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.**


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!

My Indo Connect as the umbrella

My Indo Connect (MIC) http://myindoconnect.wordpress.com/ is incorporated with hedaBATIK to allow the mission of batik preserving is achieved. The organization of My Indo Connect as the umbrella for any hedaBATIK’s agenda. We look forward to cooperate with any institution or organization or community group to hold the Batik Clinic and Batik Waxed Canting Class Workshop.

Crowd at hedaBATIK Clinic

Batik Display when Batik Clinic @ Noosa Gallery by hedaBATIK

One of the Batik Clinic visitors experience waxing batik with a canting tool.

The art of making batik is presented the content value of art, culture and education in so many ways which is suitable for any interest and benefit. hedaBATIK adheres and cares for the environment, that the reason we don’t hold the complete Batik Workshop all the time.

The art of Waxed Batik. Courtesy of hedaBATIK

The main key of Batik learning sensation is experience the waxing batik with a canting tool. The main workshop is the Batik Waxed Canting Class, to learn and create the art of waxed masterpiece.

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!!!

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.


Batik Priangan

Batik Priangan is a term used to identify the variety of batik cloths which is produced in the regions of West Java and Northwest Java. The word ‘Priangan’ is derived from the word of ‘Parahyangan’ meaning citizens of the heaven or the gods’ dwelling. Also, Priangan means the home of gods.

The word of Priangan is indicating the beauty of natural land and values in West Java. So Batik Priangan is obviously batik which is enriched with Sundanese culture, which covers the towns and regent areas of Cianjur, Bandung, Sumedang, Garut, Tasikmalaya and Ciamis. Unfortunately, only Garut, Tasikmalaya and Ciamis are still producing till today but relatively small production.

The fame of Batik Priangan is not as strong as Batik Kraton and Batik Pasisiran. Batik Priangan generally has the basic pattern of the ornaments if comparing to Batik Kraton. **

[photo will come soon]

Batik in Literature: Physical Dimension

There are two dimensions of batik educational value: physical and spiritual dimensions. The physical dimension is usually simpler and easier to understand.

To make batik, clear instructions and guidance are available related to equipment, tools and raw materials to be used. In this aspect, there is also a recommended sitting posture on the wooden stool, hold the patterned fabric and a certain way to use canting.

The hot molten wax will not flow through the tiny copper tunnel if not hot enough. The right timing is considered significant.** (Source: Sekaring Jagad Ngayogyakarta Hadiningrat – Astuti Hendrato Darmosugito)