Each month we get a glimpse behind the scenes of our Scrap Girls Club designers, and this month’s designer is Doris Castle!
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When you started working on your club, what was the ﬁrst thing you did?
I started by exploring various authentic batik designs online and I gathered lots of ideas for authentic and modernized versions of authentic batik. I created an idea board with a variety of ideas and images to use as inspiration.
What inspired the colors in your club?
The next step was to figure out a general color scheme. I narrowed it down to 3 different color schemes and posted on Facebook to get a vote on the favorite. It was clear that people were “tired of dull Winter colors” and wanted something more vibrant and colorful. From these choices that I posted, there were some people wanting #1 and a majority who wanted #2, so I decided to take a little from #1 and blend it with some of the more vibrant colors in #2 to create a new color palette!
Where did you ﬁnd the inspiration for this club?
When I took an art class in high school, the teacher introduced me to the technique of batik art. I used wax and brushes and a special batik writing tool. Then, I dyed the fabric and ironed out all the wax after it was dry. I fell in love with batik and the artistry and technique involved in creating it. This is the piece of art that I made many years ago.
What was your favorite thing to design?
That’s a tough question. I had so much fun with all of it! I think maybe my favorite part was the alpha. I love letterforms and typography in general. It was a lot of fun to create each letterform carefully by hand and then dye it using the resist technique.
About how long did it take you to design this club?
I worked on the club off and on for about 3 months, mostly working in the evenings and on weekends whenever I could squeeze in some time!
How did you come up with the name of your club?
When I was researching authentic batik designs, lots of Indonesian, Malaysian, and East Indian influences kept popping up. They all had a very exotic feel to me, so that word continued to go through my mind as I was working on the club. It just seemed like the perfect fit.