Gina Pannorfi
Chicago, IL

In this work I use the traditional resist method of wax batik to explore surface-pattern and design. Through mark-making, painting, and improvisation I create a collection of one of a kind textiles for the body. I begin with white silk and design by saving the white silk first.  I use brushes to hand paint hot wax on to the silks surface. The wax penetrates the fabric and saves the color by creating a barrier between the silk and dye.  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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