Birds of Batik

Batik is a technique of wax-resist dyeing applied to the whole cloth, or cloth made using this technique. Of Javanese origin, 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. Or, in other words…. batik-ing is cool! Ms. Halpin’s Leaving Certificate Art students mastered the batik technique, transforming tropical birds into something even more beautiful. Below you see the original photos and the resulting masterpieces. Pretty impressive work from the students… and from Ms. Halpin, who has been forced to take her art show on the road, or at least- the corridor, because of Covid restrictions.