On this course, batik skills and free creativity are combined to create wax resist paintings and objects. Batik techniques used on paper are very versatile and encourage experimentation. You can expect to make simple abstract designs with marks from brushes and a tjanting, which can be developed in further stages of applying layers of wax and dyes, until you achieve your desired final result. Explore the many possibilities with dye, bleach and melted wax on different qualities of paper. Using a viewfinder, you can choose a detail for a new composition, which is more spontaneous than following a given design and can create an artistic surprise. Details can be used as a starting point for a new piece of work; collage can be used as a way to create layers and shapes, which can be moved around to give an idea a better chance to develop without being forced. The waxed papers can be used in objects like making artists’ books and folders.
This working method is free, fast and playful, exploring beyond the limits of the traditional batik craft. These methods have been developed and explored by the tutor in her personal work over many years, following on from considerable experience in traditional batik on fabric.
The course will include:
• Experimenting with dye and bleach to create unforeseen and spontaneous images
• Collage of patterns with a variety of papers
• Wax printing on paper using a hot iron over waxed fabric
• Ideas for making objects, such as folders and cards, suitable for personal gifts
Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above
Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.
6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).
8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.
Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.
From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).
Evening working - students may have access to workshops until 9pm, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.
Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.
Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.
(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)
Hetty Van Boekhout has worked as a batik artist for over 40 years. She studied art and design in Maastricht, textile art in Antwerp. She gives masterclasses in batik, in Europe and the USA.
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