The natural world takes shape with wax in the batik art of Carolyn Doe.

When the fabric is dyed, the wax creates a boundary, and Doe’s colorful designs emerge.

Doe, of Nordland, Wash., is a respected, mostly self-taught artist who began working with silk fabric nearly 30 years ago. An exhibit of her work opens with an artist’s reception Sunday at Artisans at the Dahmen Barn in Uniontown.

Her work has been featured at the barn in the past. Doe’s most recent work involves the technique of eco printing, in which silk is bundled with various leaves and boiled to transfer their colors. Unique patterns emerge. She uses the process to create scarves and clothing. In mixed-media pieces, she combines elements of painting to fabric.

“Batik has become my voice,” Doe said.

-- By Jennifer K. Bauer


WHAT: Silk batik artist Carolyn Doe

WHEN: Opening reception 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, May 5

WHERE: Artisans at the Dahmen Barn, 419 N. Park Way, Uniontown

COST: Free

OF NOTE: The exhibit runs through May 26. Barn hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Sunday.

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