I love challenges. I am drawn to batik because of the dichotomy of trying to control something as difficult to handle as a paintbrush loaded with hot melted wax as it meets cotton fabric, only to spread rapidly before cooling, hardening and sealing in the color beneath coupled with the dye process - the fluid, uncontrolled mesh of color, wildly mixing around the cold, hard wax. Contrast that with the removal process : the discovery of magic; melting the wax off between sheets of newspaper; the smell of burning wax as the excitement builds to see if I accomplish the image I was after, or if countless hours are lost to the uncontrollable nature of handling wax that can crack and allow color to escape in unexpected ways.
I struggle to control a process that by it’s very nature can not be controlled. I aim to get as close to photo-realism as possible using as many layers of value and color to achieve richness, depth, life, joy and light. On close inspection the abstraction of shape and form makes the realism such a stark contrast....precision against haphazard abandon.
Pem America, based in New York, NY manufactures the baby sets shown here. I create the art as pencil sketches, finish them digitally in Photoshop, and finally send them to their designers for production. They take care of the rest! The bedding is marketed under the Jessica Breedlove Designs™ name and can be purchased online at amazon.com, Target.com, Sears.com, BabiesRUs.com, as well as various other resellers.
Oak Patch Gifts, based in Eugene, Oregon manufactures the Tippy Toad products shown here. I created Tippy Toad and her Little Back Creek friends such as Molly Snurtle, Yella Duck, and Plato Pig for the Camp Grandma® brand. Camp Grandma® also licenses many of my images on numerous products.
KidsART2Felt is another extension of KidsART2Canvas, and shares it's vision, but this time transforming children's art into the 3-dimensional form.
It is amazing to watch a child sit down and play with a stuffed felt toy that was his or her original design and creation. They drew this image and it came to life into a tactile form that they can relate to and pretend with. Magic!