With experience of more than 2 decades in art and design including ten as Modern Batik artist, Gabrielle has shown extensively in the Greater Toronto Area. Most notably, The Artist Project, Toronto Outdoor Exhibition, and a group show in Los Angeles, California. In 2013, she was invited to participate in Toronto’s Nuit Blanche as a sponsored artist showing her textile-based installation at the H+M window in the heart of downtown Toronto.
Gabrielle actively engages with other batik artists worldwide and is part of the Batik Guild, based in the UK, and has been featured in their quarterly publication several times discussing her interpretations. Her passion for the art of batik has taken her to its birthplace: Indonesia, to participate in workshops and in-depth learning about the fibre based historical art. Her newfound knowledge has led her to incorporate new dyeing techniques and the use of copper stamps to deepen her work.
Her mandate as artist is not only to further her own knowledge and keep discovering new ways to express herself in batik but also to pass on her knowledge of the art to the public through her work and workshops.
A passionate creator, Gabrielle Lasporte expresses herself through Modern Batik. (created by applying wax and dyes on fabric) Through this medium, Gabrielle explores the human experience through both abstract and representational expression by delving into the beauty in the forces of nature that mirrors our lives. She strongly believes in the natural flow; an influential part of her visual and creative identity. Good or bad, life always flow to its ultimately destiny.
About Modern Batik
Using traditional batik materials of water-based dyes, wax and fabric, colours are applied in layers starting from light to dark. More control is gained over the intensity of the dyes by applying them by paintbrush as opposed to submerging the fabrics within the dyes themselves. This revolutionary approach allowed to create detailed, refined images with dramatically enhanced tonality, shading and depth.
Each section of the Modern Batik piece is toned separately using a technique called fragmentation. This modification adds increased background depth, broadness and a richer palette of colours to the artwork, allowing control of detail and richness comparable to that of any acrylic and watercolour painter.
It is then sealed with wax using a brush or a tjanting (tool to dispense the wax) to prevent other colours from changing it (known as wax resist). Once the piece is completed, the wax is removed to reveal a bold palette of colours.
These innovative elements are used to develop the art form that is called Modern Batik Art
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