The Batik Art of Mary Edna Fraser
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A lavishly illustrated guide to the work and technique of the internationally renowned artist

Mary Edna Fraser has taken the art of batik to otherworldly heights. An internationally renowned artist, Fraser has had works grace galleries, museums, and public buildings throughout the United States—creating wonder, awe, and an awareness of the environment around us as few artists have had the talent and vision to manage.

Using fabric, wax, and dye, Fraser has transformed the techniques of batik from its ancient origins and forged new panoramas and vistas of our unique planet from the sky above us to the ground beneath our feet, and even down to the evocative landscapes that sprawl across the ocean floor. These images not only astonish us with their allure; they also remind of us of our place in the world and our responsibility to respect and care for it.

Part history and guide to the challenging techniques of this form, The Batik Art of Edna Fraser affords not only a full-color introduction to Fraser's stunning perceptions of the glaciers, icebergs, coastlines, atmospheres, mountains, and rivers that grace our globe, but gives us an intimate look at the artist at work and the philosophies that guide her singular imagination as well.

Bold, beautiful, thoughtful, and always visceral, Fraser's art invites us outside to see with new eyes the horizons that surround us—and inside to see ourselves in our inextricable connection with the land, the seas, the skies, the earth, as we are woven together as one in the fabric of our existence on this, our home, the vibrant blue planet hurtling through space and time.



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Date de parution 18 juin 2019
Nombre de lectures 0
EAN13 9781611179439
Langue English
Poids de l'ouvrage 24 Mo

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2019 University of South Carolina
Published by the University of South Carolina Press
Columbia, South Carolina 29208
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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data can be found at
ISBN 978-1-61117-941-5 (cloth)
ISBN 978-1-61117-942-2 (paperback)
ISBN 978-1-61117-943-9 (ebook)
FRONTISPIECE Oak Island , detail, batik on silk, 108 72 , 2009.
Front cover illustration: Edingsville. Batik on Silk, 2009
What Is Batik? Self-Portrait
Inspiration and Influences
Tools of Batik
Studio Setup
Preparing the Silk
Kimono Silks
Over the Citadel
Homage to Hokusai II
Hobcaw Barony
Oak Island and Edingsville
Global Perception
Above Mobile Bay
Health and Safety
Batik Supplies
Procion MX Dye Recipe
Basic Steps for Making a Batik
Batik Supply Resources

Her medium is batik-silk cloth colored by hand using a modern variation of an ancient method of dyeing textiles.
Smithsonian National Air Space Museum, Aerial Inspirations: Silk Batiks by Mary Edna Fraser, wall text
Mary Edna Fraser encouraged me, her assistant for a decade, to write a book about her process for students and collectors. This text is a guide to the breadth of techniques and styles that have brought her critical acclaim creating large-scale batiks on silk. We had many conversations around the lunch table in the kitchen as I took notes for the quotations from Mary Edna. Her editing and guidance were paramount to the creation of this book. She urged the production of a glossary and I read every art book in her library. I have worked alongside her on a daily basis, and I hope that my insight will bring the reader both instruction and inspiration. The technical information presented here is essential to batik artists using silk and other fabrics. It is also valuable to silk painters using Procion MX or other dyes, those working with installations, others experimenting with resist techniques, and watercolorists layering translucent paints on paper. Historians and patrons too will appreciate this retrospective.
All process photographs were taken by Cecelia Dailey unless noted. Other photographers included Claude Burkhead III, Chase Cribb, Rick McKee, Timothy Pakron, Carolyn Russo, and Mary Edna Fraser. All final images of batiks were taken by Rick Rhodes and color corrected by Tim Steele.
Thank you to Mary Edna s patrons whose batiks are featured in this book. They support her life as an artist and generously lend their artworks for museum exhibitions.
Charleston International Airport, Charleston Waterways
Charleston Visitor Center, Charleston Coastline
College of Charleston, School of Languages, Cultures and World Affairs
Corporation Service Company (CSC), Global Perception and Slice of South Carolina
Emory University, Lullwater Aerial Garden
Ann Yokley Graves, Waterway
GulfQuest, National Maritime Museum of the Gulf of Mexico, Above Mobile Bay
Martin Harwit, Mississippi River Delta
Catrin Hesse, Backwater
Katherine and David, Moonlit Chrysanthemums
Family of Chris Lorusso, Morris Island
Margaret and Robert Minis, McQueen Inlet
Richard Owens, James Island Creek
Palmetto Bluff, May River
Susan Pearlstine, Chadwick I
Mindelle Seltzer, Edingsville Beach and Edingsville Beach
Phylis and David Sharpe, Homage to Hokusai
Philip Simmons Foundation, Salt Water Branches
Mary Lou Stevenson, Kilimanjaro
Martha Ann and Lee Stuckey, Ibis Sanctuary
Alice Timmons, Shifting Sands
Paul and Sybil Trevisan, Oak Island
Jane Scott Young, Spring of 1994
Conrad Zimmerman, ACE Basin

Mary Edna Fraser photographing barrier islands with her Nikon FM-2 from her family s 1946 Ercoupe. Photograph by Claude Burkhead III.

