During the month of March, the studio will be available for those of you wishing to work on your own projects, perhpas duplicating what you have learned or experimenting on your own. The studio will be open for returning students Saturdays, 11-3 and Wednesdays 11-3. It is also possible to email or text me and say, "Alexi, what about Tuesday from 12-3pm?" and I will see if that will work. Generally it will. The point is, I am very flexible and would love to have any and all of you continue if you so desire. Cost for returning students is either $10/hr or you can purchase a voucher for 12 hours for $100. Voucher hours can be applied to classes. It is not hour for hour, but value for value. So let's say you want to use $50 of your voucher towards a class, that would be deducted from the cost of the class.
Starting in April, I will begin a new series of classes to be announced.
Feel free to email me at Alexi637@sbcglobal.net with any questions.
Also feel free to follow me on Instagram or Facebook or Etsy. Just type in LadyWhoLovesBirds, all one word, and my pages should come up.
EXPERIENCE: None required
Cost for your class covers instruction, fabric (fine cotton or silk depending on the class, as well as numerous small samplers for practice or mini pieces), beeswax (100%), use of all tools, irons, soldering irons, etc. With a single, 3 hour class, students can expect to create a SIMPLE DESIGN and receive an introductory lesson in the interesting and versatile technique of BATIK or WAX PAINTING. Additional classes are recommended for students who want to explore BATIK and its various methods in depth.
Classes are held at my studio which is in the GROUND LEVEL BASEMENT of my Victorian Home on the Westside of Santa Cruz: 637 Columbia Street on the corner of Monterey, one short block from Delaware. This is also where I hold my Open Studios in October and December. Very accessible, albeit one must watch their step. The studio is quite unique. For me, it has always represented the freedom to create and it is all set up for 4 students.
WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT:
Once you sign up, I will email you some information about the BATIK process and your design choices. You have the option to pick up your chosen design and fabric if you are so able. If you have the time to draw your design onto your fabric at home, this would give you more time in class for actual waxing. If you do not/cannot do this, then you will choose your design on arrival from the designs that I offer OR you can bring your own. You will receive a specific amount of fabric for your artwork of the day and smaller sampler pieces for practice. You will trace your chosen design onto your cloth. If you did this ahead of time, you will start right in with practice. I will instruct you as to how to use the hot wax with our tjanting tools. There will be some practice time with the wax on practice cloth and then you will apply the hot wax to your fabric where you want it to be white. Depending on the class, you will wax from one to two hours. Once we wax all our white areas, we will examine the back for penetration. This is very important so that the wax fully resists the dye. We may need to wax the back a bit more or use a soldering iron to make sure that the wax creates that necessary resist. Once we are satisfied that the wax is right, we will submerge our fabric in our vat of dye or paint on our dyes and hang it to dry. We will take a break while it dries. And lastly, your will iron your piece to remove the wax. With silk, we have one additional step that requires rinsing our silk in a solvent: Goo-Off. It will need to air dry at home and then be ironed. You can also leave it with me to hang outside and then come back and iron (included in with class fee).
Classes are small, 4 students. Students are encouraged to take multiple classes with discounts given.
To sign up or for any questions, contact me directly at Alexi637@sbcglobal.net. To hold your spot, payment is expected at the time of signup: Paypal, mail or put in my mailbox. Refunds are given up to one week in advance of the class. Less notice entitles the student to another class.
HOSTED Classes: These are PARTY Classes. You choose the date, the time (3 hour minimum), for 3-4 students.
Once students have taken one of my introductory classes, they will have the option to continue on as Open Studio Students for $10/hr, or they can purchase a voucher for 12 hours for $100. (Fabric is additional for open studio options, or you may bring your own, sized appropriately-no larger than 18”’x18”. It must be 100% cotton and free of any sizing. To purchase from me, the cotton fabric is $10, or $5 if you want it RAW; this means you would wash and iron it yourself.) Silk is $20/$15. This means you can come to the various open studio times that I offer or can set up a regular time to come to the studio. I will be present but not actively teaching a NEW TECHNIQUE; this will take place in my classes. Other times are also available, including Sundays, also by appointment. This is a wonderful way to continue on with your study of this wonderful medium. You may trade value for value towards classes. This means you may use $50 of your voucher and deduct $50 from one of the classes.
My website is www.ladywholovesbirds.com.
My Instagram account is www.Instagram.com/LadyWhoLovesBirds
My Etsy shop is www.etsy.com/shop/ladywholovesbirds.