The Heart of Batik

In the midst of focused journey on my batik, then the super challenges came. The heart of batik remains alive deep in my life but the priority must be shifted. I did the best I could do to support my husband who was battling with multiple cancer in the brain and to spare the time for batik.

Exactly on the day I finished my exhibition, my husband had an incident that required him to admit to hospital ….. again … and he never come back home anymore. RIP. I am still grateful that I managed to deliver the heart of batik together with ABC. Thank you Noosa Gallery. Thank you Jo Joyce. Thank you ABC.

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Lots of batik creations I made to depicts about his brain. The creations reflect the journey of my personal life how I see the storm of life strikes me. At the beginning, I felt like the black clouds hovered my life and ready to engulf my whole life, but then …. I remember …. I am not alone! There is a Big Man with Mighty Hands who always available anytime to hold me up.

Slowly I will get back on my feet for my batik. I just need a little bit more time to allow the process after the loss of my husband. **

 

 

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Batik Exhibition at Noosa Regional Gallery

The official opening for Batik Exhibition went well on Friday night 10 October 2014.

It’s only small selection of the artwork “Thousand Rolls of Batik” to highlight the exhibition Metaphysical by senior Chinese Australian artist Ah Xian who is best known for his contemporary use of the ancient mediums of porcelain,  lacquer, cloisonné,  bronze and jade; also the exhibition of Traces of China by the artist couple Yeats and Rick Gruin.

Some of “Thousand Rolls of Batik” artworks displays in Noosa Regional Gallery from 9 October to 23 November.

Besides the exhibition, I have the privilege to hold some batik workshops too.

This is only the beginning of the artwork, the bigger one come soon!

Future Exhibition of Batik

My time in the festivals for batik have come to an end this year as I planned and already said goodbye to the festival’s fellows for the great time we had. Now, time to focus for the future exhibition of batik where I could display and share my artworks with the different point of view, shape, deliverance, and meaning.

heda2I do enjoy the workshop, definitely must go on to pass down the heritage but will work in the different ways. I will juggle the portion between the workshop and creating the artworks so that I could pour out the imagination beyond the limit of making batik!!

Save your date from 9 October to 23 November 2014, I will have an exhibition together with Senior Australian-Chinese Artist Ah Xian, Yeats Gruin and Rick Gruin in Noosa Regional Gallery, to lead my future exhibition: THOUSAND ROLLS OF BATIK.

To feature the exhibition Traces of China and Metaphysica, I will display the selection of textile works highlighting the influence of Chinese motifs and symbolism.

Come and Join the Batik Workshop at Noosa Regional gallery on Saturday 11 October. Family Day Sunday 12 October. Artist-in-Residence Workshop for Teens Saturday 25 October. Please contact the gallery.

 

Mark of The Artist

Talking batik in the way to share the beauty of batik artwork must continue. Thankfully the opportunity came! It was one fine Friday of 11 July 2014 in Noosa Regional Gallery, one of the prestigious council galleries, hosted the Batik Talk.

Through their program ‘Mark of The Artist’ I had another fantastic opportunity to discuss the batik artwork from the view of process, the history impacts, the power of colour spread and specialist and the commitment of its artist.

Giving the opportunity to all invited guests to see and touch some pieces of batik from raw, half process and fine finish was the most important parts, not  to mention to see some tool and equipment which used in the batik making.

Big thanks to Noosa Regional Gallery for all preparations including beautiful morning tea and the interest of batik.**

The Beauty of Batik

It is a privilege for us to be able to distinguish batik.

Let say,  just loving batik, it seems not satisfied us as the beauty of batik would give us lots of story.

The spiritual wisdom that pours into a piece of cloth can tell many stories for the generations to come …. that is The Beauty of Batik, another book after The Love of Batik!

a booklet of batik is The Love of Batik, presented by hedaBATIK. Thanks to Shannon Bergman as the model, she is Australian students who speaks Indonesia.

a booklet of batik is The Love of Batik, presented by hedaBATIK.

our book "The Beauty of Batik". We are Heda Bailey, Suzi Karim and Yuliana Kusumastuti so passionate about batik. This book is presented in English with the hard cover and super glossy thick paper. This book marks The Spirit of Kartini on April 2014.

This book – The Beauty of Batik marks The Spirit of Kartini on April 2014. Thanks to http://www.suzikarim.com for the artistic photography!!

The beauty of batik goes beyond the finish products we find at the shops; it had to go through painstaking effort, commitment, and artistic skill before we can hold it on our hands or wear it to functions and that is where the true beauty of Batik lies.

This book of The Beauty of Batik is exclusively presented in English and bundled with hard cover and glossy quality paper.

Launching The Love of Batik

I love Batik.

Did I say that?

Yes! I think I do more than love batik.

I am not only the batik lover but also the batiker.

hedaBATIK records in super images, photographed by Suzi Karim (www.suzikarim.com)

hedaBATIK records in super images, photographed by Suzi Karim (www.suzikarim.com)

The record of hedaBATIK works is photographed by Suzi Karim. She is an artistic, skilled and talented and professional Indonesian photographer based in North Brisbane. The passion between us, The Love of Batik!

Thanks to Shannon Bergman as the model, she is Australian students who speaks Indonesia.

Thanks to Shannon Bergman as the model, she is Australian students who speaks Indonesia.

The book of The Love of Batik was born to highlight batik in Australia by hedaBATIK.

This book covers  the history, the process, the design and etc.

This is the simplest book of batik written based on my experiences to conduct batik clinic and workshop in Australia so that meet the needs for western views about batik.

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Thanks to Agoes Rudianto as the professional photographer who involved in this project.

This book will be on the shelves of certain galleries for the purpose of a cause.

