Jenn Raby’s art education started early. Her mother provided her with inspiration and a nurturing, creative environment. Having early formal schooling in the history of Fine arts and training in their Medias Jenn ultimately found her visual voice with batik and water colour in her twenties. Her passion for Batik was born and has been keep alive and well by its unique elements and petulant requirement of the artist for innovative thinking and action. Within a few years she longed to share the joy and magic of this process with others and began to offer classes to adults through the Ottawa City Programs.
Jenn now offers creative and structured courses levelled from intros, to advanced and beyond in batik, drawing and watercolour in Perth and Cornwall and draws enthusiastic students from a wide geographic area. Jenn has also donated her time to Youth Services and to Seniors at Carolina Court in Perth.
Jenn is an active member of the Rideau Lakes Art Association and former Vice President, Manotick Artist Association, Ottawa Watercolour Society, West Carleton Art, Art Lending Ottawa and a honorary member of Focus Art in Cornwall and the President and co-founder of the Batik Artists Association of Canada (BAAC). I create a new body of work every year still exploring batik as my primary visual voice with passion and amazement. If you wish to immerse yourself in a very innovate art experience, come join me in one of my 3 to 4 day workshops.
- Honourable Mention in Art in the Barn 2015 Juried Show for body of work
- Best Artwork in Show People’s Choice Award in Art in the Barn 2016 “A Magnificent Rage” batik
- Jury’s Award in the Ottawa Watercolour Society 76th Event 2018 “Doing the Bird Walk”
- People’s Choice Award in the Ottawa Watercolour Society 76th juried Event 2018 “Doing the Bird Walk”
- 3rd Prize in the Buckhorn 2018 Open Fine Arts Completion juried event “A Cottage Visitor” batik
About my fine art media:
Batik is an ancient complex art. Practised in Egyptian times and in China Japan, Java and Indonesia from the 8th century thru to today to produce decorated cloth for clothing and wall hangings that utilizes textile dyes and wax resist to create unique designs on natural fibers. In the1920’s modern chemically based textile dyes started to replace traditional organic dyes bringing a deeper, brighter and more varied colour pallet thus changing the potential visual possibilities for the artist.
“I dipped my brush in dye and touched it to the white fabric stretched out on a wooden frame, the colour spread stopping here and there as it met wax. It was magical and I knew that I had to learn all about it.”
I have been exploring this magical process (for more than 40 years) to produce fine art through the use of: textile dyes and various types of hot waxes as my paints; hot waxes as a resist; natural fabrics of cottons, hemp, silk, linen bamboo, rayon and mixes there of as my canvases; and tjanting, watercolour and acrylic brushes as my drawing and painting tools.
My Batik process and techniques can best be compared to watercolour, but much less forgiving. What a journey! Come join me I love to share.