Intro to Batik: Wax REsist Workshop Notes
Today I am thrilled to share some outcomes and photos from our Intro to Batik: Wax Resist workshop that was created and instructed by Lindsey Fout of Last Chance Textiles. You might have read our previous interview with her here. Let me just say that Lindsey is an expert in batik, so I highly recommend taking this workshop in person because you come away with the knowledge, experience, fiber artwork, so much more. It is comparable to a beginner's level university class, so artists and designers that have a serious interest would benefit from it.
For all of you who would like to join us in the future, or possibly begin some experimentation at home, I took a few notes that I will help to guide you.
To get started making your very own batiks, you will need a natural fiber and all of the supplies listed below:Lindsey told us that traditionally the tjanting is made from copper and that is because it conducts heat better than other metals.
Keep reading to see a quick demo of how to use the tjanting along with the gorgeous batik results!
Once our batik wax looked clear in the warmer, it was ready to go. At this point, we reduced the heat to medium as some of the wax was started to smoke.
Workshop guests experimented with the wax on fabric. From linear and organic patterns to geometric and textural marks, the possibilities with batik are infinite. Below you can see the batik wax is applied to cotton on stretcher bars which keeps the fabric lifted off the table.
Once everyone felt satisfied with their patterns, we took our fibers out to the garden for dyeing. Below, you can see Carrie Burckle, co-founder of Textile Arts L.A. finishing up one of her designs.
Visual artist Sohani admires her mark making.
Next, we moved out in to the garden to start up the dye baths. We followed directions for cold water dyes (wetting out the color first) and then adding the active color to the tubs of dye. After 20-40 minutes of submersion, we added the soda ash fixer in 3 parts.
After an extremely thorough rinse, we laid them out in the sun with the wax still on.
Next, we boil off the batik wax. We rinse the pieces to make sure none of the excess dye enters into the boiling pot, which would contaminate the white spaces that have been masked with batik wax up until this point. Prior to this, I had only removed wax from wall works using an iron and newsprint. This boil method works well for wearable fibers, where you want to make sure all wax is removed.
Now it's time for the big reveal, each artist's batik hanging up behind them! We truly had such a creative group of serious artists, and it was fantastic to connect with old friends and make new ones. The idea at the core of these craft workshops is connection, and to inspire and share skills in relaxed and creative environment! Lately, that setting has been my dye garden, and I do hope to offer some outside workshops again in the coming year- so please stayed tuned!
This workshop would not have been possible without Lindsey Fout, our instructor who shared her expertise in the field of batik and our wonderful guests. You can see Lindsey's work at Last Chance Textiles. Can't get enough of batik? Read the interview 5 questions with a Batik Artist. Want to incorporate batik products into your home? You can find my dhabu clay resist pillow cases that I worked on with an artist in North India.
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