Batik with Annie Phillips

Saturday 21 August | 11:30am - 4:30pm | £115

Batik, the practice of wax-resist dyeing, can be traced back to Ancient Egypt, while variations of the technique can be found across the world. Join artist Annie Phillips, whose work is currently on display at the Museum, in this 1-day workshop and learn the skills used to create bold and unique textile pieces with batik. Over the course of the day, participants will be given a structured introduction to wax-resist dyeing and a masterclass in how to let the process lead the way.

Under Annie’s guidance, students will be taught the following skills:

  • How to prepare a frame
  • How to pin-up fabric
  • How to hold a tjanting/canting and how to use it with wax
  • How to apply wax with a brush
  • How to mix dyes
  • How to dye-up dyes
  • How to freely paint on dyes
  • How to iron-out wax

At the end of the workshop participants will take home their new skill plus up to two completed works of art, perfect for framing, hanging or ready to fix and hem.

Beginners are welcome. No previous experience of working with batik is necessary.

Annie Phillips has been a modern batik artist for most of her adult life. She has worked and trained with artists in both Ghana and Indonesia, exchanging skills and collaborating on batiks. From the beginning, Annie saw how her artworks could be adapted to the world of design and in recent years, has collaborated with numerous designers and architects. In these projects, Annie’s original batiks have been printed and glazed onto an array of surfaces, from canvas, to voiles, to glass. Annie has also worked closely with skilled weavers in Nepal and India, creating bespoke hand-woven rugs, inspired by and created from her original artworks. In recent years, Annie has established successful relationships with selected wholesalers and retail partners, transforming her artworks into a broad range of designs for fabrics, homeware and apparel. Find out more at anniephillips.co.uk.

Numbers are limited for this workshop, please book early to avoid disappointment. If you have any questions regarding this workshop, please get in touch.

Price: £115 includes materials* and exhibition entry
* Please bring a bag or envelope to take your work home with you.


Our number one priority is the health and wellbeing of our visitors and staff. We have made changes and introduced new measures to help keep you and our team safe during your workshop. We have also introduced safe visiting guidance throughout the Museum.

- On arrival you will be asked to queue outside the Museum in a socially distanced manner. Upon entry to the Museum foyer please check-in via the NHS Track and Trace app, before presenting your workshop ticket on your device or bring a note of your booking reference – there is no need to print.

- In line with government guidelines, all workshops are observing the ‘rule of six’. Each workshop is led by one tutor and attended by no more than five learners. We ask that you observe social distancing wherever possible throughout your workshop.

- Where possible, each participant will have use of a single set of equipment for the duration of the workshop. All equipment and furniture will be sanitised prior to your arrival and following your departure.

- Gloves will be available for use throughout the workshop.

- Hand sanitiser will be available throughout the Museum. Please sanitise your hands when entering and exiting the workshop space.

- Face coverings are required in all public areas of the Museum. For their safety and yours, our team are wearing masks. Please ensure you bring a face covering to your workshop.

- As we are not currently able to provide water, we ask that you please bring your own.

- Your workshop ticket includes exhibition entry. To facilitate this safely we ask that you visit during your lunch hour, at which time capacity has been adjusted accordingly.

- All Museum staff, including our workshop tutors, have received thorough training in the above new measures and are committed to following them diligently.

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