Dublin born painter, Bernadette Madden held her first solo exhibition in 1972, shortly after graduating from the Fine Art Faculty of the National College of Art and Design (NCAD). She has been exhibiting regularly ever since, at home as well as in the US and Australia. Her batiks, for which she is best known, are included in private and public collections such as the Arts Council, the Ulster Museum and Aer Lingus. An interest in theatre has led to her work being used in stage sets at the Abbey and Gate Theatres. Her work has also featured frequently in the media. Bernadette has won numerous awards, including a Department of Education Scholarship to Paris and the McCauley Fellowship from the Arts Council. She has served on various boards and committees in the arts arena, including a three year term on the Board of NCAD. Batik: Batik is an ancient oriental art of patterning fabric. Designs are drawn onto cloth with molten wax. The cloth is then immersed in a cold water dye bath. The waxed areas resist the colour, making the pattern. Over the past thirty years or so, batik has become increasingly well known in the West, and has been accepted as an art form, as well as being a craft requiring considerable skill. Lino Prints: Bernadette’s linocuts are printed on handmade paper and hand coloured. Each print is produced entirely by the artist. A linocut is a type of relief print, made by pressing a block of inked lino onto a sheet of paper.