Look closely at Carolyn Doe’s batik paintings. You’ll see a remarkable depth of surprise, detail and nuance unique to this art form, and further expressed through her skillful handling of the medium. Carolyn’s skills are honed from 26 years of experimentation and creation. She taught herself the basics of the batik process in 1991, and has been making it her own ever since.
To understand a bit about how the magic of batik happens, Carolyn shared her creative process.
First there’s the inspiration. Carolyn’s first imaginings happen in nature… out in the field, carrying a sketchbook, she draws landscape, foliage and creatures that resonate with her reverence for the natural world. Back in the studio, she refines the sketches and uses various methods — including copies, tape, and new sketching — to compose the working drawing for the piece.
Then, the silk is stretched on a frame, and Carolyn lays down silk dyes for background colors. Sometimes she uses salt during this step, making use of how it reacts with the dyes in unexpected and interesting ways.
The drawing is placed under the sheer silk frame, and Carolyn applies pure beeswax with a special heated stylus called a tjanting tool. She outlines areas to create resistance-boundaries where dye cannot go. Once those outlined boundaries are in place, Carolyn paints with the dyes in a careful yet free-flowing style.
The wax is then removed to reveal both outlines and fields of delicate flowing color.
Look closely at Carolyn Doe’s batik paintings again. You’ll be even more amazed at how the batik process is at once both simple and magical.
Gallery 9 is delighted at the breadth and depth of our artist members. Carolyn sums up what makes her engagement with Gallery 9 so rewarding, “The wonderful community of artists that make up Gallery 9!”