April 18, 2024


Yo Quiero Techno

Featured Artist Heather Cohen | Artsy Shark

3 min read
painted batik shawl

Textile artist Heather Cohen works by using distinct painting approaches to make boldly colorful patterned wearable artwork. See far more of her selection by checking out her web site.


handpainted shawl with batik and shibori

Silk Patchwork Shibori & Batik Wrap, hand painted wearable fiber


I am a textile designer and artist with in excess of 4 decades of design and style knowledge, at this time residing in North Carolina.


Hand painted linen jacket

Linen Jacket, hand painted wearable fiber


I am at first from a compact city named Bulawayo in Zimbabwe. From a very younger age I was affected by my aunt, a nicely-identified batik and stained glass artist. I expended numerous hrs in her studio discovering about design and style and the different strategies applied in fabric painting. It was throughout that time that my aunt identified my capability with regard to comprehension coloration and layout.


batik hand painted shawl

Blue Mobius Batik, hand painted wearable fiber


Rising up in Africa had and continues to have a powerful influence in my color palettes and vogue concepts.


hand painted patterned triangle shawl

Patchwork Triangular Shawl with Burnout Border, hand painted wearable fiber


After receiving a Great Art diploma specializing in Textile Layout and Colour Theory at The Ruth Prowse University of Art in Cape City, South Africa, I commenced my vocation as a stylist and designer at a effectively-revered fabric organization in Southern California. Component of my work was to vacation to Europe for study and design and style enhancement. I assisted in the creation of trend ahead material prints and fabric sorts.


Shibori painted wearable art

Shibori Cotton-Flannel Cape, hand painted wearable fiber


Right after 6 several years of doing work for them, I resolved I wanted to turn into a freelance artist, designing for lots of diverse companies. At some point, I made a decision to create my possess line of hand-painted garments. By means of seven nationwide style reps, my outfits line was marketed to boutiques across the place.


painted batik shawl

Tribal Batik Shawl, hand painted wearable fiber


Following a 10 years, my husband and I made the decision to go in a distinctive path. We wished to offer immediately to the general public as a result of good art shows up and down the east coastline. We have been executing this for the past 25 many years.


batik scarf

Batik Infinity Scarf, hand painted wearable fiber


I commence off by generating and building my clothes strains applying only all-natural and organic and natural fabrics, i.e., silk, linen and cotton gauze. These fabrics are white blanks on which I hand paint applying a wide variety of strategies. They incorporate batik, shibori and freehand watercolor apps.


batik shawl hand painted by Heather Cohen

Scroll Batik Scarf, hand painted wearable fiber


All of my creations are special and 1 of a form. No two are precisely alike. My patterns continue to mirror the influence of developing up in Africa surrounded by beautiful colours and bold African tribal motifs.


Heather Cohen invites you to observe her on Facebook.


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