Batik is a form of wax resist whereby hot wax is applied to cloth, or paper, which is then covered with dye. The wax will resist the dye and, therefore, a simple pattern is created. By the repeated application of the wax, followed by repeated applications of dyes, in various colours, a complicated pattern can be built up, and indeed a picture or painting. Students will learn the basic techniques of batik, and produce one or more colourful traditional batik designs or pictures on fabric, and several experimental works on paper.
Following these introductory workshops, students can progress to further study integrating more advanced techniques.
Please bring with you
Protective clothing, apron etc, (closed toe shoes must be worn)
soft dark pencil, eraser,
few cheap unused household painting brushes, 1 and 2 inch for applying the dye,
few plastic pots for dye,
The following items can be purchased from your tutor
Extra cotton lawn £2 per piece
Suitable for all levels
Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire HP16 0BD
A member of the Batik Guild and the Surrey Guild of Craftsmen, Angela has been working in batik for some 34 years. Her earliest work was figurative, on cotton, exploring the way the image slowly emerges through the application of alternate layers of wax and dye.
More recently she has been experimenting with all kinds of paper, using bleach to discharge the colours as well as applying dyes. The resulting work is more abstract, and different papers are sometimes combined to form a collage.
Angela travels widely and is always drawn to semi-derelict buildings. Using successive layers of dyes and discharge enables her to achieve the shapes and colours of crumbling bricks, peeling walls, rusting paintwork, the haunting aura of past splendour.
Surrey Guild of Craftsmen