Saturday, February 25, 2012

Reaching Up (capable)























This lonely, capable vine is reaching up, finding it's way to a place above the expected norm.  Perhaps it is looking for the warmth of the sun.  Perhaps it is finding it's own independence. 

Notice the small white heart in the sky. That imperfection was a mistake.  For some reason, the fabric did not take the dye in that area.  There are no accidents and I love the additional message this batik seems to want to express.  Maybe that is what the vine is looking for - the heart.

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    1. Thank you, Josh. I haven't been working in batiks for very long but I love the affect.

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  2. Really great! The leaves and vines are masterfully done. Love the colors!

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    1. Thank you, Cindy. You know how much I love your work!

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  3. Beautiful batik work! Love the organic style you have accomplished here...

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  4. I just love this one and totally agree about happy art "accidents"! They usually make a good idea, even better...

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    1. I think that is what I really appreciate about batik. It has taught me to let go of some of the control and work within it's limitations yet endless possibilities. Thanks for your comments Robin.

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  5. There's a feeling of coming home to this piece. Love the way the batik breaks up the sky, as though it were laced by veins, cobwebs, connections, traces of dreams followed that led you to this place, this moment.

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    1. Yes, I love the "connective-ness" the batik process creates.

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  6. it's absolutely wonderful! what medium did you use?

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  7. I use an ancient art process called batik. It is traditionally used as a dye process for fabrics and textiles but I use it to create fine art. It is done on cotton and each color is created by dipping in a vat of dye and then fixed. Molten wax is used to preserve the color and additional dye baths blend to create new colors.

    On this piece, I started with blue and protected that area with wax. I then dipped the fabric in yellow (not green) as yellow and the already blue fabric create the perfect green. This one only required 4 dye baths but the wheat batiks in the older posts required 7-8.

    I am working on a FB and blog post that will show the step by step process. Stayed tuned. https://www.facebook.com/artbatik

    You work is beautiful Joddi. You take digital art to a new level.

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  8. Yay, I found you! This piece and everything else I've seen here is stunning. Batik is a very difficult process to work with. You are most certainly pushing it to its limits. Beautiful, beautiful work.
    Steve

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  9. Thank you Steve, it is nice to be found :)

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  10. Love the narrative on this one and the lovely colors and shapes.

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