For one or two weeks, I work with a group of students (size of group and grade to be determined per school) to teach the craft of batik, and to guide the students as they make hundreds of squares of batik fabric. We also learn about Indonesian culture through slides, music, food, language, crafts, and discussions. A strong focus of Indonesian batik is the collective art-making process, a collaborative approach reflected in this unique residency. Upon completion of the batik art-making, I work with a group of volunteer parents to design and sew a fiber installation (from the batik squares) that is permanently installed in the school.
A sample program:
WINDOWS & REFLECTIONS
of Batik, Indonesia and a Flint Hill Community Art Project
As fellow explorers, we will travel through the windows of your mind off to a far-away land halfway around the world: the country of Indonesia. During our week together we will study the art and culture of batik, a traditional art form using wax resist and dye to decorate fabric, and Indonesia, where batik originated. We will experiment with this ancient craft and use it to make artwork which reflects our own culture. As a group of fellow travelers and batik artists, we will create, together, a community art project that will hang permanently in the halls of your school. So if you love to travel, experiment, and create, I invite you to come with us on our journey beyond Flint Hill’s windows off to Indonesia. Tell your parents not to worry: we will only be gone one week!