Yesterday I started tutoring a batik course for Bee Wirral (Birkenhead Centre for Early Excellence) It will run for 5 weeks on Tuesday afternoons for adults living in the area. The work produced during the course will be exhibited in February in Birkenhead Park as part of a project called ‘Beautiful Birkenhead’. We are working on paper and cotton and themes will include trees, flowers, Bidston Hill windmill and the Chinese Pagoda in the park. A good start was made in the first session, even though some people couldn’t attend. In the picture Pauline is using the tjanting to add more wax lines before painting on dye the second time.
The batik was finished the following week with a further dye and wax application and immersion in a navy blue dyebath. This brought everything together in a brilliant way! Pauline ironed out the wax and the piece will be framed for the exhibition.