Friday, January 10th, 2014
The early years are full of art projects from your little one. It’s easy to get overwhelmed figuring out where to keep it all. If you’re in need of a cool way to preserve those pieces, Hiho Batik may be your solution.
The boutique has been a Brooklyn staple for more than a year, offering kids and parents the chance to design shirts and accessories with their own artwork made in-store or from home. Now, the shop is accepting original art online, so even if you can’t get yourself to New York, you can still send your child’s work through the site, and owners Julia Silver Gordon and Robyn Stylman will do their best to put it to fabric.
What sets this make-your-own concept apart from the rest is its method of design: batik. It’s a process of using wax and dye to help seal in the art. Eventually, you’ll get a colorful drawing with a super funky outline that adds a hip touch to any child’s cute picture.
We got the chance to see up close just how Hiho Batik products are created. Check out the process of making this child-sized T-shirt.
1. First, draw. Being a total sweets addict, I got the urge to do a cupcake after seeing the one on the store’s inspiration wall.
2. To go over the design with wax later, the picture has to be outlined in sharpie. This will make it easier to see when you move on to the light table and place your art inside the shirt.
3. Tracing over my work in hot wax seemed a little daunting at first. There were a few hiccups along the way, but I got the hang of it with a little help from Julia. Her key: Keep the wax needle as close to the fabric as possible and move slow to get a thick outline. And don’t get frustrated by mistakes. That’s what makes the art truly unique, she says.
4. Once you have your outline, the next step is coloring it in with the pretty dyes. I started to make my cupcake icing pink, before I realized it would be cooler to do an ombre effect into purple. It’s so easy to get your creative juices flowing in the store’s art space.
5. Now, it’s up to the Hiho Batik team to finish off my design by putting wax over it. That way when the shirt is dyed, the art won’t budge. After that, the wax is removed, and the creation is ready to wear. In-store orders can take up to a week to finish, but give up to two weeks or more to receive an order placed online.
Kids’ T-shirts and baby onesies run $40 while online orders start at $48 (does not include shipping).
Next time your child comes home with a piece of art, you’ll think what you can create from it instead of where to trash it. Thanks Hiho Batik!
Add a Comment