The Creative Process of Javanese Batik
• 16 – 20 March 2020

USD 790 USD 990

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Workshop Price — Workshop with Residential Option Price

16-20 March 2020: Workshop
(15-21 March: Residential option)

A 5-day artists retreat exploring creativity through Javanese Batik — limited to 10 people

Through 30 years of artistic practice, tradition keepers Agus Ismoyo and Nia Fliam have explored the traditional collaborative creative processes of Javanese batik, and developed a way of sharing this profound cultural experience to inspire artists from beyond the batik tradition. This workshop attracts artists from many media and traditions, both those for whom this is their first batik experience and those familiar with batik. Those new to batik will encounter a tradition rich in artistic insight that offers new perspectives on their own practices. Those practicing batik will gain deep access to the cultural and spiritual roots of their art form.

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The Creative Process of Javanese Batik: an Artists Retreat
with tradition keepers Agus Ismoyo and Nia Fliam

A 5-day artists workshop with tradition keepers Agus Ismoyo and Nia Fliam at the the Threads of Life natural dye studio and botanical garden in Umajati Retreat, Ubud, Bali.

Through 30 years of artistic practice, Agus Ismoyo and Nia Fliam have explored the traditional collaborative creative processes of Javanese batik, and developed a way of sharing this profound cultural experience to inspire artists from beyond the batik tradition.

This workshop attracts artists from many media and traditions, both those for whom this is their first batik experience and those familiar with batik. Those new to batik will encounter a tradition rich in artistic insight that offers new perspectives on their own practices. Those practicing batik will gain deep access to the cultural and spiritual roots of their art form.

Collaboration and spiritual experience are at the heart of the historic Javanese batik tradition. It is collaborative in that a finished cloth will be the endeavour of a number of batik artists and dye practitioners. It is spiritual in that the practice is rooted in a traditional relationship with the natural world and the use of natural dyes.

This 5-day workshop is collaborative in that Agus and Nia’s sharing of their tradition will catalyse a dynamic artistic exchange between all participants, and in that the traditional natural dye processes will be explored with the dye staff of the Threads of Life Studio. The workshop is also spiritual in that Ismoyo and Nia will introduce participants to the intangible meanings of Javanese batik and the underlying practices that see it as a process of combining wax (the element of fire) and dye (the elements of water and air).

In the introduction to wax, participants will learn the basic techniques of hand-drawn and cap-stamped batik, and participate in the introduction to dyes, specifically, learning about natural dyes. The goals are for the participants to initiate or improve the technical aspects of their batik skills, to enhance their creative process through a personal project, gain insight into Indonesia’s traditional natural dye practices.

Exploring the intangible culture that is expressed through Javanese batik, there will also be sessions to introduce the Tribawana creative process in exercises that emphasize batiking as a process of the whole body. The practice of batik is deeply rooted in the cultural history of Indonesia, with techniques passed on orally through the generations. According to Agus and Nia, part of this oral tradition is Java’s ancient Three Worlds (Tribawana) creative process. With the potential to open a path for pure creative energy within each person, this three-fold process teaches participants to look for the source of creative inspiration within themselves, to develop an intuitive connection with the natural world, and to discover a personal spiritual connection with the creative source.

Alongside the batik, the Threads of Life’s dye team will offer dyeing and preparing dye with fresh indigo (Strobilanthes cusia) from the dye garden, use of sustainably sourced Ceriops tagal dyes that form the basis of the soga brown in Central Javanese batik, and use of the Symplocos plant-based alum mordant.

Hosted at the Threads of Life natural dye studio and botanical garden, the workshop’s dye component will be led by staff dyers Komang Sujata, Wayan Sukadana and ethnobotanist Made Maduarta using plants from the studio’s own gardens and Threads of Life’s network of dyers. Komang, Wayan and Made each have 15 years of collaborative field research experience studying, documenting, replicating, and teaching dye recipes learned from indigenous master natural dyers across the archipelago.

INCLUDED FOR ALL PARTICIPANTS: 5 days of workshop program; arrival and departure airport transfers; 5 lunches.

