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Right Brain: Lila Hahn

LESLIE BREFELDsummit daily newsSummit County, CO Colorado
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Lila Hahn, who will be in town this weekend displaying her art for the Breckenridge July Art Festival, got her start in the batik medium through an elementary education class.She immediately loved the process – “it made sense to me,” she said.Hahn, who uses silk, begins by creating a sketch which she then transfers over to the fabric. She then applies hot wax to all the places on the silk that she wants to remain white. She then begins the process of adding a color of dye, then covering it with wax and continues this process until the entire fabric is covered in wax. The next step in the process is to crumple up the silk, creating cracks. After adding dye to fill in the cracks, the wax is removed with a hot iron.Hahn’s images when she started were predominantly Native American images of dance, yet she recently began creating landscape and architectural works.The Yuma resident began selling her images 18 years ago when a chance encounter led to a contact with a gallery owner. Her works are now sold through art festivals, galleries, her website (batiksbyhahn.com) and out of her home.Catch her and her work this weekend at the Breck art festival. She will also be attending Dillon’s on July 20-22 and the Labor Day art festival in Breckenridge. What are your dreams/what would you like to do with your art?

I’ve been doing batiks now for 30 some years and professionally for 18, it would be great if I could be doing and enjoying the tedious process for another 20 years. What does art give you/why do you do it? Batik gives me a way to express the wealth of beauty I see in the world. I am inspired when I watch Native American dancers moving to the beat of drums or when I am driving to art shows and see the beauty of the sun casting shadows on a green meadow. I exaggerate the colors in my batiks to capture the beauty I see and to give each batik my own personal touch. What do you try to convey through your art?Batik is usually a flat looking medium. I try and convey a feeling of movement, depth and emotion with the use of many colors and varying composition.What is/has been your biggest challenge, and how do/did you deal with it?

The biggest challenge I have had throughout my career is having enough time to dedicate to my artwork. I never seem to have enough time to do all the things I want to but I still get it done. I am a committed farm wife, mother, grandmother and artist. Try and fit all that in one day!What are you most proud of regarding your art (and/or greatest accomplishment)?I have created many custom pieces and have felt very proud when a customer tells me I have created the perfect piece for their home. My proudest moments are when collectors tell me they enthusiastically brag about having my batiks in their home. It is great when collectors come back and see me and say they have seen something new in my batiks every day. I love that I can create something that people like and are proud to display.How do you stay fresh/motivated?I stay fresh and motivated by experimenting with various techniques to produce my batiks and by changing the subject. I have done batiks on cotton, rice paper, silk, ostrich eggs, silk ties, silk vest and lamp shades. Right now I am doing contemporary landscapes and churches with a lot of bright colors. Sometimes people come into my booth and think two different artists did the work because I have Native American themes, landscapes and churches that look totally different. I guess I have a split personality when it comes to being an artist.

What do you do when you’re not making art?When I am not doing batiks I am busy helping my husband Rod on our corn and wheat farm. I love being a farm wife and helping with all the odds and ends of daily farm life. During harvest I become the “chef” for the harvest crew and cook hot lunch for six men. (They say I am an excellent cook). I am also busy being a mother and grandmother. I have a 2-year-old grandson, Kody, and both my daughters, Karianne and Kindra, are expecting this summer. My son Jerry will be a senior at the University of Wyoming and I go to football games with him as often as I can. I also volunteer for local community events and have also donate my time and batiks to many local fundraisers. Lila Hahnn Type of art: Batik on silkn Personality: Introvertn Hours per week dedicated to art: 40n Favorite artist: Walter Inglis Andersonn Sensitivity: 1-10 , 10 being highest: 15

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