Gordon has been practicing the art of batik for more than 18 years in Boulder and Miami. I was unfamiliar with this popular Indonesian fabric design, so Gordon explained, “The process of batik involves outlining a design on a shirt using hot wax, painting the design with dyes, waxing over the design to keep the colors in place, and finally dying the final piece of cloth. The wax simply gets washed out in the process and you are left with a one-of-a-kind piece of art.”
I couldn't wait to test it out, but that nervous feeling I get when I'm doing something new crept up on me. However, the owners and employees were so calm as they walked me and the boys through the process that I really enjoyed myself. I kept repeating the montra they have written cheerfully on the chalkboard in the back room, "There are no mistakes in art." This especially applies to batik. It's ok if the end result is a little messy. It actually looks better!
Here's some pictures of Oscar's experience. After the jump is Owen's (aka the artist) experience. I highly recommend Hiho Batik. You can walk-in or reserve the space for any occasion. I can't wait to go back and pick up our shirts. Read more details about my exsperience in an article I did for Elizabeth Street here.
|That's Julia Gordon helping Oscar with his design. Plus, a mug full of permanent markers!!|
|goofy face. he's stoked. i want that dog.|
|This is Oscar pouring the hot wax onto the shirt. Super hot but super safe thanks to Julia keeping a watchful eye.|
|I couldn't tell if my boys were more thrilled to paint or wear rubber gloves.|
|Here's an example of a finished product. Buy this Dino Bones shirt here. Comes in adult size, too ha ;)|
|loved the artist who helped Owen. Isn't he gorgeous?|
|See there it is...There are no mistakes in art :)|
|Buy Bandit Owl here and Dino Bones here|
|Owen wears this bandit owl shirt any chance he can get. Since he has to wear a uniform to school, sometimes he stuffs it in his backpack and changes into after school. haha.|