January 11, 2014

Terima Kasih!

Photo by Koen de Wit at Liefkes Collection, A house filled with Indonesia*

2014 is going on for some days now, and unfortunately so is my cold. I'm a bit better now and had some time to think about the past year. What a wonderful year 2013 was, I had a lot of misfortune, but I also had great luck. My blog, this blog De reis naar Batik gave me totally different opportunities then my artist career and I met great people in the process!

Always looking out for patterns and batiks

I would like to start with thanks, thanks to the readers of my blog. I hope you keep reading, sharing and enjoying my blog in 2014. I will do my best to learn and share more about Batik, wax prints and other interesting stuff I enjoy, visit many lovely exhibitions (I already have a list of exhibitions I have to visit this year) and hope to receive new Batik Statements this year!
Thanks for the Batik Statements I received in 2013.** I not only received great Batik Statements, I made some myself of myself, but also of people posing for me. My Batik Statement project even let to an actual Batik Statement Fashionshow on the 21th of April during Indonesian Cultural Festival at Best.***
I would like to thank Stichting Hibiscus for letting my try-out a fashionshow for the first time, thanks to the wonderful models, thanks Rob Rosielle for lending me your mothers, madame Rosielle-Bergsma, collection and of course Batik Chic for the nice accessories!****

Try-out for Batik Statement Fashionshow, April 2013

Me and Batik from madame Rosielle-Bergsma collection, photo by Kees de Ruiter

In October I had the pleasure of giving a lecture, De reis naar Batik: making a statement, during the Najaarsdag of the Nederlandse Kostuumvereniging in Amsterdam about Batik and Vlisco.*****Thank you for inviting me! I was really happy to get the opportunity. I also enjoyed the improvisation fashionshow at the end. I dressed up three volunteers from the audience, including my brother, showing some simple ways to wear Batikcloths without sewing or cutting. A great day!

Checking the trail during the improv fashionshow

Also new for me in 2013: Workshops! It started with my project in March, a neighborhood participation project about butterflies and other animals living in my neighborhood. I helped making birdhouses and worked together with Famous Grauss making Butterfly-feeding-tables. In October and November I gave two workshops for kids. At Taman Indonesia I gave a small introduction on how Batik is made using crayons and ink. It was wonderful to see how every kid created their own batikdesign!******

Marlisa, owner of Taman Indonesia with Lonny Gerungan

In November William Kwan surprised me with the first pictures of my Pagi-Sore Batik "Difficult Time". Photo below is a sneak preview of one of the Batiks made by Ibu Maryati from Jeruk. I'm so happy with them, can't wait to hold them in my hands. Patience is key in this project and it's not for nothing about growth in difficult times. On my website, www.sabinebolk.nl, you can read more about this project. And I will keep you posted here as well!

Detail of my Pagi-Sore Batik "Difficult Time" made by Ibu Maryati

Best of wishes for 2014!

And a special thanks to:
The Textile Blog for sharing and supporting my posts!
William Kwan and Ibu Maryati for making my first real Batik!
My mother, father, brother and grandparents for all the support, feedback and cultural upbringing!
Koen de Wit, love you and thank you for being open and interested in all my interests!
Rob Rosielle for lending me the beautiful Batiks!
Ine WawoRuntu from Stichting Hibiscus for the great day in Best!
De Nederlandse Kostuumvereniging for having me at their Najaarsdag!
Marlisa for giving me a stage at Taman Indonesia for workshops, art and Batik Statements!
Kees de Ruiter for sharing the love for Batik Belanda and especially Maria Carp!
Dhanti Hajdenborg for all the wonderful Batik Chic products I could use during the fashionshow!
The Koninklijke Bibliotheek for added my photobooks De reis naar Batik and The journey to Batik to your collection!
Tubagus P Svarajati, Krisna Murti and William Kwan for their support in my quest to return to Indonesia!
Vlisco for making great collections!
And Batik, my little ricebird, for making me happy every day with his songs!

Spotted at the Station in 2013

* See blogpost "A house filled with Indonesia"
** See all the Batik Statements under te label "Batik Statement"
*** See blogpost "Batik Statement Fashionshow"
**** See blogpost "Batik Chic on the Pasar Malam"
***** See also my blogpost "Wax cloth Statements"
****** More about my workshops (in Dutch) on www.sabinebolk.nl


Helmi said...

Mooi, ik blijf je volgen!

Sabine Bolk said...

Dankjewel Helmi! En ik jouw blog ook!