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Cohen, Gail — Gail Cohen Designs

Lexington, KY


hand dyed wearables

Gail, a native of New York City, moved to Kentucky in 1975. She holds a BS in Sociology and Political Science from Hunter College of the City University of New York, and has had a lifelong interest in the creative process.  She has painted and tried pottery, but it was when she discovered batik that Gail knew she had found her medium.  Gail says that “the fluidity of the wax and color range of the dyes was and remains exciting.”


Batik is at once very old and very new.  It finds its roots in Pacific culture, especially in Indonesia. Batik makes use of muted colors produced with vegetable dyes, and of repeated patterns applied with hot wax and a printing block called a “chop.”


In 1982, Gail opened a retail business where she produced and sold her own line of batik clothing and artwork.  Although she found retail to be fun and unique, Gail made the decision to close her store and return to the studio, where she still sees customers by appointment.  This has enabled her to work on new designs and focus on new and larger wholesale orders.


Gail is a member of the Kentucky Craft Marketing Program and has exhibited at the New York International Gift Fair. 


Gail’s work can be found in her studio and at The Cozy Corner, Whitesburg; Completely Kentucky, Frankfort; and Damselfly, Midway, KY.