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Batik process

My inspiration mainly comes from nature, interpreting the variety of pattern and texture I find there. I start with a detailed pencil drawing, using a section of it to produce a 2D design. Then I trace the design onto the silk which is pinned and stretched onto a wooden frame.

Step 1: Drawing and design

Batik process

Batik involves 'thinking backwards' about colour as the final colour will be a mix of the ovedyed colours, therefore influencing the first dye colour. 

Wax is used to resist the dye, so I start by waxing out areas to remain white; then dye the silk with the initial colour. The process of waxing and overdying is then repeated to create colours and patterns.

I love the contrast between the fine lines obtained using the canting and the more abstract brush strokes and unique crackle effects produced by the wax.

Step 2: Wax and dye

Batik process

Step 3: Finish

Next I remove the wax by boiling the silk in a pan of water and wash off the residue with liquid detergent. Finally I cut and fray the edges to create a picture, iron, mount and frame.

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