Welcome to the Buffy Robinson website. Here you can see the largest ever collection of my Batik work. My canalside Gallery in Shropshire is open by appointment, so please email me if you would like to arrange a visit and I would be happy to show you around.

About Buffy Robinson

Recognised as one of Britain's foremost Batik artists, Buffy Robinson started experimenting with Batik at the age of fourteen while still at school.

After several successful exhibitions in the early seventies in the South of England where she was brought up, Buffy moved North, and was immediately captivated by the rugged landscape, sheep and dry-stone walls around her home that have been such an influence in her work.

Cut-off from the mainstream of the British Batik world, which was still based in London, she developed her own individual style, constantly trying out innovative techniques with dyes and the lighting to achieve subtle effects, and adapting them to create that instantly recognisable Buffy Robinson 'look'.

At first Buffy produced her original Batik paintings as window hangings and lampshades, which being back-lit showed her work to its best advantage. This umbrella with its distinctive frog design was a one-off which Buffy made for her own use. The wax impregnated fabric is ideal for the job, and although its now twenty years old and fairly fragile, the umbrella is still keeping her dry!

In 1981, by then an established artist in Batik, and encouraged by the growing demand for her work, Buffy designed a new and innovative range of products for the giftware market using photographic reproductions of her Batik paintings. Paperweights and greetings cards were later followed by prints, bookmarks, gift tags and gift boxes.

Success was immediate, and a steady growth in sales led to the registration of Buffy Robinson as a Limited Company in 1987, selling to over 500 retailers in the UK, Europe, USA, Australia, New Zealand and Japan over the subsequent years. During this time she produced some of her best known work - sheep scenes, cats, wildlife, waterways and farm animals - the essence of the English countryside.

Since the early eighties the company was a regular exhibitor at trade shows, including the NEC International Spring Fair, Top Drawer and the Harrogate Craft Fair, where in 1989 Buffy's products, display and sales literature surpassed 900 others to win the Ted Mahoney Award for Excellence, going on to win it for a second time in 1994.

In 1990 she was commissioned by the Department of the Environment to produce Batik paintings of the Royal Palaces of London. These included the Tower of London, Hampton Court, Kensington Palace and the Banqueting House. She was also asked by the Tower of London to create a commemorative painting of the Royal Yacht Britannia lying at Tower Bridge, the original of which is now housed at the Tower of London. Reproductions of all these paintings were sold as cards and giftware in the palace shops, and at Tower Bridge.

Early in 2000, Buffy was approached by the chairman of the Inland Revenue to produce a Batik painting of Somerset House, the Inland Revenue headquarters. From this original, which now hangs in the Chairman's office, she made paperweights for them to give as gifts to visiting dignitaries. This led to a series of major architectural works depicting many of Britain's finest cathedrals, castles and stately homes.

Appropriately for the daughter of a bishop (her father J.A.T Robinson was Bishop of Woolwich in the 1960s and was the author of the best-selling book, 'Honest to God'), Buffy has been commissioned to produce Batik paintlngs of a number of great English Cathedrals, including those at Canterbury, York, Durham, Worcester and Chester. Buffy's greetings cards, prints and bookmarks bearing these images are sold to visitors at all these historic sites. Buffy found that the Batik medium and her technique were ideally suited to portraying stonework and detail of these buildings with great sensitivity and accuracy, whilst capturing the atmosphere and grandeur in settings of dramatic skies and textured trees.

In 1994 she moved her studio to a seventeenth century barn on the banks of the Llangollen Canal in beautiful rural Shropshire. Here she has a private Gallery displaying all her work, many mounted and framed back-lit in custom-made light boxes as well as her hand made Batik lampshades. Her interest in the canal is evident in her work, and here she continues to produce Batik paintings of all she loves about rural England and the British way of life.

Buffy has since been in a position to explore and express herself in her Batik originals in her own unique style. After a visit in the early 1990s, her great love affair with Venice began, and her creative work blossomed and developed. In these delightful Venice studies, she felt able to use the Batik medium at its best to show the cracked and crumbling plaster and stonework. Her fine colour sense was let loose on the classic Venetian ochres and terracottas, and so also began her endless fascination with reflections.

Buffy Robinson is a member of the Batik Guild.

Buffy at work in her studio July 2013

2016 marks a milestone for Buffy Robinson
She has now been doing Batik for 50 years!