Batik is an ancient Indonesian wax-resist technique for imbuing cloth with intricate hand-drawn patterns. Participants will create one-of-a-kind batik designs on cotton using natural plant dyes. Batik is a fun, versatile, and mindful practice to add to your maker’s toolbox and is well-suited for textile artists, quilters, fashionistas, and beginners alike. This workshop will include an introduction to batik history and motifs, materials, and mark making techniques using a traditional tjanting drawing tool. In addition, this workshop will cover natural plant dye-making, mordanting, overdyeing, and dyeing for gradations of color. Participants will produce dynamic designs with hand-drawn lines, dots, and through layering of color. Using a plant-driven palette, we will explore the subtle, everchanging hues of the desert landscape and add color to cloth. We will use a warm range of natural dyes , Weld, Osage Orange, Sequoia, Madder, and Logwood , and combine dyes to make a set of color swatches.
Each participant will create hand-dyed batik cotton samples, a one-of-a-kind bandana, and develop a personal batik project. With instructor guidance, the personal batik project will be uniquely designed to support each individual’s own artistic practice and creative goals. By deriving color from plants and inspiration from the high desert, we will deepen our connection with the surrounding area and mother earth. Through meditative making, we will organically draw imagery and patterns from inner and outer landscapes. An optional group hike and open afternoons will offer workshop participants plenty of time for visual reflection and sketching. Ample studio time will be available for participants to practice mark making, to experiment with dyes, and to work on more complex personal projects. At the end of the week, each participant will walk away with the knowledge to set-up their own home batik studio and begin independently working with natural dyes