INCLUDED FOR RESIDENTIAL PARTICIPANTS: 6 nights of twin-share accommodations, breakfasts. (Note: twin share rooms may be made up with a king size bed for couples; single room supplements available on request; shared accommodations for a participant’s partner available on request.)

INCLUDED FOR NON-RESIDENTIAL PARTICIPANTS: Morning and afternoon shuttle transfers between accommodations in central Ubud and the workshop venue are included in the workshop. The shuttle route will be along Raya Ubud Road (bit.ly/raya-ubud-road), Hanoman Road (bit.ly/hanoman-road), Monkey Forest Road (bit.ly/monkey-forest-road), and Suweta Road (bit.ly/suweta-road) and participants will be notified before the workshop what time and where their morning pick-up will be.

GROUP SIZE, AIRFARES, AND WORKSHOP CONFIRMATION: Maximum group size is 10 participants. Minimum group size is 5 participants. If participation fails to meet the minimum group size the workshop will continue, but the workshop contents may be modified. You will be notified of any such changes by email.

SALES TAX: All prices include 10% Indonesian PPN sales tax.

Workshop Schedule

Sunday
PM – Arrival at Umajati Retreat for residential guests | Arrival in Ubud for non-residential guests

Monday to Friday
07:30 – 09:30 Breakfast for residential guests
08:00 – 09:00 Shuttle from Ubud to Umajati Retreat for non-resident participants
09:00 – 10:00 Creative process exercises
10:00 – 13:00 Batik workshop
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 17:00 Batik workshop
17:00 – 18:00 Shuttle from Umajati Retreat to Ubud for non-resident participants
19:00 – 21:00 Residential guests free for dinner in at Umajati Retreat or in Ubud

Saturday
AM – Breakfast for residential guests | Check-out and departure.

Workshop Leaders

Husband and wife batik artists Agus Ismoyo and Nia Fliam were the first in Indonesia to extensively explore the medium of Javanese batik as contemporary textile art outside the boundaries of modern batik painting. Ismoyo comes from a family whose ancestors produced batik in Surakarta, Central Java. Fliam studied at the Pratt Institute, New York, and has practiced batik since 1983. They have exhibited extensively in Indonesia, Europe, the United States, Australia, and Southeast Asia and their work is in the permanent collections of museums, galleries and private collectors around the world. Beginning in 1988, they taught workshops and have collaborated creatively with African, Australian Aboriginal and North American First Nation artists. From this work they have developed a teaching methodology that embraces cultural diversity yet is deeply rooted in the cultural history of Indonesia. Their workshop introduces Java’s ancient Three Worlds (Tribawana) creative process that teaches participants to look for the source of creativity within themselves by becoming one with nature and the creative source; to discover an intuitive sensitivity as a channel for their creative energies; and through this to forge a path to their own creative process.

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Natural Dye Studio

The workshop will be held at the Threads of Life natural dye studio and the Bebali Foundation dye plant garden on the grounds of Umajati Retreat. The studio is used for research, teaching and production dyeing. Studio dyers research traditional dye recipes by performing controlled variations of traditional dye recipes from across the archipelago to understand the functions of different plants on the dye processes and to address problems partner communities may be having with their dye colours. Studio teachers work both with indigenous dyers in the field, and offer half-day and weeklong workshops to the public at the studio. Production dyeing is also performed for our commercial customers to create markets for natural dyes sourced from our partner communities. The dye garden is both a collection of over a hundred dye plant species and a source of plant material for the studio experimental work.

GENERAL TERMS & CONDITIONS

INCLUDED FOR ALL PARTICIPANTS:
Workshop program, lunches and dinners, and scheduled local transportation, as stated on the “Workshop” tab of the event’s webpage; arrival and departure airport transfers.

INCLUDED FOR RESIDENTIAL PARTICIPANTS:
Twin-share accommodations as stated on the “Workshop” tab of the event’s webpage, breakfasts.

Note: twin share rooms may be made up with a king size bed for couples; single room supplements available on request; shared accommodations for a participant’s partner available on request.

