Tropic of Batik

Batik holds a special place in Kate’s heart. She first fell in love with batik at a workshop in Montana with Scottish artist Morag Benepe. Little did they know that one day Kate would wind up living in Java, where she not only set up her studio, but was perfectly poised to make pilgrimages to the workshops of famous batik artists such as Oey Soe Tjien and Jane Hendromartono. From classical batik to direct painting on silk was not much of a stretch for Kate; she delights in drawing freely and spontaneously with either molten wax or gutta percha. The vibrant colors of the tropics are perfectly suited for the brilliant dyes possible only on silk.