Batik, an ancient method of painting on fabric with wax and dyes, is my medium. Nature, the seasons, farms and animals – especially horses – are my favorite themes. The horse expresses so much flowing movement, dynamic tension, the striving of life. Once the wax is heated it never stops flowing as it is applied with brushes to the fabric and also with the ancient tjanting tool (a copper or brass bowl with a spout) that applies lines.
I enjoy the sensuous flow of the wax, which has a will of it’s own, as it spreads into the cloth. The beeswax and paraffin has special line effects and crackling qualities. I am always excited by the magic of the wax and dyes when I iron the wax from from the fabric.
I hope when you look at my batik work you will feel happy and energized by this fiber art medium.