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Faux Batik Technique

August 5, 2023 @ 10:00 am 1:00 pm

Registration for this class will close on August 3.

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 and maker 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 unexpected material.  Instruction will explore traditional designs, but presents participants with the opportunity to create their own patterning, placement and color palette.

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. Protective cloth aprons will also be available.

Robert Mahar

Instructor / Artist

Robert Mahar is a California-based artist, designer, maker and embroidery enthusiast who teaches clever do-it-yourself projects and develops imaginative craft inspiredproducts. He’s also a proud alumni of the inaugural season of 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

When you register for a class, you’ll be offered three price tiers. The middle tier comes closest to what our registration fees used to be, and covers about 50% of the full cost of your participation in the class – with the other 50% covered by community donations. The first tier creates accessibility for people with limited income, while the third tier covers the full cost of participation – so that we can use community donations to support other people’s registration costs. When you choose to register at the third tier, you directly help support the Center’s efforts to remove financial barriers for others.

The Sonoma Community Center (the Center) strives to create an inclusive, safe community where everyone is treated with dignity and respect. The Center is committed to creating such an environment because it brings out the fullest potential in each of us, which, in turn, contributes directly to creating a community of belonging. In order to ensure a positive, safe, and welcoming experience for everyone, all program participants are asked to abide by the following policies, community agreements, and restorative safety protocol.

Financial aid is handled on an individual basis. If you think you qualify, follow the link below to apply.

Date: Saturday, August 5th
Time: 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Instructor: Robert Mahar
Location: Room 208, Print Studio
Ages: Adult, 18+
Skill Level: Beginning
Sliding Scale: $35 / $55 / $75
Materials Fee: $20
Financial aid available

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