Definition of Batik

Batik is a process of creating designs on fabric by applying hot liquid wax to cloth and then dying it. The molten wax is applied to the cloth with brushes or a special batik instrument called a tjanting tool, and the wax penetrates the cloth and hardens. When the fabric is dyed, the wax acts as a resister, preventing the dye from entering the cloth in the waxed areas, and thus creating a design on the fabric. This process can be repeated several times, each time adding more design and color. The work remains veiled in wax throughout the process. It is only when the wax is completely removed that the work is unveiled and you see the true colors for the first time. Batik is an immediate process with an ever-present element of non-control. No matter how much skill and control one develops, the medium exerts a will of its own.




Although batik originated thousands of years ago, Dorn uses this ancient medium to create colorful landscape interpretations on fabric, while exploring the incredible light, people and spirituality of the world around us. She has been expressing her passion in this medium for more than 40 years, including teaching classes and the illustration of two published children's books. Her work has won numerous awards and is in many private collections. Currently living in the mountains of Southern New Mexico, she continues to explore the limitless possibilities of color, fabric and design.