Saturday, 25 April 2009

A little preview...

Polymer clay has been my hobby since I was about 12 years old. Making canes is what I most enjoyed because I could mix any colour and create so many patterns… patterns, in general, I adore. At one point I decided to keep one slice of every cane I made so now I’ve got a little box full of them all mixed up… It has been my intention for a couple of years to get round to sorting them into an album or something like it… but still haven’t. I was quite happy just combining colours and making canes for lots of years. I covered things, made buttons and presents for friends and little boxes. It was just about 3 years ago that I started making jewellery. I’m busy this weekend making some for wholesale, so I’m leaving you with a little preview of the process. Proper step by step will hopefully come in the future.

Monday, 20 April 2009

What is batik?

Batik is a traditional technique used for creating patterns on fabric by reserving areas with wax and then dying. When the wax is melted and hot enough, it penetrates the fabric and makes a barrier that dyes cannot enter. If the fabric is then creased (or creases while dying) the wax will crack, allowing dye to penetrate in those lines. This is the basics of batik. The process can be done several times to add more layers of colour or the wax can be removed at any time to start reserving new areas and dye with new colours. When finished all the wax must be removed to recover the fabrics original touch.

Friday, 17 April 2009

Process pics, Batik spot.

This is a little process collage of a batik spot scarf coloured with acid dyes. The dots are placed on the folds creating a random mirror simmetry. Sorry, I am missing pictures from the second layer of colour and fixing...

Thursday, 16 April 2009

Thank you!

Last week Lasidi was featured twice and I'd like to say thank you to Santi and Julia, the lovely people that decided to mention me. Clik on their names to see my feature!

..and be sure to take a look at their sites!
Oriente Online
The Spotted Sparrow

Sunday, 5 April 2009

Abstract batiks

Silk scarves coloured using acid dyes, then steam fixed. Wax allows to reserve areas between layers of colour. I also have some process pics to post...