Toni Spencer is our Guest Artistis for the month of April. Stop by for the reception and meet Toni and see her work:
Birds and Bikes
April 1st, From 5-9 PM
Toni has been showing her batiks as Guest Artist at PPP for many years. All her batiks start with her original drawings, which are often inspired by the shapes and colors of nature.
A resident of the Northwest since 1979 and of Idaho since 2001, Toni has taken part in art shows from Alaska to California for more than 30 years.
Batik is a "resist" technique. Melted wax is applied to the fabric, then the fabric is dipped in dye (the waxed areas "resist" the dyes). The fabric is allowed to dry before repeating the process again for each color in the design working from the lightest color to the darkest.
Care and planning must be taken with choice of colors because each new color mixes with the previous colors in the unwaxed areas. Mysterious and almost magical changes occur when waxed fabrics are dipped into different color baths.
The crackle or veining that appears in most Batiks is caused when the wax cracks and allows the dye to penetrate to the fabric. After the final color is applied, the wax is removed and the piece is ready for presentation.
See more of her work on her website!