1960’s Culture Artifact
For the archives – and as a nice 2016 year-ender and 2017 year-beginner “Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of 1967” – here is a timely 1967 tenth grade high school art class project Counter-Culture artifact; a Hippie Batik!
Hippies and the Counter-Culture were into the art of other cultures and enjoyed their clothing designs, patterns and colorways, and expressed the wealth of world-wide cultural arts in homemade clothing and Bohemian coordinates.
Batik is an ancient Indonesian fabric-coloring technique where hot wax is applied to specific areas of material as a dye-resistant “negative paint”. After the dyed material is dry, the wax is ironed or boiled out of the fabric leaving the negative areas blank to be negatively-waxed and dyed another color. This can be done repeatedly to create intricate and colorful designs.
Instead of going abstract or with a symmetrical design, 00individual used the literal “sign of the times” and spelled out a statement of fabric art worth hanging on the wall.
This 50″ by 22″ cloth was originally bright yellow and bright red-orange with intricate tiny veins of color that bled out through the deliberately cracked wax. 00individual was able to keep this for 50 years, and although it is faded and has lost its luster, it has not lost its meaning – this is a true historical artifact from a time when these words were heartfelt and true.
00individual wishes everyone
Peace On Earth Good Will Toward Men
and a Happy, Healthy, Prosperous New Year!
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