December 29, 2012


Batiks I spotted in 2012

The days between Christmas and New Year are always filled with looking back and making new plans (and good resolutions). For starters I would like to thank everyone for reading my blog. This year I wrote my 200th blogpost (see blogpost 'Once upon a time'), I received many great Batik Statements (see 'label Batik Statement'), I got to see many great exhibitions and I read (and bought great books) about Batik, temporary art, colonial history and much more.
I didn't stick to a lot of the plans I made last year, they got replaced along the way by better ideas. I'm happy my blog gives me the power and a good excuse to learn more everyday.
Thank you all again, and keep reading in 2013!
Last week I visited Helmond again with my mother to get a closer look on the new collection of Vlisco. We were there in March and really enjoyed looking at all the bright, beautiful fabrics (see blogpost 'Vlisco in Helmond').
Of course we also went to Jansen. And there was a big surprise for me in store. I found out that I own real Vlisco's much longer than I thought.
The pink patterned Vlisco on the picture above caught my eye. I thought: "Don't I know this pattern", and it turns out I know it very well.

I don't know for how long I had these two fabrics hanging on my wall, but till last year I decorated every bedroom with them. One yellow, red with gold, the other a stricking blue with purple and gold. I found them in this small hippie shop. I always went there to buy nice jewelry and fun gifts. One day she had these pieces of fabrics lying in a basket. I think I almost bought them all. She told me it were fake prints from Thailand. I never doubted that explanation.
My mother made two of fabrics so that I could hang them on my wall.
Detail 'Bed rest', 2010

In 2010 I made the painting 'Bed rest'. You can read more about it and see pictures on my site I painted the view from my bed. The red painted ceiling above me and a dress waiting to be worn and my fake printed batik on the walls.
I think the cloth in my painting is only 10 centimeters tall. I remember cursing my brush, sitting with my nose almost against the paper, repeating the pattern, getting to know it better.

Now the fake printed batik turns out to be a real Vlisco, it almost sounds like a fairytale. What a nice surprise to end 2012 with!
My mother gave me this pretty Julius Holland Wax with infinity symbols. It's going to make a lovely dress, or pants or suit...I will let you know in 2013 what it's going to be!

I wish you all a wonderful 2013!


Anonymous said...

Good morning,

I was searching information about Vlisco when I discovered your blog. Actually, I plan to go to Helmond this summer.

And I'd like to go to Jansen too, would you please give me its adress ?

Thank you !

Sabine Bolk said...

Have a lot of fun, I'm sure you will.
You can find address and more info about Jansen here:

Anonymous said...

Thank you for your quick answer !

I can't wait to go to see these wonderful fabrics !