About my fine art media:
Batik is an ancient complex art that utilizes textile dyes and wax resist to create unique designs on natural fabrics. Practiced in Egyptian times and in China Japan, Java and Indonesia from the 8th century thru to today to produce decorated cloth for clothing and wall hangings. In the1920’s modern dyestuffs started to replace traditional vegetable dyes changing the potential visual possibilities by bringing a deeper, darker and more varied colour pallet to the artististsan.
“I dipped my brush in dye and touched it to the white fabric stretched out on a wooden frame,
the colour spread stopping here and there as it met wax. It was magical and I knew that I had to learn all about it.”
I have been exploring this process (for more than 40 years) to produce fine art through the use of: textile dyes and various types of hot waxes as my paints; hot waxes as a resist; natural fabrics made up of cottons, hemp, silk, linen bamboo, rayon and mixes there of as my canvases; and tjantings, water colour and acrylic brushes as my drawing and painting tools.
My Batik process and techniques can best be compared to water colour, but much less forgiving.
About Jenn, the artist:
Jenn Raby’s art education started early. Her mother provided her with inspiration and a nurturing, creative environment. Having early formal schooling in the history of Fine arts and training in their medias Jenn ultimately found her visual voice with batik and water colour in her twenties. Her passion for Batik was born and has been keep alive and well by it’s unique elements and petulant requirement of the artist for innovative thinking and action.
Within a few years she longed to share the joy and magic of this process with others and began to offer classes to adults through the Ottawa City Programs.
Jenn now offers creative and structured courses leveled from intros, to advanced and beyond in batik, drawing and water colour in Perth and Cornwall and draws enthusiastic students from a wide geographic area. Jenn has also donated her time to Youth Services and to Seniors at Carolina Court in Perth.
Jenn is an active member of the Rideau Lakes Art Association, an honorary member of Focus Art in Cornwall and the President and co-founder of the Batik Artists Association of Canada (BAAC).
I create a new body of work every year still exploring batik as my primary visual voice with passion and amazement.
If you wish to immerse yourself in a very innovate art experience, come join me in one of my 3 to 5 day workshops.
BATIK Workshop Offerings 613-267-8752
The BATIK Experience (3 to 4 day workshop*)** 2017 Septemper 11, 12, 13, 14 in Perth, Ontario
Introduction to the traditional fundamentals of Batik but focused on the production of up to six finished works of art with all materials supplied
BATIK Progressive Into the 21 century (4 day workshop*)** 2017 June 26,27,28,29 in Perth, Ontario
Batik using a combination of traditional fundamentals with the introduction of direct hand painted dyes (with a simplified pallet) and focused on the production of four to six works of art with all materials supplied.
BATIK Advanced (4 day workshop*)**
More complex approaches utilizing all previous modes while extending the material types and dye application options. The size of each project will be more flexible and number produced will be dependant the challenge level engaged. All materials supplied
BATIK MASTER Workshop (4 day workshop*) 2017 March 27,28,29,30 in Cornwall Ontatio
Exploratory, innovative, forward thinking, experimental Batik Pulling out all the stops
Costs: Materials $140.00 per student (optional may bring all your own supplies) Room and room equipment rental to be determined depending on location shared by all workshop members
* Daily Schedule:
Teacher Set up 9:00 – 10:00
Class start 10:00
Class finish 3:30
Teacher Set down 3:30-4:00
** Workshop Cost$
Materials $140.00 Per student
Teaching $120.00 per student
Room and room equipment rental to be determined depending on location