“ Art is condemned to be superfluous when it is separated from life...Objects produced by craftsmen in the thousands of years that followed [the stone age] retrace the history of civilisation.”R.W.W

from the moment the white cotton cloth is in the hands of the Ramses W W Batik artists to the finishing touches I make to my work in Crochikit, every line drawn & stitch stitched, is handmade.

We follow 3 golden rules set out by my grandfather, Ramses Wissa Wassef, 60 years ago:

1- No copying. so each piece is an innovative design

2-No repetition. Each piece is unique

3-No preliminary sketches. Because the challenge of working directly onto the material itself, forces & channels the creative effort

Even though  it takes me a long time to finish each piece, I haven't added the cost of my time to the price of my work as I am trying to keep to the ethics put down by my grandfather, and followed by my mother after, of making art available for everyone (or at least as much as possible) . Adding the cost of my time would raise the prices very high as it does take a lot of time and effort. Especially because each piece is uniquely made with its individual character. 

 

 

embroidered butterfly and wheat plants on batik
embroidered bee, flower and ladybug on a pocket of a yellow batik dress
baby girl's pink dress with fish pattern
Picture of Taya, creator of Crochikit, dyeing batik
Batik camel and its embroidered foot detail