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The Batik Art of Mary Edna Fraser

Cecelia Dailey

Published: May 31 2019


Published: May 31 2019


Published: Jun 18 2019

OA Ebook
Published: Jun 18 2019


The inclusion of this book in the Open Carolina collection is made possible by the generous funding of

A lavishly illustrated guide to the work and technique of the internationally renowned artist

Mary Edna Fraser has taken the art of batik to otherworldly heights. An internationally renowned artist, Fraser has had works grace galleries, museums, and public buildings throughout the United States—creating wonder, awe, and an awareness of the environment around us as few artists have had the talent and vision to manage.

Using fabric, wax, and dye, Fraser has transformed the techniques of batik from its ancient origins and forged new panoramas and vistas of our unique planet from the sky above us to the ground beneath our feet, and even down to the evocative landscapes that sprawl across the ocean floor. These images not only astonish us with their allure; they also remind of us of our place in the world and our responsibility to respect and care for it.

Part history and guide to the challenging techniques of this form, The Batik Art of Edna Fraser affords not only a full-color introduction to Fraser's stunning perceptions of the glaciers, icebergs, coastlines, atmospheres, mountains, and rivers that grace our globe, but gives us an intimate look at the artist at work and the philosophies that guide her singular imagination as well.

Bold, beautiful, thoughtful, and always visceral, Fraser's art invites us outside to see with new eyes the horizons that surround us—and inside to see ourselves in our inextricable connection with the land, the seas, the skies, the earth, as we are woven together as one in the fabric of our existence on this, our home, the vibrant blue planet hurtling through space and time.

Cecelia Dailey, an artist, writer, and media specialist in video, photography, and design, is involved in public projects related to the natural environment, the visual arts, music performance, and archiving. She documented Mary Edna Fraser's work for ten years, managed her studio and business, and installed her many national exhibitions. Dailey has a B.F.A. in filmmaking and photography and a B.A. in philosophy from Virginia Commonwealth University.

"Fraser's influential and distinctive artworks are spotlighted in this inspiring volume tracing the artist's development through art and textile history, as well as giving us a glimpse into the complex ancient techniques that produce them. It's a journey across local and global locations that demand our attention in today's world."—Dorothy Moye, Davis-Moye & Associates, reviewing a previous edition or volume

"Mary Edna's inspiration garnered from other historical artists is refreshing and informative. The descriptions of her batik process are clear and informative and can take the budding batik artist into greater competency. Then there is the inspiration of the mission, giving her art a greater purpose: to educate and inform us about what is happening to our barrier islands all over the world."—Joanna White, Fiber Vision Studio

"A behind the scenes look at the artist at work, The Batik Art of Mary Edna Fraser is an all-encompassing book that celebrates the art and life of Mary Edna Fraser. Cecelia Dailey illuminates who and what has influenced Fraser over the span of her brilliant career. Fraser's ability to evolve and absorb new influences and technology is part of her genius."—Marjory Wentworth, South Carolina poet laureate

"Fraser's batik-born vistas of our waterways, coastlines, glaciers and icebergs from the region and beyond are equally inviting in book form, and all the more so with commentary on the artist's journey by writer Cecelia Dailey."—The Post & Courier (Charleston)

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