Gina Pannorfi

Chicago, IL

In this work I explore the process of traditional batik resist to create a collection of one of a kind textiles. I use brushes and hot wax to hand paint each shape in an improvisational pattern. The wax penetrates the fabric and creates a barrier between the silk and applied dye color. I begin with white silk and design by saving the white silk first. I then paint over the waxed design and exposed silk with translucent fiber reactive dye. Once that new color layer is dry, I proceed to save that color using this resist method. I continue to cover the piece with wax building layers of color and pattern until the darkest layer is achieved. The wax is then removed and the piece is returned to its original state.
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