Here is a new silk batik reminding me of my summer camps in Alaska. My early morning walks alone to go to work in the kitchen tent past these flowers that held the dusk of nights dew in their petals.
This is an original batik on silk fabric. It is stretched on foamcore allowing for a 3.5" mat.
It will require a glass frame for protection. It is less fragile to ship unframed but If you would like me to frame it costs will be approximately $200.00+ more for frame and shipping.
Batik is the process of using wax and dyes to create designs on fabric. Wax is heated in a tool called a tjanting and then passes thru a copper or metal tube on to the fabric. Where the wax is placed, the dye cannot penetrate. I work in layers to create a design. Wax some, Dye some. When the dye touches the fabric, it spreads like water. So the wax creates a border that controls where the dye can go. Silk is such an ethereal medium to work on.
The way the dyes move around and blend in the boundaries created by the wax. Salt creates a unique effect as well. When the piece is finished, the wax is removed. I then stretch the silk on foamcore using linen tape.
I use only high quality silk fabric and pure beeswax in my work.
silk fabric, wax, dyes, foamcore, salt