All of my silk pieces are hand-dyed with the batik
process. Areas of the cloth are impregnated with wax to form
a design, the unwaxed parts accepting the dye, the waxed resisting
it. I repeat this process as many times as is necessary to get
the desired colours and pattern for each dress length or scarf.
The wax is removed from the silk which is then washed and pressed,
preparing it to begin assembling the garment.
On occasion, I will cut the garment pieces before
beginning the batik process, which allows me to to place the
designs precisely where I want them to appear on the body. This
is an important aspect of my work as commercial fabrics cannot
be so directly manipulated for design effect. I also do some
all over patterns focusing on bright and moving colours, again
achieving colour sequences which cannot be duplicated commercially
because of the dye technique.
I have used my craft and design skills to create
garments, which make the wearer, feel special while being comfortable.
My batik pieces include scarves, belts, jewelry, suits, dresses,
jackets, etc. They are all one of a kind items, and are all designed
and produced by myself.