Textile Artist

Bio
Catalina Espina cerda

Since childhood, I have felt the need to link my life to art. In my constant search, I met the Batik techniques while studying Interior Design, and it was then when I felt captivated by the enormous possibilities offered by this craft, in terms of the use of color and its particular special effects.
I found that Batik is a very special and ludic art, due to its unpredictability. I never cease to be amazed by the effects resulting from the sum of the different color washes and the application of the various wax layers; the richness of textures and the crackle effect are always a surprise when I finally finished the unwaxing job.

To smell the wax and to dip the fabric in colored water is just enchanting!!.

My work seeks the rescue of the ancestral within the women's inner world and from the magic that lies at the heart of a women, recreating scenes of dance and nature.

I prefer for a natural beauty. I am against hyper-technologization, artificial manipulation, mass produccion and of what undermines human individuality and takes us away from our inner essence.

Currently, I live in Santiago, Chile, and I am a member of BatikGuild collective.

Catalina Espina
QUALITIES OF MY WORK

Technique: Batik, ancient technique, recognized by UNESCO as an Intangible Cultural Heritage.
Exclusivity: Each piece of fabric is unique and unrepeatable.
Materiality: Linen, cotton and silk, 100% natural fabrics.
Inspiration: The ancestral, the women and the natural and cultural heritage of Chile.

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A BRIEF HISTORY

The Word Batik is of javanese origin. The word ambatik derived from tik means to mark with spots or dots. This word is recorded for the first time in Dutch texts of the 17th century in a reference to a shipload of fabrics with coloured designs.

The origins of batik are disputed by scholars. The earliest evidence has been found in separate regions: the Far East, the Middle East, Central India and Peru. With the exception of Peru, where an independent development must de assumed, it is more likely that the craft spread from China to the others regions through the caravan routes.

Sites of interest
www.batikguild.org.uk/ www.jacquardproducts.com www.dharmatrading.com www.textiletraders.co.uk
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