November 18, 2011
Using a traditional Indonesian tool called a T’janting (which looks like a miniature teapot on a stick), Marilyn Salomon carefully drips wax onto the areas of the fabric she wants to protect from the dye. “It’s easy to mess up this part,” she said.
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Marilyn Salomon’s face glows with joy. In her hands she holds an iron and a piece of newsprint paper, and beneath these two mundane objects lies the mystery of batik artwork, images created with wax and dyes on cloth. “This is one of the most exciting parts. You never know exactly what will come out. It’s an emotional high,” she said. Salomon has worked on this piece for the past couple of months. A black rim of fabric frames three panels, each showing a different Native American scene. She used at least 15 colors of dyes to capture the details of the figures depicted in her piece. She made this along with a batik of moccasins for the Western Artists of America show in Corsicana, Texas. The show will start at the end of March and run for about a month at the Pearce Museum on the Navarro College Campus.