Living in Brooklyn, there are so many interesting trends that we lucky enough to see (and experience). One such trend is the fun experience of creating your own t-shirts at Hiho Batik.
A brand developed by Julia Gordon, who was interested in batik, a system of using wax and dyes to create an image, that was developed into a one-of-a-kind retail store and art space with her partner, Robyn Stylman. How it works is simple – kids, adults, and people of all ages can come to the store to create a personal piece of art that is then made permanent in the form of a t-shirt, apron, pillow and more.
During Thanksgiving break my daughters and I went to their Brooklyn location, and I immediately loved this vivid world filled with colorful t-shirts, pillows and more. We went to the back of the store where we entered an artistic oasis of t-shirts, paints, wax and art supplies. Julia, the co-owner of Hiho Batik, explained the process to my girls. This included drawing big, then trace with wax pen and finally paint their creation.
They got to work and created a fun self-portrait and ziggy zag creation that Julia suggested we could pair with a heart stencil. We then went over to the hot wax station where she showed us how to trace our art onto a t-shirt. They recommend the pen for kids 7 and up, so I tried this part out as did my older daughter (with supervision). Within minutes there drawing was etched onto their cotton shirts and ready for paint. They set up fabric dye for us and the girls went to work painting their creations. Purple faces (older girl) and brown hearts (younger girl) were a part of their new t-shirts. We were told that they use the wax again to set the picture and that they dye the water shirt again using permanent dyes. We were told it would be ready in about 1-2 weeks.
My girls had such a fun experience crafting and creating, and I loved how incredible it was for them to bring their art to life in the form of a t-shirt.
After we were done my girls didn’t want to leave where they then had fun using chalk on their chalkboard walls while Robyn and I started chatting. She mentioned they not only offer kids’ birthday parties, but also a lot of corporate events and more where participants can create for 2 hours and bring in food for a truly artistic and out of the norm party idea. They also have a beautiful retail space where you can find unique t-shirts, pillows, bags, aprons and more for both kids and adults.
With so many fun and unique trends happening in NYC, we are excited to spread the word about the DIY creations at Hiho Batik where kids and adults can get lost in their own art and see it come to life.
Hiho Batik is located at 184 5th Avenue in Brooklyn.
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We were given t-shirts as a part of this experience.