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.
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.
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!
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!!