|Saturday 7th July
Naomi Stephenson joined the world of natural dying with the ancient art of batik. The class began by wrapping various leaf matter in silk scarfs, then steaming the parcels to extract a variety of colour and prints. Everyday kitchen utensils from potato mashers to cookie cutters as well as found objects such as shaped wires and gum nuts were then used to create wax resists on fabric samples using hot bees wax. The group then began experimenting with a variety of natural dyes made from onions, carrots and walnuts layering colour and wax to achieve interesting patterns and designs. Next a variety of mordants were used to change and enhance the colours.
|A variety of interesting colours were achieved as the dyes reacted with not only the mordants but also with one another, resulting in brilliant blue and greens as well as deep rich browns, purples, greys and reds contrasted by the resist of the batik. Once the bundles had finished steaming, they were unwrapped revealing a variety of leaf prints with tones of brown juxtaposed with beautiful reds. These prints were then preserved with wax and dyed again using the skills and techniques learnt during the experiments to create layer upon layer of colour and print.|