Waxed Surface Exploration with Amarjeet K Nandhra


This two day mixed media workshop with Textile Artist/tutor: Amarjeet Nandhra investigates the different ways wax can be used on paper and fabric; as a resist to create surface decoration, and a medium to alter the structure of a surface. 


Initially you will explore pattern and mark making, using a range of wax resist techniques to produce a range of exciting coloured papers and fabrics. These will provide the basis for your investigations into the properties of wax. Experiment with the techniques of translucency, structure and stitch. Working in a dimensional manner, layering, manipulating and constructing your final samples.

What topics will we cover?

  • Identify different methods of applying wax as a resist, printing, brushing, tjanting, crackling.
  • Apply a range of techniques to fabric and paper
  • Apply colour, choosing appropriate media for fabric and paper
  • Construct dimensional samples using stitch and wire
  • Identify health and safety issues

By the end of the course you should be able to:

  • Demonstrate  different methods of applying wax
  •  Produce a range of fabrics and paper that explore colour, pattern and mark making
  • Use patching, layering and basic hand stitch
  • Create a set of samples that combine a range of techniques
  • Demonstrate  use of dimension and construction in samples
  •  Use wire in a sensitive and responsive manner

Additional information


5th and 6th November 2021




Your lunch and:

  • Usual hand sewing kit – pins, scissors, a range of needles
  • A small selection of threads any colour , but needs to be strong; linen , book binder etc
  • A range of light to medium weight fabrics, ideally these should be without any pattern and light in colour.
  • A variety of papers ; brown wrapping paper, tissue paper, pages from books old envelopes, bleached paper, burned paper , cartridge etc
  • Wax candles (5-7 white)
  • Plastic sheeting to cover tables
  • Tjanting tool (if you have one)
  • Water pot, palette
  • Brushes, fine to large (old ones for applying wax also some for  applying colour)
  • Brusho, inks, silk paints any type of wet colouring medium
  • Newspaper (lots)
  • Any implements that can be dipped in the wax (old metal fork, old metal potato masher
  • Please bring either your current sketchbook or some imagery (drawings/photographs to work from)

Amarjeet Nandhra Bio:

I am an artist and educator based in West London. Trained in Graphic Communication, I have also worked as an Art Director on various independent short films. My teaching experience covers a range of courses; printmaking, mixed media and contemporary textiles, at Diploma level, City & Guilds and Adult Education. Currently I run Advanced Textiles and Mentoring sessions  based in Bracknell and Oxfordshire.  Alongside this I teach at City Lit adult education centre in London.

My practice often addresses themes of social causes, using textiles and mixed media. The narrative behind this work examines the hidden meaning, looking beyond the aesthetic sensibility of the textiles. I am interested in unpicking and examining the stories, history and memories, that they hold.

This pathway has led to re examining the colours, patterns and marks, associated with traditional Indian textiles. At first glance the ornamentation seduces the viewer. Creating a superficial lens in which these traditions have historically been examined. To be seen , simply as colourful and aesthetically pleasing items.

However, such a reductive viewpoint, prevents a deeper understanding of the textiles. The often intricate and beautiful embroidery of these pieces, disguises their identity, as powerful carriers of meaning and memory. These textiles, past and present, are both making and marking identities, conveying a narrative through stitch, colour, mark and pattern.

Print, mixed media, and stitch provide the foundation to express these ideas. The work develops through layering of marks, text, patterns and stitch. The ideas are formulated through drawing and samples whilst explorations have also resulted in wire drawings and small constructions.

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