This workshop includes entry to the Thread Festival at Farnham Maltings. Follow the link to Farnham Maltings to buy tickets.
Using the theme of landscapes, we will explore the basic techniques of batik.
We will be using traditional tools such as tjantings and kistkas to draw with, as well as brushes and other tools for mark making, layering colours using multiple waxings to create a unique image. Whilst the workshop will be aimed at beginners there will be plenty of opportunity to expand for more experienced batikers.
Artist-dyer Robin Paris lives and works on Bodmin Moor. Inspiration for her art comes from the richness of the Cornish countryside, with nature, environment, cultural heritage and sense of place featuring strongly in her work. Twenty years ago Robin experimented with orienting the moor by its valleys, instead of through its more familiar hills and tors. The constant looking down, not up, brought a heightened awareness of its streams, leading to a period of observation and study into their individual nuances and character. To create Streams and Pools of Bodmin Moor Robin developed a range of marks, textures and patterns with scrap, found and home-made tools, using them to apply hot wax to cloth prior to dyeing it.
Over the two days, students will learn the basic techniques of batik, and produce one or more colourful traditional batik designs or pictures on fabric, and several experimental works on paper