Carol Law Conklin’s Batiks at the Bedlam Farm Open House

Carol with her "Last Unicorn" Batik.
Carol with her “Last Unicorn” Batik  (and her studio cat looking on)

I walked from room to room in Carol’s old farm house as she showed me her work.  Her art was everywhere, hanging on walls, stored in boxes, framed and unframed, upstairs and down, in her car and on her porch.  She has large original batiks that she sells for $1000 and small prints that she sells for $30.  She has scarves and trivets and cards and mouse pads and pillows.  Some of her work is framed and some of it hangs loosely from decorative wooded dowels.  Carol is going to be in three different exhibits before she shows her work in the June Bedlam Farm Open House.  I was fortunate enough to get to see it all before the other shows began.

It was the first time I met Carol, we had only “talked” on facebook. But I had seen pictures of her work and from the way she presented it and wrote about it, I knew she was a professional.  And then I found out she lived only a few towns away from me and I knew having her art in the Open House was going to work out.

Carol and her husband Dick have been Dairy Farmers most of their lives.  When they sold the farm a few years ago, Carol went back to doing what she went to school for, Art.  And specifically, batik.  That was in the 1970’s and she told me that all the time she was farming, she was gathering the images that she now uses in her art.  That might be one reason she’s so prolific,  she has a head and heart full of creative ideas that are finally being released into the world.  Lucky for us.

Carol’s Batiks are paintings really.  She paints with wax and pigment.  From what she told me, the process is a constant flow.  She only has so much control over the hot wax that she drips and brushes on the fabric. I didn’t get to see her work, but from how she described it, it seemed like a dance.  She starts with an idea, maybe just one image that she sketch’s on a piece of paper, but works free hand on the fabric.  Then she lets the piece evolve as she works on it.   So it’s a somewhat spontaneous process.   You can see the motion in her images, they are full of life.

We also talked about patterns in nature and her desire to depict  what goes on under the ground, as well as on the earth and in the sky.  Based in nature, her work  has a mystical quality to it.   It’s filled with her love of the natural world and animals.

So I’m thrilled, not only be selling and showing Carol’s work in my School House Gallery in June, but I’m also  excited that she my neighbor.  We’re already finding out that we have a lot in common, a good beginning for a friendship.

Click here to see more of Carol’s work on her website Amity Farm Batik.

Carol's scarves
Carol’s scarves
Carol with her cow Steppin
Carol, with her cow Steppin,  surrounded by her inspiration.







8 thoughts on “Carol Law Conklin’s Batiks at the Bedlam Farm Open House

  1. Oh Maria, Carol’s work is a feast for a quilter’s eye…I can’t thank you enough for putting her work up and I have flagged her website at Amity Farm…just think how full your life is becoming…it’s like magic when you think of how far you’ve come now with your work and sharing the work of others at your Open Houses. Carol’s colours and her talent is incredible. I felt like I was visually falling into a pot of paint looking at her work.

  2. Thank you for sharing your visit with Carol. Nice introduction and photograph. I see you have found a kindred spirit. With any luck, I will get to see both of your work in person at the open house.

  3. I am so absolutely amazed that there is another one of you, Maria!! An incredibly talented woman who has spent the first portion of her life doing rigorous labor while her mind roamed creatively free. Now she has the time and space to create, create, create!! Thank you for bringing her work to us. Annie

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