Expedition Batikback opening at Co-Lab!

The opening of Expedition Batikback was such an awesome evening. It was well attended, a lot of friends came out to support, and I even sold a piece! My mom came to visit for the weekend too. What a treat! <3

My two large pieces, one of Ryan's pieces peeking through, Steef's boiled eggs, Floor van het Nederend's cityscape

My two large pieces, one of Ryan's pieces peeking through, Steef's boiled eggs, Floor van het Nederend's cityscape

Naturally, I was in the studio - the Batik Lounge - up until the last minute working on my pieces, so I shot a few more behind the scenes photos:

 

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trash n scraps

Steef finishing off one of my little pieces, such a sweet and helpful soul <3

Steef finishing off one of my little pieces, such a sweet and helpful soul <3

Little last minute baby drying in the sun after being boiled out. 

Little last minute baby drying in the sun after being boiled out. 

Sketch of the gallery while I was waiting on my final piece to boil

Sketch of the gallery while I was waiting on my final piece to boil

Photos from the opening:

 

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When your crazy friends are getting ready to embark on an all-nighter 200k ride but still come out to support beforehand!! <3 <3 <3 

When your crazy friends are getting ready to embark on an all-nighter 200k ride but still come out to support beforehand!! <3 <3 <3 

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See Expedition Batikback at Co-Lab Thursday - Saturday 12-6pm until August 26th, 2017. 

Preparing work for Expedition Batikback

Steef Crombach, artist and curator, found me via the #atxart hashtag on Instagram. It kind of blows my mind that such an awesome opportunity came about thanks to a hashtag. When she emailed me a proposal to participate in a group batik exhibition, I was skeptical, but excited. So much too good to be true art crap in my inbox. After a few emails and meeting with her and the other artists at a coffee shop, it was clear that Steef knew what she was doing and this was actually happening. 

Steef preparing test canvasses for our first workshop to learn the technique. 

Steef preparing test canvasses for our first workshop to learn the technique. 

Co-Lab generously offered the back area of their current downtown space, DEMOgallery, for us to use as a studio. It has a giant garage door that opens up to the alley at 8th and Brazos, so it's a lively space to work, lots of people passing by, including some bike messenger friends and curious people who come into the studio and ask about the works. 

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Manik rinses off a finished piece in the alley. 

Manik rinses off a finished piece in the alley. 

Melted soy or beeswax (each gives a slightly different effect, the soy less forgiving so dye shows through in the crackles) is applied to stretched cotton fabric with paintbrushes. Hand-mixed dye made from pigment and a chemical water mix is painted on, the wax acting as a resist. The works need to dry overnight, then be rinsed off with the hose, then soaked, then boiled to get the wax out. The boiling process is rough and I had to throw away a lot of my kitchen utensils because they were coated with wax. Weird because usually I'm just so good at doing things and not making a mess, you know. /s

Wax melting

Wax melting

Wax applied to the fabric before dye

Wax applied to the fabric before dye

Chart of pigment colors

Chart of pigment colors

Dyes are labeled so others know what color they are

Dyes are labeled so others know what color they are

Mixing dye test spots

Mixing dye test spots

Working on my first large piece

Working on my first large piece

After drying, before it gets rinsed off in the alley. 

After drying, before it gets rinsed off in the alley. 

I love the colors in my second piece...

I love the colors in my second piece...

DEMOGallery's back space filled with giant pieces drying out

DEMOGallery's back space filled with giant pieces drying out

Expedition Batikback opens August 5th, 2017 at Co-Lab in Austin, Texas. RSVP to the Facebook event. See you there!

My first café show: Hyde Park Grill South

I met Anne Ducote, the curator for Hyde Park Grill and Blue Dahlia, two years ago when she visited my open studio during the West Austin Studio Tour. Both restaurants had always stood out to me as showcasing high quality work, so I was excited to work with her to install some of my pieces at Hyde Park Grill South. 

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Paintings hanging out at home the night before. The two abstractions are new works completed within the last month or two. 

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I wasn't sure about the teeth piece... but I figured, it's Halloween time! I decided to risk it. The neon yellow and pink painting are my first acrylic work in years. It's an experiment in producing more minimal abstractions than my usual chaotic multi layered works. 

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Kylie Jenner and Faerie Quilt hanging out together before installation. 

Anne hanging my Bike Grandma drawing. 

Jeffrey Primeuax, also an Austin-based painter, was installing work that morning as well. He was very helpful - here he is holding Snooki Von Fro Yo, hung right above the host station as you enter the restaurant. 

I really enjoyed Jeffrey's paintings of pigeons, grackles and fish, they exude a wonderful serene energy. 

The mustard yellow walls in the waiting area actually provided a nice backdrop for my pieces. 

Smaller pieces hanging in a nicely lit window corner. 

My intuition was correct. When I visited the space on Sunday, these two pieces weren't on the wall. Haha - too scaryyy! Where my creepy art collectors at? These paintings got a great reception at my WEST open studio, especially with kids who thought they were funny/about eating noodles. 

My drawings and paintings will be up at Hyde Park Grill South until November 8. Just in time to take them to the studio and set up for EAST! Hope to see you there. More info soon! :)