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Batik artist Yaroslava Kuznetsova

Batik scarf waxwings on the vine

Scarf waxwings on the vine. Painting on silk by batik artist Yaroslava Kuznetsova

Batik artist Yaroslava Kuznetsova, known as the Master Amarga – a professional artist, member of the Moscow Union of Artists. Yaroslava has become engaged in batik quite recently. Although her experience in painting on fabric has a couple of decades, but they were painting scenery and costumes for the theater and cinema. Few specifics, other materials and for other purposes – the screen, and, especially, the scene, that is much more conventional, and “clothes” can not be used in everyday life. But she wanted to move all this beauty into life.

Batik scarf Wolf (detail)

Batik scarf Wolf (detail)

Yaroslava always loved things that are not only beautiful, but also functional. Batik happily combines both the first and second – painted fabric looks rich and festive, it can be worn as a scarf, beautifully draped, it will warm in the cold and protect from the sun and will last five or six years at least. Batik by Yaroslava Kuznetsova – author’s work. She does not copy other people’s work, all the pictures on batik – her own, and every thing in a single item, she does not use sketches and draws directly on the fabric.

Batik scarf Wolf

Batik scarf Wolf. Painting on silk by batik artist Yaroslava Kuznetsova

Materials of her work – one hundred percent silk, active preserve dyes that leave silk the same soft and flowing, as it was before painting. Her batik painting is a four-step work, the artist first paints the background, then all is steamed, then she paints details, and again all is steamed.

Batik scarf Wolf

Batik scarf Wolf

It is difficult to say who, when and where figured pattern on the fabric was applied with the help of reserving substances, ie substances that prevent the penetration of ink into the fabric. The role of these substances at different times in different regions was performed based on compositions of beeswax, various resins, flour, white clay, rice paste. The first records of the dyeing process using reserves we find in stories by Pliny the Elder, who described this technique: “In Egypt, clothes are dyed in a surprising way: after a white cloth with an invisible drawing on it, impregnated with no paint, … plunging it into a hot paint, in due course, it’s taken out colored.” But even before this method was known in Peru, Sumeria, Africa. As a rule, this was two-colored fabric, where the pattern had the color of undyed fabric, and the background was colored.

Batik scarf Yellow chrysanthemums

Batik scarf Yellow chrysanthemums

batik shawl European roller

batik shawl European roller

batik shawl Fox and dahlias

batik shawl Fox and dahlias

Batik shawl June. linden blossoms

Batik shawl June. linden blossoms

Batik shawl Oranges

Batik shawl Oranges

Batik tippet Ermina

Batik tippet Ermina. Painting on silk by batik artist Yaroslava Kuznetsova

Batik tippet October

Batik tippet October

Batik tippet Peonies and cat

Batik tippet Peonies and cat

Batik tippet Scarlet Ibises

Batik tippet Scarlet Ibises. Painting on silk by batik artist Yaroslava Kuznetsova

batik tippet Silver Fox and the bells

batik tippet Silver Fox and the bells

batik shawl celestial mechanics. Scorpio. Scarf of silk satin. Few astrology, a little steampunk

batik shawl celestial mechanics. Scorpio. Scarf of silk satin. Few astrology, a little steampunk

Batik scarf Blue Anemones

Batik scarf Blue Anemones. Painting on silk by batik artist Yaroslava Kuznetsova

batik artist Yaroslava Kuznetsova

batik scarf Bullfinches

batik artist Yaroslava Kuznetsova

Batik scarf Cats and Cosmos (plant)

batik scarf Falcon

batik scarf Falcon. Painting on silk by batik artist Yaroslava Kuznetsova

batik scarf Lynx

Lynx. Painting on silk by batik artist Yaroslava Kuznetsova

batik artist Yaroslava Kuznetsova

batik scarf Lynx

batik scarf Maple leaves

Scarf Maple leaves. Painting on silk by batik artist Yaroslava Kuznetsova

Batik scarf Nightingale Twilight

Scarf Twilight Nightingale. Painting on silk by batik artist Yaroslava Kuznetsova

batik artist Yaroslava Kuznetsova

Scarf Phoenix. Painting on silk by batik artist Yaroslava Kuznetsova

batik scarf Squirrel

Scarf Squirrel. Painting on silk by batik artist Yaroslava Kuznetsova

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