"The life of a designer is a life of fight: fight against the ugliness."
Here’s hoping everyone had a good weekend! I’ve already read some of my friends’ in-party BBMs and seen a video from a trip to Canada’s Wonderland, so I know I’m not the only one who was up to some fun!
I went to visit my parents this weekend for the first time in years. They usually come to see us, as there’s more to do and see around here, but my mom was painting batik scarves in a fellow artist’s studio and asked me to join her. I’m not yet sure what I’ll do with the ones I created, but they’ll make a great addition to my collection!
To illustrate the process, here are a few photos:
Hot wax (a mixture of paraffin and beeswax) is applied to white silk wherever the fabric should remain white.
The fabric is then put in a dye bath, and hung to dry.
The process is repeated with subsequent wax applications and dyes, each picking up the colour of previous dye applications.
As the fabric is dyed, the wax crackles to create a distinctive batik look.
When the waxing and dyeing are completed and the scarf is fully dried, it is ironed between sheets of newsprint to remove the wax, which reveals the vividness of the colours underneath.
Finally, the scarves are sent to be dry cleaned, which removes any residual wax and restores sheen to the silk. I don’t have photos of a post-dry-cleaning scarf, but will share them when the cleaning is done!
A few more photos:
I know which one I like best, but I’m curious – which is your favourite?