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!
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!
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.
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. **