Headed by young Batik designer Nancy Margried, the company Batik Fractal has developed a system using 3D mathematics, combined with traditional hand printing and dyeing processes, to inject a new lease of life into the ancient Indonesian technique.
Batik Fractal uses a piece of software called jBatik, which creates patterns using mathematical formulae, enabling users to change parameters to render a 3D image. The software was devised by Nancy and two fractal mathematicians who created Pixel People Project in 2007.
Batik Fractal now sell and liscense the jBatik software, complete with training programmes for its users, to other creative companies keen to encourage generative art.
WGSN-homebuildlife are pleased to see Batik evolve into a new, exciting era. Imagine the potential of this new technique when applied to textiles, soft accessories and upholstery within the home. We will keep our eyes peeled for what Batik Fractal do next.