Batik Workshop: Fun with Paper and Fabric
What could be more fun than to spend an afternoon working with Batik on Fabric? How about working with Batik on Paper as well!
Enjoy this self-paced workshop in learning a variety of ways of using Batik wax as a resist. Rosi Robinson has been teaching Batik for years and is the Author of several leading craft books on Batik from Search Press. She lends her expertise in this wonderful workshop which is playful, whimsical, and skillful at the same time.
PART ONE: BATIK + PAPER WORKSHOP
Everything from fine art papers to tissue paper is explored, as well as the idea of working additive (dyes, inks and watercolors) to subtractive (using discharge as a decolorant). Rosi begins with a wonderful overview of the history of Batik, and moves into learning how to use wax melting equipment, application methods and explores how to set up your studio. She demonstrates wax resist with everything from waxy crayons on rubbings to batik wax and dyes, igniting the possibilities of where the learner might go from one section to the next.
PART TWO: BATIK + FABRIC WORKSHOP
Complex imagery is explored as well on silk and cotton fabrics. Colorful scarves and cotton shirts are worked with fiber reactive dyes both brushed on as well as dip dyed to show the variety of possibilities. Color blending, gradation, and specialized techniques such as feathering and spattering are demonstrated, offering the viewer many new skills to apply to their work.
Rosi explores Batik on Fabric using tjantings, cookie cutters, sponges and other traditional and non-traditional tools. She shows how to create floral, starburst as well as mark making motifs, each designed to teach a specific way of working with the wax.
The process is evocative; techniques are developed that can be combined and worked together in the creation of wearable art and home products. The goal in the fabric workshop is to understand how to work in a variety of ways on a variety of fabrics, whether you are producing surface design or imagery in your work.
Batik as a Painterly Pursuit
Besides developing batik on fabric and paper in a variety of ways, Rosi has spent decades mastering the art of working with Batik as a Painterly Pursuit. While not a key element of this workshop, we explore creating a simple water scene in a painterly fashion, in order to give a glimpse into this wonderful way of working with wax.