The making of – SPRING Batik

“Spring” batik began in the Spring, once the weather was warm enough, I went outside with my canvas of fabric and wax.

I belong to a textile art group called “Contextural” one of our ambitious members (Sharon Hogg) organized an exhibition of traditional fabric/textile art from the the 1970’s with our recent contemporary art.

Much of the Batik and printmaking from the 70’s was inspired by nature, it was easy for me to catch on to the theme especially since birds were a common theme.

The stretch bars that I drape the fabric over for painting the batiks onto  were made to fit the inside of my french doors.  The 1970’s art was colourful and practical, it was meant to be seen and used. That is why I made the SPRING  batiks to work as drapes for my brightly lit windows. As you can see they look like stain glass, I love it!

The Robins were inspired by the regular visits from a family that had a nest near by and the threads weaved themselves in and out of the colours and birds. I chose the primary colours for the threads, since the Purple, Green and orange wax colours were already taken. Nice to have the rainbow of colour in the art.

The exhibition was a success and I was thrilled with the response that I received from the SPRING batik. So much so that I thought that I’d photograph the batik and make copies onto fabric, clotho.ca. Well, silk sounded lovely and it was on sale, that’s what I ordered, though next time I’ll try it on cotton or linen, that would be closer to what the originals are made from.

Silk came back vibrant and very translucent. Even though the detail doesn’t really show up, the colour does  especially when you hold it up to light. Can you find the image in this collection that is the real batik? Making reproductions from fabric to fabric isn’t as easy as to paper but I’ll try again, then eventually everyone can have their own SPRING batik or you can always make your own.

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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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