hedaBATIK and Suzi Karim

Winter is here!

This is what I do these days to fight the cold weather: spending hours near the batik stove, not only to keep me warm, but also to work on tons of batik for my current projects 🙂 including a sweet and exciting collaboration between hedaBATIK and Suzi Karim Photography.

Here is a little teaser;)

The big design I am working on must be done through many careful steps. The image below shows how I paint line by line, corner by corner, one piece at a time until the puzzle-like design becomes one beautiful masterpiece. That’s exactly like my batik multi-projects, putting together the puzzle pieces, so I started with retouching the image of hedaBATIK.

Batik is often portrayed through images of a woman wears traditional outfit, sitting in the small stool near the stove. She would work with a small wok, facing a piece of white cloth in a wooden frame, drawing line after line – dot after dot – curve after curve, swirls after swirls of her batik design.


The art of making batik is a patience ....... Courtesy of hedabatik
The art of making batik is a patience ……. Courtesy of hedabatik

I wish to show my batik’s image in a different way. I choose to wear batik in Dodot style to reflect the way Javanese royal family wear them and I would carry a traditional anglo clay burner, small wok and Canting to visualize the batik-making process.

Photography by Suzi Karim. (www.suzikarim.com)
Photography by Suzi Karim.

Big thanks to Suzi Karim, an artistic and skilled Indonesian Photographer based in Brisbane who invests in this project as much as I do. Meeting, sitting, and discussing the ideas about the collaboration of Batik and Photography has been nothing but bliss. I knew from the beginning that she can transform my Batik concepts into her powerful images!


Photography by Suzi Karim

This is no doubt a working progress, one that I enjoy so much. My regular trip from Sunshine Coast to Brisbane feels like a visit down the road lately. There are still plenty to be done as you read this and I look forward to completing this collaboration! Our passions for Indonesian culture, heritage and arts drawn us to this journey together.

Wait and see! Our project comes soon!!

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