The project of hedaBATIK 2014, marked by The Love of Batik book  and the works continue ……**

 

 

The Record of hedaBatik 2013

It’s long time no update my site!!

Too slack! Too busy! Too much excuses – all in one, all mixed up for sure! But doing batik to keep this legacy is still up. 

What’s up in 2013? I did some photo shoot for profile and publication project, some batik clinic with some universities and school, some festivals and making batik for sure.

Doing hedaBATIK Clinic at University of Griffith

Doing hedaBATIK Clinic at University of Griffith.

Uni students at Griffith Uni tried to do waxing

Uni students at Griffith Uni tried to do waxing

It was an awesome day at University of Griffith in Brisbane. Lots of uni students showed their interests included one mute and deaf student that I learnt lots how to communicate with him. He taught me lots about understanding and appreciation in so many ways. 

Each time I explained the ways to do batik, I must write them on the paper then demonstrate the action! 

Thanks to Nikko and others Gripit Bros to invite hedaBATIK.

hedaBATIK Clinic at QUT  (Queensland University of Technology) Brisbane

hedaBATIK Clinic at QUT (Queensland University of Technology) Brisbane.

Thanks to Yani, Reza and Seno who included batik as part of the programs at Queensland University of Technology Brisbane and of course nothing better than show the real batik demo in the spot to share best of Indonesian art and culture!! You did the great job to organize and well collaboration!

hedaBATIK Display for Kartini's Day at Gold Coast.

hedaBATIK Display for Kartini’s Day at Gold Coast.

Thanks to Seharum Nusantara to include hedaBATIK as part of Indonesian treasures to support Kartini Day. I put the big sign NOT FOR SALE, DISPLAY ONLY as we agreed to focus on sharing batik knowledge.

hedaBATIK Clinic for Celebrating Multicultural Week of Brisbane.

hedaBATIK Clinic for Celebrating Multicultural Week of Brisbane.

It is great to celebrate Multicultural Week of Brisbane and they recognized hedaBATIK was worth to be in their program as we show Indonesian art and culture values through the real artwork in the spot, not product-selling-focus and further class is available too!

hedaBATIK Clinic at Festival Indonesia, King George Square Brisbane in the upper deck.

hedaBATIK Clinic at Festival Indonesia, King George Square Brisbane in the upper deck.

I would say it should be the top Indonesian Festival in Brisbane, but it was the disappointed day as batik didn’t expose really well. They placed hedaBATIK in the upper deck! Many people didn’t know if there is an upper deck! 

I learnt that many people sell ‘the art and culture commodities’ to profit themselves and not so many people could value art and culture in the right way with the respect and dignity. But it won’t stop hedaBATIK to continue the mission to spread batik through the real artwork of batik.

Thanks to Emma, Efiq, Reza, Deva and others who stayed with me and gave some encouragements!

the hard work of doing batik.

the hard work of doing batik.

one of hedaBATIK Clinic's participants at Indonesia Independence Celebration Day, Sherwood State School Brisbane

one of hedaBATIK Clinic’s participants at Indonesia Independence Celebration Day, Sherwood State School Brisbane.

hedaBATIK invited to be part of Indonesian Independence Day at Sherwood State School Hall in Brisbane. Finished at Sherwood around 4pm back home to the coast then continue to attend another Independence Day Celebration at Mooloolaba State School hall, at least I didn’t do any Batiking!

 

I had twice invitations to do Batik Clinic at University of Sunshine Coast for 2013, I must search the photo documents that misplaced somewhere 😦 not good aay! But thanks to Judy Shelley to be part of your agenda.

Well, in between of doing Batik Clinic everywhere, still got the time to spend time with some media who interested in my batik world though! They are Tamarind Online Magazine, Kompas – Indonesian leading media and Indo Media in Sydney.

check out Tamarind Online Magazine for hedaBATIK article.

check out Tamarind Online Magazine for hedaBATIK article.

hedaBATIK article on leading Indonesian media, Kompas who recognized hedaBATIK works to spread batik in Australia.

hedaBATIK article on leading Indonesian media, Kompas who recognized hedaBATIK works to spread batik in Australia.

An article in Kompas was very interesting as one of Indonesian racing driver visited Coffs Harbour for his raving agenda. His racing car is painted in batik design as he wants to spread batik where ever he goes, then their media team who covered his racing world came across with hedaBATIK. Sweet!!

an article of hedaBATIK in Indo Media Magazine

an article of hedaBATIK in Indo Media Magazine.

hedaBATIK: Indonesian Batiker in Australia.

hedaBATIK: Indonesian Batiker in Australia.

Thanks to Indo Media Magazine to recognized hedaBATIK as the Indonesian Batiker in Australia. Yes! Indonesian Batiker in Australia!

hedaBATIK Clinic was in Darling Harbour too for Festival Indonesia. The event organized by Indo Media. I’ll insert the photo documents later on 🙂

Is that all?

No. I did Batik Clinic at Pesta Rakyat at Brisbane Power House and Ferny Grove State High School. Again, the photo documents misplaced somewhere 😦

All the Batik Clinic done for 2013, the work of batik still continues, I set hedaBATIK Home Gallery at Currimundi to mark Octo-Ber-BATIK 2013.

hedaBATIK Home Gallery at Currimundi.

hedaBATIK Home Gallery at Currimundi.

 

Okay, is that all? Of course NOT! The works still continues. Again, Thanks to many people to take hedaBATIK on board, to value the real batik artwork! See you at 2014 works!

The last but not least, Thanks to Suzi Karim (www.suzikarim.com) for our valued collaboration to do the multi-platform projects. You are awesome!!

Photographerd by Suzi Karim (www.suzikarim.com) March 2013

Photographerd by Suzi Karim (www.suzikarim.com) March 2013