Exhibition: Behind The Brain

Thanks to Redcliffe Council Gallery to have my artworks for a month exhibition! 3 – 28 July 2018.

Let me share the blurb of this exhibition.

Correction: moved to Australia permanently 2001, NOT 2010.


Batik is an ancient textile art that requires the combination of agile hand skills and a creative mind.

In this exhibition, Behind The Brain, I explore themes of marriage, loss and terminal illness.

Through color, shape and pattern these works express the tears, pain, hurt, regret, love and strength of 17 years marriage that ended tragically when my husband died to cancer that spread to the brain in 2014.

Through contemporary batik paintings I’ve been learned the meaning of patience, perseverance, focus, endurance, vision and solitude.

It was not an easy decision to show my artworks publicly, as it reveals my hidden personal life. I had no choice to escape from my marriage.

I purposely NOT to share photos of my artworks as I plan to have more exhibitions for Behind The Brain.**


hedabatik returns

It has been a long time not to update or share anything about the activities of batik. Well, hedabatik is still alive, unfortunately the off time occurred because I just passed the deep valleys after my husband passed away back in December 2014. Being able to support him in the battle of melanoma cancer that spread to the brain took me into the challenged journey but enrich my life.

Focus on the family became the priority, shifted everything else down.

I choose to take a very slow process to make myself return to batik’s heaven in creating or hosting clinic and workshop. During 2015 I did Batik Clinic and Workshop at Cleveland High School Brisbane, Noosa Council Gallery and University of Sunshine Coast. In term of personal productivity, creating the contemporary batik artworks still run.

For March 2016, I just did Batik Clinic and Demo at Gallery 159 Brisbane to support the exhibition of Batik, Tapis, Tirai, Songket and Tampan Collections. Thanks to Peter and Janet De Boer who owned and operated the gallery. Thanks to include me in the exhibition! Thank you Dr. Maria Wronska for the connection! It was great and had a fantastic time catch up! Wine and cheese for the opening afternoon was excellent!

I guess it is time to return to a long delay project! The educational mission to spread the beauty of batik through the real works behind batik must be delivered! The agenda of exhibition must be aligned and get into it! Slowly but sure as slow as to create hundred dots of batik!



Batik Workshop at University of Sunshine Coast

Thanks to Aaron, Pak Richard, Lachlan, Pippa,  Arum and others to make this workshop fun and fabulous!

Courtesy of hedabatik

Courtesy of hedabatik

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It was one fine Thursday 28 May 2015 at University of Sunshine Coast to support the Diversity Week.

We had 2 groups for one day workshop! You’re all amazing!!

One highlight was pak Bruce was so happy not to leave the session as he wasn’t sure if he could make batik. He made it and happy ending for his experience as he admitted it!

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After all, one by one they admitted how they felt!! Ooooh … so awesome!!  So ….. ready with bigger project and challenge?!


At Griffith University

It’s always a privilege moment to be invited to conduct batik workshop. Back in 11 April 2015 the workshop at Griffith University went well as the bad weather hit for more than 24 hours. It was non stop torrential raining then flooding in the highway threatened my trip from Sunshine Coast to Southbank.

I did stop 3 times as I couldn’t see the road; thought to cancel and went back home but the knowledge must pass it on!

I only could pray during driving and believing that I am not alone. Believing that mighty protection upon me.

After more than 2 hours and a half driving, I arrived safely but I faced another challenges!  It was …. conducting the workshop indoor in the gloomy day!

Thanks God again as the building security switched off all the air conditioning and smoke alarm system for the whole one block!

To compensate the sunlight,  I used the hair dryer and some participants used it to dry their shoes!!

After all, we made it perfectly. Thanks to Bapak Richard Curtis, ibu Endah Curtis,  Brisbane Catholic Education and all the language educators.

Such a great moment!

Such a great moment!


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.**