A short history of indigo’s use around the world, and its role in St. Augustine’s past, plus a hands on demonstration of batik and the idigo dying process will be presented Saturday Feb 22, at Butterfield Gallery.
Cindy Wilson will give a demo of the process of batik, an ancient decorative art form that uses melted wax and dye on cotton fabric. The wax is used to block areas from dye, colors build by dying the lightest colors first, waxing them after the surface has dried, and continuing to wax and dye and rinse, working from light to dark colors until the pattern or image is complete. Cindy uses this technique to create fine art pieces. The intensity of color possible with dyes on fabric, and the fluidness in drawing with melted wax, creates a unique style; and sets batik pieces apart from painting.
This will be a hands on demo, participants will have the opportunity to experiment with applying wax and watching indigo work its magic.