Experimenting with batik at Lakeview Studio

At Lakeview Hotel we had a studio to work in with, of course a magnificent view.

View from Lakeview studio.
View from Lakeview studio.
Studio with a view. Batik art sketches by Marina Elphick, UK batik artist.
Studio with a view.

I felt compelled to batik, having seen and learned so much and having watched so many skilled men and women at work with their cantings.
There was little preparation, I wanted to get on with it quickly as I only had a couple of days in the studio. I sketched my versions of the traditional batik motifs I’d seen, on swatches of fabric trying not to get too precious in my approach.

Batiking the Javanese  way, Marina Elphick UK batik artist working on contemporary batik sketches for planned batik art works.
Batiking the Javanese way.

After weeks of travelling, sightseeing and a busy schedule it was very therapeutic to be sitting on the floor batiking in the same way as some of the Javanese ladies I had seen. I have to say it got a bit uncomfortable after a while, but it was interesting to know how they feel when working !

Design using Nitik.
Design using Nitik.

The customised “Nitik” canting that Tatang got for me
worked well but I didn’t have the same control as the Indonesian ladies, it will certainly take some practice !

Work in progress.
Work in progress.
First and second wax and dye.
First and second wax and dye.
Second and third stages of waxing and dyeing.
Second and third stages of waxing and dyeing.

I hope to glean from my experiences in Indonesia and find a new way to move my own batik forward. It will be an extension to my “route ” of discovery.

Design using Kuwang and Parang inspired motifs.
Design using Kuwang and Parang inspired motifs.
Batik design awaiting its final contrast dye.
Batik design awaiting its final contrast dye.
Cristiana sketching while my work dries in the sun
Cristiana sketching while my work dries in the sun
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