Andrew Wynne
Andrew Wynne

I have experience of working with a diverse range of ages and abilities and workshops can be designed and delivered to suit your needs ....


I offer tuition in batk and mosaic.

All electrical equipment is pat tested.

I carry 5m in public liability insurance and an enhanced DBS disclosure.

  • One to one consultations to help you achieve your project, giving you the skills and confidence in design, techniques and materials choices
  • Taster sessions -  ranging from two hours to residencies. Suitable for all ages and abilities
  • Collaborative projects: corporate team building/training days and community pieces
  • Talks and demonstrations


Textile workshops - Batik

I offer workshops that are designed to inform, inspire and empower.

Smaller sized groups are preferable.

Approaches to batik include conventional light to dark in successive wax resist and dye applications on silk, paper and calico.

This approach gives the learner a good foundation and understanding of the principles of resist-dyeing.

Other approaches, such as discharge dyeing - working in reverse from dark to light using successive applications of wax resists and bleach on fine black discharge cotton encourages a greater versatility, leading to better informed choices and expression.

Learners may wish to apply and develop their drawing skills using kistkas (fine wax stylus pens) and create painterly works with the unique wax resist and dye combination.

The quality of the dye colour is very pure, literally reacting and staining the cloth.

More advanced work might involve layering. 

As well as these processes and techniques, a mixed-media approach can be applied such as:

Collage - using a combination of conventional batik with discharge-dyeing and collage techniques with coloured tissue papers and fabrics

Tjap printing - ornate and beautiful copper printing blocks made in Indonesia, used to pattern textiles with wax resists before dyeing

Other processes which are safe and effective for working with children of all ages and abilities  are excellent for introducing children to some of the traditional African textile designs and processes such as:

Bogolanfini - A variation on a traditional discharge dyeing technique used for patterning cloth in Mali using a thickened paste made with lemon jouce to discharge colour out from pre-dyed cloth.

Adire ElekoA variation of a traditional technique from the Yoruba people of Nigeria using painted and printed paste to pattern calico in combination with thickened blue dye.

Indigo Dyeing - A synthetic variation, arguably more reliable and effective. Traditional vat dyeing requiring complete immersion of the cloth: can be combined with other techniques such as batik  or with the sgraffito technique dyeing scratched designs into waxed calico, similar to the traditional textile work from Senegal.


Another process involving the use of coloured wax crayons and dyes is a fun, and simple process which is particularly effective for introducing a range of themes.


Mosaic workshops


I prefer to teach these workshops to smaller sixed groups whether working with adults in a studio or with younger people in a school setting to create individual and collaborative works.
Workshops can be designed to any given theme and some of the most popular approaches have included;

Traditional Roman styles.

Gaudi style - celebrating the exuberance and creativity of Antoni Gaudi using simple but effective techniques with ceramic, mirror, glass and found objects.

3D sculptural mosaic for the home and garden - using a cut and shaped thermailite base and constructed using ceramic and glass with cement.

Mirror mosaics - Bold and dramatic mosaics which change as they reflect their surroundings, using Japanese glass cutters for precise cutting in combination with randomly shaped mirror pieces.

Mosaics from found and recycled materials - A very individual approach giving participants the opportunity to include their old keepsakes, or found objects that have been put away and forgotten, to be incorporated into a mosaic of their own design.

Pebble mosaics - For dramatic garden features and pathways. Constructed on site or in the classroom, using the indirect method in frames.

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