Batik - Number I
Original batik drawing by Aleksandra Kalisz
Batik is a technique of wax-resist dyeing applied to whole cloth, or cloth made using this technique. Batik is made either by drawing dots and lines of the resist with a spouted tool called a canting, or by printing the resist with a copper stamp called a cap.
The applied wax resists dyes and therefore allows the artisan to colour selectively by soaking the cloth in one colour, removing the wax with boiling water, and repeating if multiple colours are desired.
Aleksandra Kalisz, b. 1992, Gdynia, Poland. Currently living and working in Venice, Italy. Studied Fine Art at the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdańsk. Got Master degree in the studio of Maciej Świeszewski in 2016. In 2014 participated in LPP Erasmus programme in Universidad Complutense de Madrid in Spain. Specializes in painting, drawing, and installation.
Kalisz have been drawing and painting since childhood. In her works, she focuses on lines and colors where she chooses the topics of interests which is often inspired by travels.
Currently, she is working on project "Act of pattern" where she is focused on the female body. Concentrated on the delicate and soft forms of the woman body she plays the game of shadows where light shows parts of women’s figures covered in patterned materials placed on colorful backgrounds.