McQueen Inlet . Batik on silk, 29 64 , 1981. Photographing from the open cockpit of my family s vintage plane, wind in my face translates to batiks on silk, distilling the adventure into art. Expansive vistas become meditative prayers for the planet in the studio, Mary Edna has written.
Flying over the Sea Islands of Georgia in 1980, Mary Edna Fraser took 35mm slides that would first become designs for large-scale art from the aerial perspective. Depictions of complex patterns of the coast have become her signature in her use of modern synthetic dyes on silk in the ancient medium of batik. Teaming with scientists, Mary Edna is motivated to illustrate threatened landscapes to create a legacy of lasting change. She uses her work to show the vulnerability of our world and rejoice in the wonder of nature.
Adventures-whether on land, sea, or air-inspire her content. Transcending the traditions of batik drives her progress as an artist. She explained, Making a new batik is like jumping off a diving board. It s an exploration of the medium whether color, technique or scale.
Growing up flying in the family s vintage 1946 Ercoupe out of Fayetteville, North Carolina, with her father or brother Burke as pilot, she has flown and extensively photographed her aerial backyard -as she calls the seaboard from Virginia to Florida. Experience in flying various aircraft with an instructor allows her to set up compositions. She captures compelling organizations of moving land and water revealed only by altitude.

Nile Delta Desert Islands . Batik on silk, 52 36 , 1999. Based on an infrared film image provided by Dr. Dan Stanley at the Smithsonian Institution s National Museum of Natural History, from his 1998 paper on the Nile Delta, published in the Journal of Coastal Research .

Venice, Italy . Batik on silk, 61 47 , 2000. Cover of A Celebration of the World s Barrier Islands , Columbia University Press, 2003. Mary Edna described her travel that inspired this work: On the evenings when we were in Venice, the San Marcos plaza became a shallow lake as the high tides washed over the Grand Canal and flooded through the storm drains. Day trips to the surrounding barrier islands, navigational charts, and satellite images combine to make this batik.

Mary Edna and her brother Burke. Photograph by Chase Cribb, 2011.

35mm aerial photograph from 1983 by Mary Edna Fraser. Orrin Pilkey recognized the beach as the former location of the town of Edingsville, destroyed by the Sea Islands hurricane of 1893.
As the technology of visual representations has changed, so has Mary Edna. She was a member of the first generation to have fast film that makes clear aerial images possible, and she then saw advancements in digital, satellite, and space imaging and the effect of Google Earth on mapmaking. Today she shoots with a Nikon D90 and an iPhone. Decades of excursions and ground-truthing the locations she translates to batik on silk have led to pioneering educational exhibitions, and her voice has a global reach. Geology, maps, and charts are studied and referenced. Collaborating with scientists has brought images her way, such as early NASA deep space photographs, and her art has been used by scientists to create compelling visual displays.
Her batiks educate a broad audience through her collaborations. For example, Orrin H. Pilkey, Duke professor emeritus of geology, and Fraser came together in their mutual appreciation and concern for barrier islands and beaches. Their first meeting was in 1993 when Mary Edna accompanied Pilkey on a Duke research vessel to Cape Lookout National Seashore, North Carolina, with students. Her first task for Pilkey was to photograph the Outer Banks, and she has been supplying him with aerial imagery since then. Their exhibition Our Expanding Oceans has traveled to Ithaca, New York; Raleigh, North Carolina; and Washington, D.C., with the complementary text Global Climate Change and Pilkey s commentary on threats that face coastal people who are now experiencing sea level rise and global warming. Their first book was A Celebration of the World s Barrier Islands (Columbia University Press, 2003).
Showing a huge range of landscapes found in nature-the terrestrial, terraqueous, mountainous, heavenly, oceanic-Mary Edna visually relates patterns of geographic formations across varying fields of scientific study. The Duke University biologist Cindy Lee Van Dover took Mary Edna to the deep sea, after which Fraser illustrated volcanoes found on the seafloor off the coast of Barbados. The planetary geologist Ted Maxwell provided text for her exhibition titled Mapping the Planets in Silk and Sound , with music by the composer Mark Mercury. The work with these scientists came together in Fraser s newest exhibition, Above, Between, Below .

Edingsville . Batik on silk, 80 34.875 , 2009.

Above, Between, Below at the City Gallery at Waterfront Park, Charleston, S.C., 2015. The bottoms of the batiks were secured in metal U-shaped beams to accommodate the low ceilings of the space.

Installation of the exhibition Above, Between, Below at the City Gallery at Waterfront Park, Charleston, S.C., 2015. The central atrium held the largest silks, draped as swales.

Exhibition at the National Air and Space Museum, 1992. Photograph by Smithsonian Institution.
Mary Edna was introduced to batik while double majoring in clothing and textil

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