Making Modern Batiks:: Part 2

Recently I mentioned that one of my techniques for accomplishing a task I'm not keen on is giving myself a reward after finishing that task.

I thought I'd need to do this with creating the power point for tomorrow's lecture. it certainly seemed to as I started this morning. First, I was a little resentful that, having already created this lecture, I was essentially, redoing it from the beginning. Mind you, that resentment was directed at me, but it was definitely there.

The grumbling continued through the first few slides as they seemed to take a really long time. "I'm going to be here ALL day!" I thought. The slow progression of those first couple of slides was also my fault as I insisted (to myself) that I had to create the images in InDesign and then import them to PowerPoint. Huh?

I can't even argue this was the first time I've discovered this unnecessary step. 

Anyway, after an hour or so, things began to flow and I found myself charmed, yes charmed, by the images of things I used to make with my hand crafted fabric.

 Can't decide which I like better, the coasters or the picture of the coasters perched on my beloved cake plate.

Can't decide which I like better, the coasters or the picture of the coasters perched on my beloved cake plate.

 Loved looking back on these pillows. I made a bunch of them at one point.

Loved looking back on these pillows. I made a bunch of them at one point.

 Had to laugh at this creation. Why did I make a tufted pillow out of some drawn hand dyes??

Had to laugh at this creation. Why did I make a tufted pillow out of some drawn hand dyes??

Yesterday I mentioned that there were similarities and differences between my business then and now. The similarities are mostly in the process; I use pretty much the same wax and method for creating dye baths. I certainly finish the fabric in the same way, boiling and rinsing, washing and ironing.

What's changed is intention. A few years ago my goal was to figure out what I wanted to make, thus the tufted pillow. Now the focus is more about creating a unified look for all things a stitch in dye and figuring out how to make it as efficiently as possible. I'm more in the small batch production rather than the artisan mode. That's not a bad thing, but I'm a little surprised I didn't really notice until I spent time looking through older images.

That's also why, after a rough start, I found making the slideshow fun. I learned something about myself, laughed more than once, and now, am super excited to present my talk tomorrow night.

Making Modern Batiks

That's the title of the lecture I'm giving to the Tulsa Modern Quilt Guild this Thursday. Having given this lecture before, I thought a quick scan of previous images would refresh my memory and allow me to make a few notes updating the topic. I was wrong.

First, it's been a while since I've given this lecture and a lot of dye has passed under the bridge or into the baths. Also, my business model has changed in big ways, but, it happened over several years, so I  almost didn't notice it.  These shifts prompt me to ask what's changed and what is constant in my work?

Not surprisingly, me still being me, some things have remained the same and I thought I'd use today's post to highlight those, focusing on the changes tomorrow. In other words, I'm using this blog to prep my lecture. Thanks in advance for listening/reading.

Here's what I still do:

Make patterning using wax resist.

 I no longer use carrots to make this pattern, but, a carrot does make a fine circle.

I no longer use carrots to make this pattern, but, a carrot does make a fine circle.

I'm still melting wax, though now just beeswax as opposed to a mixture of paraffin and beeswax and dipping a variety of tools to create patterned fabric.

 A rainbow of finished fabrics on their way to a new home.

A rainbow of finished fabrics on their way to a new home.

I'm still (currently) primarily making quilting cotton. 

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I'm still using my hand dyes to design for magazines and books. The above images were both featured in Modern Patchwork Magazine in the past few years.

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I'm still experimenting with integrating my fabrics into my another sewing passion, making garments.

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I'm still and, hopefully, always answering the question, "What can I make with this fabric?"