[Ruimte] Digital wax printing // Eugenia Morpurgo

di 20.11.2018
19:00 tot 21:00

Digital Wax Print draws vector graphics in wax onto a potentially infinite roll of textile. 
Exploring the relationship between digital fabrication and the time-consuming technique of resist dyeing, this project serves as a material study in the unfolding story of wax print. 
Historically, due to globalisation and industrialisation, automated wax resist techniques were introduced and new breeds of batik emerged. 
Merging and assimilating from two contrasting production methods—industrial and hand craft—an innovation tool has been created that proposes a distinctive visual language. 
Unique patterns come in the form of data fed into the machine that are interpreted in it’s own particular ‘handwriting’, leaving behind traces of production similar to other resist techniques. 
Wax cloth sits at many frontiers—it is at once a commodity, an archive, an image, a text, and a material object with distinct physical properties. 
The cloth’s material value has now been reengineered using the prevailing formula of bold visuals, crackle and offset. 
Instead of entering the sartorial hierarchy of wax print fabric, these textiles exist in an alternative reality—a parallel authorised channel of production—developing a legitimate textile in its own right, with its own story to tell.