Workshop: Batik Dyeing

When: Saturday 16 March, 10.30am - 3.30pm

Where: Workshop within the Commonwealth Growth Centre, MAMA.

Price: $120 ($108 moMAMA / Concession), includes Thai lunch and materials

Learn the traditional art of Thai Batik dyeing in this full day masterclass with local Thai artist, Jinni Oupatham.

Batik Dyeing originated in Indonesia, with variations of the technique spreading throughout South-East Asia. Batik uses fine lines of hot wax to create patterns on cloth, which is then dipped or painted with dye, before the wax is removed. This ancient technique has been adapted across many cultures, with the Thai Batik tradition taking on a bolder, larger, more vibrant style, often featuring floral details and hand-painted scenes. Other forms of Batik use finer patterns with more geometry, and layers of dipping in dye.

Under Jinni's tuition you will learn the basic tools and techniques of Batik so that you may begin experimenting with the diversity of this unique style.

What you will make

Each student will decorate a scarf-sized piece of cotton (150cm x 40cm). The finished cotton can be finished as a scarf, pillowslip, wall hanging, table runner, dress panel, or another project of your choosing. You are welcome to bring in a specific piece of cotton for a project you have in mind, if you prefer.

What you will learn

Students will cover the foundation techniques for planning and executing a complete Batik design.

  • Planning your project: What shapes and designs work well with Batik for beginners
  • Sketching your design: Transferring your design ideas onto the fabric
  • Applying the resist medium (hot wax) onto the fabric along the lines with the traditional canting tool
  • Blending dyes & techniques for painting
  • Finishing techniques and dye fixing

The final step will be completed after the workshop in your home kitchen, as the dye needs to set overnight with the fixing agent before the hot wax can be boiled out.

Preparation for the workshop

Students are encouraged to think about their project ahead of time and come prepared with sketches and ideas for the 150cm x 40cm piece.

As a first time Batik student, it will be helpful to keep your design simple. Think of your design like a colouring book, with wax lines that will remain white, and shapes in between that you will hand paint with a brush.

Thai Batik designs commonly feature large floral patterns, butterflies, underwater scenes and other natural motifs. Jinni will bring many examples to class for inspiration, if you are stuck for ideas beforehand.

What to Bring

Although all materials are provided, you may wish to bring a small piece of cotton to do a quick practice before you start your main project. This isn't necessary, many students are enthusiastic to start on their main project immediately.

If you are interested in experimenting with another textile, or have a specific project in mind (such as a dress panel or tote bag), you are welcome to bring your own fabric along, as long as it is a natural cotton or silk.

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Meet the Tutor: Jinni Oupatham

Jinni studied a Bachelor of Art in Thailand majoring in drawing, sculpture, and painting, before completing an additional year to become a Master Artist in Batik Art. Supplementing her personal arts practice, Jinni worked as a graphic designer in Thailand for 14 years, holding many roles in the commercial fabric and fashion industry, including design consultant for an international textile business. Jinni's designs can be found on beachwear and fashion textiles around the world.

Now enjoying her 6th year in Albury, Jinni continues to explore a variety of mediums in her arts practice, but enjoys returning to her first love of Batik Art in her workshops at MAMA.