I knew The Lincoln design was going to be pretty large on a shirt smaller than the prototype XL. The photo here is the design, in its slightly wider final stage, laid out on a men’s medium shirt. The dots come within an inch of the collar, two inches to the bottom hem, and about an inch or so from each sleeve. That is some all over craziness.
Last weekend I finished waxing this medium in one sitting. I hadn’t waxed The Lincoln in one go previously, but I needed to ramp up my dotting in order to get the first orders moving along. It took about an hour more than my initial estimation to complete the waxing process. That brings production time per shirt up a bit higher, and any possible profits down lower. Whoops. By the time I completed the pictured shirt, literally at the end of my wax-a-thon, another was ordered.
I have to say I think that my dots became somehow more essentially full of an inherent ‘dot-ness’ as the process went on. That, or I was inflicting some repetitive stress injuries on my wrist and brain. Even with the crushing process that is batik, I’m loving the results all the more. I’m moving toward more ideas that involve both dyes and ink washes, and enjoying cooking up designs that are ‘all over.’
Especially with some things that I’m working on, on the sly:
This is a short, but also far too long, and perhaps too small, video of the batik process that created The Lincoln. It’s small if you have vision problems. It is short due in relation to the final length of time that passes during the shirt’s creation. It is long if you have no stomach for time consuming, and terribly repetitive motion.
Yes, I hand wax every single dot.
By my estimate, there’s almost four thousand?
Hand batik’d and ink wash
design run of
01/09/2008 through 01/30/2008
This is the archetypal man himself, presented as you have not seen before. This deep charcoal gray is hand dyed, the white half-tone style dot work is batik’d, and the background in the area of the design has a delicate black ink wash to offset the design further. Each shirt is created one at a time by hand, and any number of design elements will be unique to each shirt. The design area measures 13 X 20 inches, and will remain that size occupying more of the front of the shirt the smaller the shirt size ordered. Design is pictured is an extra large men’s.
[update]: The working design has been expanded to roughly 14.5 inches across.