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 Display @ ASYIK 3, Sydney

Festival Indonesia hit on Saturday 3 September 2011 all day long in the heart of Sydney – Darling Harbour, then the next day on Sunday 4 September 2011, hedaBATIK made a move to set Batik Display at ASYIK 3.

Batik Display @ ASYIK 3 ... Courtesy of hedaBATIK

Where was ASYIK 3 held, Erskyne St, Wynyard Sydney CBD ....

I just want to share a little bit of the word ASYIK. Literally ASYIK means cool, chill out, fun ….so I look forward to be a fun and cool night!!

ASYIK 3 was held in The Sydney International Cultural Centre to address a night event with Indonesia-Australia Visual Art, Music, Culture and Dance.

Batik Display @ASYIK 3 in the premium spot .... Courtesy of hedaBATIK

The organizer said ASYIK 3 as the mini festival but I still think not that ‘mini’!

Courtesy of hedaBATIK

hedaBATIK got the premium spot, right in the front corner where people who pass by clearly see the display! Brilliant! Thanks God of course!

Even though it was small display, we give the best part of our collections for the generous organizer. We made a display to show waxing sheet belong to Noosa Regional Gallery who’s created by Hartono, batik artist who invited by Sunshine Coast Council for exhibition.

Surprisingly, Deva Permana as the MC at that night invited hedaBATIK to speak a little bit about batik in front of audiences. Thanks to Deva Permana and Reza Achman who invited and organize ASYIK 3. It was a privilege and pleasure to participate with ASYIK 3.


Makukuhan in action ..... Courtesy of hedaBATIK

Courtesy of hedaBATIK

Courtesy of hedaBATIK

ASYIK 3 was really asyik (cool and fun). AWESOME NITE!!! Love it!!!

Batik Clinic in Darling Harbour Sydney

Last Thursday (1/Sept 2011) we drove to Sydney for Batik Trip, hedaBATIK did Batik Clinic at Festival Indonesia in Tumbalong Park, Darling Harbour. We just took a joy ride, stopped to overnight in Port Macquarie then continued the next day to reach Sydney.

Friday morning we hit the road again and around midday we reached Sydney safely. Thanks God!

Once we arrived, straight away we decided to check out the site. Here we go!!

Preparation on the move .... Courtesy of hedaBATIK.

Stalls for the foods, workshop, media, etc ... Courtesy of hedaBATIK

Certainly we can’t wait for The Big Day, Saturday 3 September 2011!

Batik Clinic sets Display, do waxing on the spot, and provide a long sheet for people to experience canting and waxing!

The Big Day! Main stage with SBS van ...Courtesy of hedaBATIK

Indonesian tradition costume carnival ..... Courtesy of hedaBATIK

Grab an experience to try to use canting in Batik Clinic ....Courtesy of hedaBATIK

a corner of Batik Clinic with hedaBATIK at Festival Indonesia

One of them who enjoy trying waxing with canting .....Courtesy of hedaBATIK

Well, unfortunately we can’t upload all the photos of them who enjoy to experience waxing with canting tool. Also, I couldn’t take photos and doing batik at the same time including took my own photo while waxing!!

But, above all …..it was a great day and so fruitful clinic!!

History of Batik Pattern: Parang

The pattern of Parang is diagonal lines in the angle position that across with straight lines  (vertical) so that create an ornament like knife blade that separated by a half cut of ketupat (rice cube wrapped with coconut leaves shaped into quadrilateral) is called mlinjon (mlinjo is derived from a tree or fruit of Gnetum gnemon). Parang without mlinjon is the pattern of lereng.The meaning of parang as a knife or sword has been argued among the anthropologist.

One of the patterns were reserved exclusively for royal attire It is 'Parang Rusak' Design delivers physical and mental control which is consisting of a series thick knife-like forms. :: Courtesy of hedabatik.

The famous design of parang is Parang Rusak. There is an argument about the ages and history.  Many people did the research in until the period of Raden Panji (11th century), a hero from the Kingdom of Kediri and Jenggala, East Java. Others related the history of Parang Rusak with the legend of Sultan Agung from the Kingdom of Mataram (1613-1645) as the creator. They believe that Sultan Agung did the meditation in the South Coast of Java, gazed the big waves hit the rock wildly . In Javanese, Parang ís karang (rock), so Parang Rusak also means ‘broken rock.


History of Batik Pattern: Kawung

Batik patterns have developed from the point of aesthetic orientation. The patterns of geometric were introduced over the centuries since the 8th century which was found in  Prambanan Temple. The pattern of Kawung can be classified as Ceplok but because of its antique and simplicity, Kawung was recognized as the separate category in batik patterns. The history of kawung refers to the historical temples in Central Java.

Batik Kawung ...hedaBATIK

Courtesy of hedaBATIK

Basically, the pattern of kawung consists few of circles or eclipses that in contacted or crossed each other. The word of kawung itself has delivered some misleading contexts. Some people understand as the fruit of palm tree.

Rouffaer, an European scientist who was studied about batik patterns, considered the pattern of kawung came from other antique pattern which was called  geringsing (gringsing), also called Pararaton, The history of Kings of East Java in the 14th Century. Geringsing consists of small circles with dots in the middle that stacked like fish scales or snake skin. Rouffaer thought geringsing has developed became circles in the pattern of kawung. 

Batik Peranakan

Batik Peranakan were born through intermarriage with Javanese women, a strong Chinese/Javanese mixed population evolved along the north coast of Java. Not only happened between Javanese and Chinese but also Arabs and Dutch of the colonial period  left behind mixed race descendants with their own cultural characteristics.

The term of Sarung Encim is also one of batik pattern which has strong influenced from Chinese culture and  opt to use mix colors, like olive and orange. The most are pastels.

Indo-European batik was also a special style. The typical designs are animals and plants, pictorial scenes like Chinese theater, Dutch colonization, spice trading and etc. Batik Peranakan has its own uniqueness even though did not deliver the symbolic meanings and philosophical values as Javanese batik genre. Don’t be surprised if you see the figures of shadow puppet combined with Tulip Flower, plane, warship or Little Red Riding Hood!**