Artist Mary Edna Fraser creates some fantastic fabric landscapes using the art of batik, a process which predates recorded history.
Mary Edna Fraser, Hurricane Season, batik on silk, 50″ x 36″
Mary Edna Fraser, South of Ocracoke, NC, batik on silk, 36″ x 36″
Batik is an art method where removable wax is applied to fabric. The fabric is dipped in dye, and the waxed areas resist any color. Then wax is painstakingly removed and re-applied in other areas, and dying continues, creating the different blocks of color.
Mary Edna Fraser, Bazaruto’s Dunes, Mozambique, Africa, batik on silk, 30″ x 36″
Photographing from the open windows of my grandfather’s vintage 1946 Ercoupe plane with my father or brother as pilots, we explore the natural wonders unaltered by man. I also hire instructors who guide me over their familiar landscape such as the canyons of northern New Mexico or the Appalachian mountains. Experience flying various aircraft allows me to set up photographic compositions with ease. When positioned, I hand over the controls to shoot with digital Nikon cameras. During an excursion aloft, as many as five hundred photographs are taken which will then be reduced to the best designs. An organization of the land emerges revealed only by altitude. – Mary Edna Fraser
Wow – what a life. Her website is beautiful, and has more information to share: visit www.maryedna.com