Batik is an ancient textile technique originating in Indonesia. Pattern is applied onto cloth using molten wax with fine brushes or tools called tjantings, before coloured dyes are applied to the fabric. In more recent years this highly decorative and colourful process has been used to create designs and images on paper.
According to the Batik Guild, Batik is both an art and a craft. As a way of decorating, it is becoming much more popular in the West.
In essence there are a few simple steps. It starts with preparing your medium, whether that be silk, fabric or paper. Then moves swiftly on to outlining your design in wax using a tjanting tool and a wax pot.
Once the wax is in place, you can add your batik dye from which your pattern emerges. All that is left to do then is leave your batik masterpiece to dry and you have created something very special and quite unique.
You can join us to explore this vibrant creative process.
The day will include creating a range of experimental samples and unique outcomes. You may choose to work with the themes of Florals or Abstract Pattern, or take inspiration from different cultural images; alternatively you may wish to develop designs of your own choosing.
The workshop is delivered by Alison Butler of Blooming Designs. With over 25 years experience as a textile designer and book illustrator, Alison will guide you through a range of exciting approaches.
This workshop is suitable for those with a range of skills and creative experiences, from complete beginners to those looking to improve their batik skills.
Please bring along: an apron, ideas related to the themes of pattern and florals, and ethnic cultures, plus a newspaper and an A3 folder to transport your work home.
The workshop will include materials and use of equipment; refreshments are served throughout the day.
The workshop runs from 10 - 4pm and costs £79.
Social distancing measures will be in place.
To enquire or book, please email firstname.lastname@example.org