Roketsu-zome- Japanese wax resist paintings, watercolor paintings and sumi-e
Many of these pieces are done on silk using the technique “roketsu-zome”. The Japanese term, is made from a combination of words. Ro meaning wax, ketsu meaning resist (block-out) and zome to dye. This technique as been used from prehistoric times for creating textile designs. It is the Japanese form of wax resist or batik on any fabric.
Working with rozome (shortened name) techniques on silk since 1996 has been a very exciting medium for me to work in. I use bees wax and soy wax for my resist and Japanese acid dyes for color. Some of the paintings are hand stitched with silk thread.