Fiber artist Muffy Clark Gill presents her stunning portfolio, and talks about the business of being an artist.
ABI: Tell us about the techniques you use when creating your art.
MCG: I create my paintings using the ancient wax and dye resist process known as batik. Batik is practiced in many areas of the world including Africa, India, and Southeast Asia.
I like to use a Japanese style of batik known as Rozome: hot wax is applied to silk with a sheep hair brush and then Japanese style kimono dyes are pushed into the fabric using specialized badger hair and bamboo brushes. The wax is applied in layers from light to dark until the desired colors are achieved. The wax is then removed and the colors are set by steaming before being professionally framed. I also work with photography, as it is the backbone to the paintings I create in batik.
ABI: What themes inspire you most when designing?
MCG: Scenes from my travels around the world and in Florida. I especially like working on images featuring water and life that lives near the water, which are called my “Agua” series and my “Agua Vida” series respectively.
ABI: What products do you make using your images, and how do you sell them?
MCG: I have created many different products over the years and using various forms of my artwork including reproductions on tile, metal, slate, canvas, watercolor paper prints, t-shirts, pillows and purses.
My tiles have been my overall best sellers, and the purses for a brief while came in second until I started to run into a problem with sourcing my inventory. I sell them on my website. I also sell them in some local art galleries.
This fall I plan to resume selling in small local art shows, a practice I had discontinued 10 years ago when the bottom fell out of the housing market in Southwest Florida.