Surface Design

Batik is a resist technique that uses wax to cover parts of the fabric you do not want to accept dye. I use soy wax as my resist. The waxed fabric is coated with a darker color, then the wax is removed. The result is a two-town or multicolor color fabric, depending on the dye colors used. Here are examples of my batik work.

This is an overview of my batik printing and dyeing process.

Here are examples of my batik work.

Monoprinting allows you to paint an image onto a smooth plate, with either fabric paint or thickened dye, and transfer that image to fabric. I mainly use thickened dye for my monoprinting. I have been practicing a technique that yields a simple blend of two or more colors. Here are some examples of my monoprinting.

Dye Painting
Using thickening agent, liquid dye can be given enough body to control with a paintbrush, spin table or squeeze bottle. Here are some examples of my dye painting.

Shibori is a tied resist technique. You can use a pole and cord, plastic or wood shapes, or simply tie the fabric against itself with cord. Here are some examples of my shibori work.

Screen Printing
Using a technique called Improvisational/Deconstructed Screen Printing, any number of serendipitous results can happen when you layer stencils and thickened dye. Here are some examples of my screen work.

Creative Immersion Dye
Using any level of water and colors, a random dispersion effect can be achieved on fabric. No two pieces are ever alike. Here are some examples of my immersion work.