Port Townsend, WA
20.000 x 23.000 inches
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Little Bird And Fence
Tapestry - Textile - Batik On Silk Fabric
I am exploring backgrounds (the forests, field and sky) by painting with the dyes on the silk fabric without using any wax to control and define.
Then I add details.
Batik is the process of using wax and dyes to create designs on fabric. Wax is heated in a tool called a tjanting and then passes thru a copper or metal tube on to the fabric. Where the wax is placed, the dye cannot penetrate. I work in layers to create a design. Wax some, Dye some. When the dye touches the fabric, it spreads like water. So the wax creates a border that controls where the dye can go. Salt creates a unique effect as well. When the piece is finished, the wax is removed. I then stretch the silk on foamcore using linen tape.
I use only high quality silk fabric and pure beeswax in my work.
January 21st, 2011
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