Preserving the Transitory
The art of Batik by Sarina Dahlan-
Friday, July 11, 2014
Rick’s Custom Framing
8808 Ls Mesa Blvd., La Mesa
While visiting my family in Yogyakarta, Indonesia in 2012 , I fell in love with the Javanese tradition of batik and the immense amount of work that goes into it. Artists patiently cover an intricate design on a piece of cloth with wax, then dip it in a dye, reapply the wax to areas they wish to remain in the first color or scrape off the wax in areas they wish to change color, dip it in another dye bath, and repeat the process multiple times. Then the fabric is placed in boiling water to remove all the many layers of wax designs that were painstaking applied to achieve the final product. The "dotting" process, the most time consuming part, is what inspired me. I thought "wouldn't it be nice to preserve these dots instead of melting them away?" The collection "Javanese Pointillism" reflects my desire to preserve what was meant to be transitory.