This was a short trip. For some reason this didn't dawn on me until I was packing in the early a-m, on the morning of my flight. I was only going to truly be in Bali for 2 days. It wasn't going to be like when I was in the Philippines--I was there for nearly 8 days. My pack felt light, which was good. But, whoa- expensive . . . To be doing this trip right before leaving for the holidays in the US was a bit taxing on my nerves and my bank account. As a result, I was being a bit of a curmudgeon.
But never one to be down for long, I decided to go forth and have fun. Short trip or not, this was the experience of a lifetime!
The next morning Cheryl and I had to be up early to take our batik class.
Once the wax was traced over the entire design, we began painting. We filled in the entire design, as if we were coloring in a coloring book. The fabric dyes were already mixed up, and we followed a color wheel to determine what colors we wanted. I stayed in the blue, pink, orange, yellow, and teal family. We painted with sticks and cotton nibs. Some of the colors painted on true to their color while others changed with sunlight or during the finishing process. Our trust was completely in the color wheel!
The process took about 7 hours, not including travel time. But it was completely worth it! It was an entirely new and unique experience for Cheryl and me, combining both culture and creativity. And, it has added another layer to my work as an artist: I can now use the knowledge of this process in my current work. And, I can go back to Widya's studio to do more pieces that I can include in future works. There is an absolute depth to combining travel, experience, and creativity that I would not be able to get from anywhere else--it's completely unique to Widya, Bali, and the interaction with my creative background.
The piece I made at Widya's studio is one of my sister's Christmas presents. And while it's no longer a surprise for Kerry, I think she will appreciate the care and attention that went into this piece of artwork. Three different people worked on it: Widya and Komang from Bali, and me. And I personally signed the work over to her during the wax-tracing part of the process: it is a completely original piece of handmade artwork specifically made for her. And she got to share in the process of the making of her artwork through Facebook and--now--this blogpost, which is super-great!!