Saturday, January 17, 2009
Diva Batiking with Gary Fey
Yesterday we had the most amazing class on Batiking. The master Batiker- Gary Fey, was quite the charismatic artist and super encouraging to boot. He showed us all his amazing art and the complicated techniques. We spent from 1 to 6pm there learning the ways of the master.
We started off with a patterned piece of silk which we then did some light underpainting on which gave us the 'multi colored line technique' and was a 'planned surprise' which seemed to be a particularly inspirational part of Gary's work. We then drew our simple designs (which our class may have not known the meaning of the word simple, but we enjoyed it all the same) and then traced it onto silk with wax. This was a rather stressful process of roto-routing (translation: de-clogging the waxing tools), catching drips, and re-dipping.
Then came the really fun part of coloring it with the different dyes. After this there was another layer of wax and another layer of paint.
We finished with a little handwriting analysis (which Gary specialized in and gave some very startling declarations about) and our Batik diplomas (translation: batik wrapped in paper towel with our names on them)... Very cool... Very cool....