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Featured Artist : Kristen Collins Crumbley | KC Batik
Artist Bio / Statement
My name is Kristen Collins Crumbley. I began KC Batik, custom batik tee shirts, among other things, in October 2012. I used to paint on canvas with acrylics but my two childrens' walls were quickly filled and I just couldn't add more. I saw a 5 minute clip of Martha Stewart creating batik tees and I thought that it would be simple and fun. Turns out there were LOTS of learning curves, numerous mistakes and disasters that went straight into the trash can. I am still learning every day. I learned everything from trial and error, dying forums and Dharma's Tutorials! I still contact Dharma frequently for consultation on using certain colors.
I have created very personal tee shirts based on customer requests of sentimental images of things such as pets, boats, toys kids like and I have even used a photo of a little skier to put it on a shirt for the little boy. People are so amazed that they have wearable art of their favorite things. I ADORE the use of color! Can't get enough of it! I am inspired by nature, unique photos and the challenge to create something very intricate.
Dharma Products Used
Dharma Fiber Reactive Procion Dyes
This is the #1 best dye we recommend for tie-dye, batik, dye-painting or screening, etc. on cotton, rayon, bamboo, Tencel®, linen and other natural fibers. Also for solid color dyeing and many other techniques!
Batik Dropper Pen
Allows you to do fine design work that's not possible with other tools.
1lb. blocks of pre-mixed 50/50 combination of Paraffin and Sticky Wax. Melts at 150° F.
Synthrapol is used as both a pre-wash and as an after-wash. A "must have" for dyers! New - low foam version is also available.
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