The Batik Art of Mary Edna Fraser
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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"Mary Edna's inspiration garnered from other historical artists is refreshing and informative. The descriptions of her batik process are clear and informative and can take the budding batik artist into greater competency. Then there is the inspiration of the mission, giving her art a greater purpose: to educate and inform us about what is happening to our barrier islands all over the world."—Joanna White, Fiber Vision Studio
"A behind the scenes look at the artist at work, The Batik Art of Mary Edna Fraser is an all-encompassing book that celebrates the art and life of Mary Edna Fraser. Cecelia Dailey illuminates who and what has influenced Fraser over the span of her brilliant career. Fraser's ability to evolve and absorb new influences and technology is part of her genius."—Marjory Wentworth, South Carolina poet laureate
"Fraser's batik-born vistas of our waterways, coastlines, glaciers and icebergs from the region and beyond are equally inviting in book form, and all the more so with commentary on the artist's journey by writer Cecelia Dailey."—The Post & Courier (Charleston)
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