INCLUDED FOR NON-RESIDENTIAL PARTICIPANTS:
Morning and afternoon shuttle transfers between accommodations in central Ubud and the workshop venue are included in the workshop. The shuttle route will be along Raya Ubud Road, Hanoman Road, Monkey Forest Road, and Suweta Road and participants will be notified before the workshop what time and where their morning pick-up will be.

PRICES
All prices are listed in United States dollars.

PAYMENT BY CREDIT CARD
Payment may be made by credit card via a secure automatic link from the booking website to the credit card processing site of Maybank Indonesia. As banks in Indonesia only process transactions in Indonesian rupiah, the United States dollar value of the workshop will be automatically converted to Indonesian rupiah at the prevailing rate before the payment is processed.

PAYMENT BY PAYPAL
Payment may be made via PayPal by credit card or debit card without a PayPal account, or from you PayPal account balance. Payment via PayPal will be charged in US dollars.

PAYMENT BY BANK TRANSFER
Payment can also be made directly:

  • Complete the registration process and chose Bank transfer as your payment method.
  • We will then put your place on hold so that it does not get rebooked.
  • You will receive an email with the bank transfer instructions. Please then make the bank transfer within 5 working days, ensuring all bank fees are paid by you.
  • Email an image of the transfer receipt to tour@threadsoflife.com. If we do not receive either the bank transfer or an email of the transfer receipt within 5 working days, we will cancel your booking.
  • When we receive payment, we will confirm your place in the workshop.

The bank transfer information is as follows:
Account name: PT Ersania
Account number: 2-195-091015
Bank Name: Maybank Indonesia
SWIFT code: IBBK IDJA
Branch: Ubud
Branch Address: Jalan Raya Ubud, Ubud, Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia

TRAVEL INSURANCE

Travel insurance is required for all participants. The insurance must cover the loss, expenses and damages arising from, including but not limited to, the cancellation of the workshop (whether in whole or in part), cancellation of participation in the workshop due to personal accident and injury or bereavement or loss of job, personal accident and injury and personal liability during travel, medical and repatriation costs (an emergency air medical evacuation to Singapore can cost upwards of USD 30,000 and medical care facilities in Indonesia are significantly different from the West and medical evacuation is extremely expensive), loss of baggage and personal money and belongings and flight cancellations and delays.

MOUNT AGUNG
In the event that an eruption of Mount Agung on Bali disrupts travel to or from Bali for the workshop, or makes hosting of the workshop impractical or unsafe, the organizers will cancel the workshop. Under such circumstances, participants will claim refunds for the workshop fees from their travel insurance. If a participant’s travel insurance has an exclusion on claims caused by the eruption of Mount Agung, Threads of Life will make a full refund of workshop fees upon receipt of a copy of the certificate of insurance including this exclusion; however, in such circumstances the organizers cannot be responsible for any participants’ airfares or non-resident participants’ accommodations.

FORCE MAJEURE
We regret we cannot accept liability or pay any compensation where the performance or prompt performance of our contractual obligations is prevented or affected by reason of circumstances amounting to “force majeure”. Circumstances amounting to “force majeure” include any event which Threads of Life and workshop leader(s) could not even with all due care, foresee or forestall such as (by way of example and not by way of limitation) acts of God, terrorist activities, insurrection, explosion, flood, tempest, forceful wind, fire or accident, war or threat of war declared or undeclared, sabotage, civil disturbance, labor strikes, requisition, sickness, quarantine, government intervention, weather conditions, and unforeseen circumstances.

 

SPECIFIC TERMS & CONDITIONS
Threads of Life offers two kinds of workshop: those taught by our in-house team of dyers and researchers, and those taught by outside teachers. There are therefore two variations of the participant cancellation clause, based on the workshop is led by a Threads of Life in-house teacher or an overseas teacher.

