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Faux Batik Technique Workshop with Robert Mahar

June 15 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm $110

Date: Saturday, June 15th 2024

Time: 10AM-12:30PM

Location: San Francisco County Fair Building, Recreation Room

Participant Fees: Adult (Ages 18+) – $110.

Workshop Description:
The Indonesian island of Java has a rich history of batik – a technique of wax-resist dyeing applied to cloth, creating highly patterned and colorful fabric. Join artist Robert Mahar in learning about this Javanese craft and then reimagine it utilizing a playful DIY method to create a beautiful custom throw pillow cover for your home. While paying homage to customary methods, this project will focus on a non-traditional method replacing wax resist with an unexpected material.  Instruction will explore traditional designs, but presents participants with the opportunity to create their own patterning, placement and color palette.

This workshop is well suited for beginners- no previous experience is necessary.

All materials (fabric paint, dye resist, practice fabric, blank pillow case and brushes) are provided and included in the cost of the class. (Please note that pillow inserts will not be included in the materials kit.) Students are encouraged to wear clothing that can potentially be stained.

About the instructor:

Robert Mahar is a California-based artist and educator who teaches thoughtfully researched and developed hands-on projects based in historical craft traditions. He’s also a proud contestant alumni, and subsequent associate producer, on NBC’s crafting competition show Making It with Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman. With an education in studio arts and art history, he has worked in a variety of creative fields including 13 years as an appraiser of modern and contemporary art. Learn more about Robert, explore his video tutorial archive and shop his collection of curious embroidery samplers at robert-mahar.com.

Gardens of Golden Gate Park Members: You are entitled to a 20% discount for this event. To secure your discount, please log in to your account before registering or enter the Member Discount Code in the “Promo Code” field when registering. For the Member Discount Code for this offering, please contact membership@gggp.org.

Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable.


June 15
10:00 am - 12:30 pm