A Close up of Fall – Batik

So it begins, the story of how FALL my batik began.

I taught a batik workshop with Dana Bush last FALL and had a wonderful experience, the participants were so enthusiastic and ready to experiment and learn so were we.

It was a beautiful day, the weather was warm enough to work outside, the leaves were yellow and very inspiring.

We talked a lot about the seasonal yellow with blue sky which inspired a few. Once I got home to my own backyard, I couldn’t wait to pull out all of my yellow crayolas.


Now that I’ve set you up for the landscape, here is what happened once the colour was finished.

My dog Charlie and I tend to walk Nose Hill Park almost every day, especially in the Fall, we don’t want to miss the excitement of the Crows planning their migration.

We were enjoying our walk and talk with the other naturalist and visitors to the park, we were mostly chatting about dogs and the loud clouds of crows flying into the groves of yellow leaved trees. It is a mystical feeling and an amazing experience.

WHEN all of a sudden Charlie takes off…….. if you know Charlie he’s not a big dog and a bit of a slow poke, so to have him dash away from me so suddenly, it put me into a panic.

A herd of deer were crossing over the hill in the lovely, low lit, sunset and Charlie’s wild dog instincts kicked in, I don’t think that he even knew what they were. I went running after him yelling “COME” “STAY” “DOWN” but with all the crows calling to their own and the vast area I don’t think anyone heard me.

I caught up to Charlie who was sitting in the tall grass wondering where did those big wild animal things go? Just to let you know, they were leaping over him, a very confused and happy dog, and me lucky to still have Charlie. I crouched down next to him leashed him up, that’s when the deer figure something was odd and started to shy away from us.

The interesting thing about deer is that they leap over the human path, us humans tend to prefer the deer paths. Hmm


That is where my crow linocut carvings came in.

After the crows flew south I found a few crow feathers on the paths and they worked their way into the batik as well.


Isn’t it wonderful how the light comes through the batik, you can’t always see the detail of the linocut crows or the threads stitched throughout the fabric but the over all impression of stain glass look and colour is what’s important.

* With the amount of wax I put onto my fabric there is no chance of ever being wax free as it would in traditional batiks. BUT if you ever need creative rain gear this technique would be very fashionable for the outdoors.

Inspired by nature.


About artist and illustrator

I'm a textile artist, resourceful and excited about making things. Dog walks with my pooch "Charlie" is inspiring and an opportunity to develop ideas from nature and people whom we meet on our strolls. There is a story behind my art making, it's in the series, I don't make just one but many from the same idea, but! not one will look like the other, each piece of art is "one-of-a-kind".
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2 Responses to A Close up of Fall – Batik

  1. Wow! I don’t think you have shared that story with me before. Beautiful artwork as always Susan Fae!

    • artist and illustrator says:

      Thank you for reading about Charlie and my adventure. Yes, it is an exciting season for us. Thank you for coming to the exhibition and compliments.

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