TERMS & CONDITIONS FOR A WORKSHOP TAUGHT BY AN IN-HOUSE TEACHER

PARTICIPANT CANCELLATION AND REFUNDS FOR A WORKSHOP TAUGHT BY AN IN-HOUSE TEACHER
Cancellation requests must be made by email to tours@threadsoflife.com. The date of cancellation is the date on which the written cancellation is received in Bali. No refund will be made for failure to attend or if you voluntarily leave the workshop for any reason after it has begun. No refunds will be given for any accommodation, transport, sightseeing, meals or services not used during the workshop. Cancellation may be made at any time and refunds will be reversed directly to your credit card with the following conditions:

  • A 100% refund will be made within 7 days of booking to allow participants to arrange air tickets and time off from work. 
  • From 8 days after booking, and if there are still more than 121 days until the workshop, a 90% refund will be made for cancellation.
  • From 120 days before the workshop up to 61 days before the workshop, a 50% refund will be made.
  • Within 60 days of the workshop, no refund will be made.

GROUP SIZE, AIRFARES, AND WORKSHOP CONFIRMATION FOR A WORKSHOP TAUGHT BY AN IN-HOUSE TEACHER
Maximum and minimum group size are as stated the “Workshop” tab of the event’s webpage. If participation fails to meet the minimum group size the workshop will continue, but the workshop contents may be modified. You will be notified of any such changes by email.

WORKSHOP CANCELLATION BY ORGANIZERS
If the workshop is cancelled by the organizers, there will be a 100% refund of participants’ workshop payments within 28 days of the cancellation; however, we cannot be responsible for refunds of participants’ airfares or non-residential accommodation costs. 

 

TERMS & CONDITIONS FOR A WORKSHOP TAUGHT BY AN OUTSIDE TEACHER

PARTICIPANT CANCELLATION AND REFUNDS FOR A WORKSHOP TAUGHT BY AN OUTSIDE TEACHER
An outside teacher’s travel and organizational costs for a workshop are significant and in order to maintain a small group that offers personalized teaching we have a strict cancellation policy. Payment is therefore non-refundable except under the following conditions:

  • If a cancelled participant’s place is resold and the workshop achieves its maximum group capacity (see Group Size, Airfares, and Workshop Confirmation), a full refund will be made;
  • If a cancelling participant finds a new participant to replace them, their payment may be transferred to the new participant;
  • All refunds will be processed within 28 days of the start of the workshop. Refunds will be reversed directly to your credit card.

Cancellation requests must be made by email to tours@threadsoflife.com. No refund will be made for failure to attend or if you voluntarily leave the workshop for any reason after it has begun. No refunds will be given for any accommodation, transport, sightseeing, meals or services not used during the workshop.

GROUP SIZE, AIRFARES, AND WORKSHOP CONFIRMATION FOR A WORKSHOP TAUGHT BY AN OUTSIDE TEACHER
Maximum and minimum group size are as stated the “Workshop” tab of the event’s webpage. If participation fails to meet the minimum group size by 90 days before the workshop start date the workshop may have to be cancelled. We therefore recommend participants wait to buy their tickets to Bali, and if they are non-residential participants to pay for their accommodations, until we confirm by email that the minimum participation has been achieved.

WORKSHOP CANCELLATION BY ORGANIZERS
If the workshop is cancelled by the organizers, there will be a 100% refund of participants’ workshop payments within 28 days of the cancellation; however, we cannot be responsible for refunds of participants’ airfares or non-residential accommodation costs. 

Residential Accommodations

This workshop will be held at the Threads of Life natural dye studio and the Bebali Foundation dye plant garden, both of which are on the grounds of the Umajati Retreat where residential participants will be accommodated. The Kokokan House at Umajati Retreat is a self-contained cottage made from recycled wood that overlooks the dye plant garden. It accommodates two people in either king-size or twin beds with an en-suite bathroom and ceiling fans. Breakfast is included and will be served by the daytime staff, who also clean the house. Upon request, they will prepare a dinner from our reasonably priced menu of healthy and vegetarian food for you to self-serve. Umajati is a lush garden property with a shared swimming pool that offers easy access by scheduled complimentary shuttle to Ubud’s many restaurants, spas, and cultural opportunities.

Additional information

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