cracks. Batik is also very versatile as it is washable, and may therefore be used for clothing, roller blinds, screens, etc.

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