Colleen Swenson's Profile

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Welcome to my shop!

Watercolor was my introduction to the art world. When wintering in Florida four years ago I took a watercolor class. The craft room was full of beautiful silk pieces.
"Could I do this?“ That began my journey with Batik art.

My instructor was Shalini Tandon. She is from India and I learned the art of Batik from one of the best. Since then I have continued to work on my own feeling my way around the field of Batik art.

Batik is an ancient time consuming process. It is a form of art applying wax resist dying techniques in fabric. The fabric is stretched on a wooden frame. The design is delicately hand drawn using a "janting", a small copper container with a wooden handle through which the wax flows. Once the wax hardens the silk is painted with…

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  • Female
  • Born on November 20
  • Joined May 8, 2010

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About

Welcome to my shop!

Watercolor was my introduction to the art world. When wintering in Florida four years ago I took a watercolor class. The craft room was full of beautiful silk pieces.
"Could I do this?“ That began my journey with Batik art.

My instructor was Shalini Tandon. She is from India and I learned the art of Batik from one of the best. Since then I have continued to work on my own feeling my way around the field of Batik art.

Batik is an ancient time consuming process. It is a form of art applying wax resist dying techniques in fabric. The fabric is stretched on a wooden frame. The design is delicately hand drawn using a "janting", a small copper container with a wooden handle through which the wax flows. Once the wax hardens the silk is painted with quality dyes. The wax painted areas resist the dye and stay white. The process can be repeated to add additional layers of color and wax-resisting areas.

Once the painting is completed the dyes need to be steam-fixed to become colorfast. This process makes the colors brighter and more intense. The colors in Batik are much more resistant to wear than those of painted or printed fabrics because the cloth is completely immersed in dye and the areas not protected by resist are allowed to absorb hues to the extent that the colors will not easily fade. Wearable art should be hand washed in cool water and ironed damp and the color will not come out. Do ot wash wall art as the color will stay for a long time.

This is something I never dreamed I could do and am enjoying every minute I spend in my home studio. Silk is my fabric of choice and each piece I do is unique and one-of-a-kind.

If you see an item you would like in a different color or design contact me through Custom Orders. If you are inspired by something you see that gives you an idea for something special for you, contact me.

My pieces are displayed at three local boutiques. I have been featured in the St. Cloud Art Crawl and several craft shows. I have done a commercial commission project.

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