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Everything is BLUE. My hands, my sink, the blue dye of indigo has taken over my mind and studio for the last couple of months. I’m immersed into the process of nurturing a vat of indigo dye (actually two) and experimenting with batik and multiple shades of Indigo. I had no idea it would be this complicated. Working with indigo is part science project, part research, and lots of testing to figure out what it takes to create all those variations.
And it changes from day to day. Learning how to keep the vats consistent takes time and experimenting to figure out how to balance the ingredients to have the correct environment for the indigo to release its dye. Since this isn’t technically a blog about dyeing I won’t bore you with all the details, but I’m happy expand on it in the comments if you ask.
Its all been a blast! I am so energized by all this newness I wanted to share it with you. I have no idea where all this blue is going, I can’t imagine I'll leave other colors behind, but for now, blue is the color for me.
Upcoming Batik Workshop Schedule
Fundamentals of Fine Art Batik with Indigo
September 11-13, 2019
10- 4:00pm each day
Highlands NC - The Bascom Center for the Arts
register thru The Bascom for this class.
Fundamentals of Fine Art Batik
Nov 4-7, 2019
9:30am-4:30pm each day
Maximum enrollment 10 students
$390 includes all supplies
Cork Art District, Jacksonville, FL
to enquire click here
2018 was a year of exploration. Which has only wet my appetite for more.
For the fun of it I’m posting the progression of steps of dye and wax with these batiks. Because I start with the lightest colors first, building gradually darker dyes thru many steps ( these images depict only the more noticeable ones) It’s almost like these batiks emerged gradually onto the cotton from a fog.
Happy new year everyone! I’m excited to see where 2019 leads! I do have a few plans in place, one is to experiment with batik and indigo. I’m really looking forward to this side path. Indigo stands up to light, and I will be able to ditch the frames to explore other display methods. My mind is already spinning….
2019 Batik Workshops Scheduled
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March 4-7 10-4:30
St. Augustine FL - Vilano Community Center
September 11-13 10- 4:00 pm
Highlands NC - Bascom Center for the Arts
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Welcome to my first blog post ever. My intention is to focus on what's happening behind the scenes in my batik studio, hopefully about four times a year. Check back occasionally if you are interested in this sort of thing: and if you would like notification of a new blog post by email, please fill out the form on the contact me page.
I have intentionally put this year aside from any shows or classes to experiment with my technique, and take some chances without the looming fear of a flop on a deadline to hold me back. I even have "Be Wreckless " taped to my desk.
My graphic design background trained me in composition and color theory, and a lifetime of drawing, especially in pen and ink, directs the way I use the tjanting tool to apply melted wax. Now five years into learning the medium of batik, and focusing on achieving detail, I can see that there is also a process of leaving some details out. All detail is not equal, and as I study what I'm drawn to in others' art, a common thread is undefined areas. It's much more interesting to put a lot of detail in some areas, and leave other areas with just a suggestion. And this skill has not been quick for me to come by. Over the last few months I have had my share of successes and failures, and have yet to feel like it is a natural instinct. But I do have a new direction! Here are two recent batiks that I was the most successful in maintaining that balance.