The Creative Process of Javanese Batik
• 07 – 11 September 2020

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Workshop Price — Workshop with Residential Option Price

07-11 September 2020: Workshop
(06-12 September: Workshop with 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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Description

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; 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.

TERMS & CONDITIONS

The terms and conditions stated below are split into three sections. There are:

  1. Workshop Terms and Conditions, for multi-day natural dye workshops;
  2. Artist Residency Terms and Conditions, for multi-day use of the natural dye studio;
  3. Batik Class Terms and Conditions, for half-day natural dye batik classes.

 

1. WORKSHOP TERMS AND CONDITIONS

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

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
Workshop 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.

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:

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.

 

2. ARTIST RESIDENCY TERMS AND CONDITIONS

STUDIO USE
Access to the natural dye studio is from 9:30 am to 1 pm and from 2 pm to 5:30 pm during weekdays; lunch is served from 1 to 2 pm and is included in the price. There is plenty of space but resident artists are granted space on the condition that their work does not get in the way of scheduled production. Resident artists will observe the following studio practices: (1) The studio segregates its work areas by dye type to avoid marking the work of one colour with spots of dye from another; work that has been dyed one colour is not over-dyed in a production vat of another colour; (2) Vats are prepared specifically for over-dyeing; (3) Dyes, mordants, reducing agents, and soaps that are not part of the standard practices of the studio are only used if agreed to at a meeting of the studio managers and senior dyers; (4) The studio is left tidy at the end of each work day.

DYES
The standard production colours of the studio that are available to resident artists are indigo in organic vats, reddish-brown from Ceriops tagal, yellow from jackwood, and black from mud dye.

INCLUDED MATERIALS
Dye materials are included in the price of the artist residency up to a limit determined in relation to the amount of cloth or yarn that may be dyed. The price of the residency includes the dyeing of an average of 1.1 square meter of cloth (or the equivalent weight in yarn) per day: so for a five day residency an artist can dye five square meters of cloth. Resident artists may bring their own fabric or yarn, or use the 1 meter of cotton cloth that is 1.1 meters wide which is included in the price for each day of the residency. Some handspun, handwoven cottons of various widths, and some silks, are also available for purchase and use.

MORNING AND AFTERNOON TRANSFERS (optional)
For artists who chose not to take the accommodations, there will be an extra charge of IDR 70,000 per transfer for transport from the Threads of Life gallery at Jalan Kajeng 24, Ubud, in the morning and back to the Threads of Life gallery in the afternoon. In the morning, the driver will meet artists in front of the Threads of Life gallery at 9:00 am. Transfers will invoiced at the end of the residency based on the number of transfers taken.

PRICES
Studio use, for alumni of a multi-day workshop: USD 70 per person per day, including lunch.
Studio introduction, for those who have not completed a multi-day workshop: USD 130 per day per person for 2 days, including lunches.
Accommodations: USD 60 per room per night, including breakfast. This room will accommodate two people in twin beds or a king size bed.

HOW TO BOOK AND PAY
Inquiries about availability may be made to tour@threadsoflife.com. Once dates are agreed, an invoice will be sent that can be paid by bank transfer or with a credit card via PayPal. Booking of the residency is secured by making full payment.

PAYMENT OF INVOICE 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 OF INVOICE BY BANK TRANSFER
Payment can also be made by bank transfer, 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.
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

PARTICIPANT CANCELLATION AND REFUNDS
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 residency 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 made with the following conditions:
If there are still more than 121 days until the residency, 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.

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

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.

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.

 

3. BATIK CLASS TERMS AND CONDITIONS

PRICES
All prices are in Indonesian Rupiah.

BOOKING ONLINE WITH 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.

BOOKING ONLINE WITH 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 United States dollars as PayPal does not process payments in Indonesian Rupiah. The Indonesian rupiah value of the class will be automatically converted to United States dollar at the prevailing rate when the payment is processed.

BOOKING IN PERSON WITH PAYMENT AT THE THREADS OF LIFE GALLERY
This class may also be booked in person with the staff at the Threads of Life gallery, Jalan Kajeng 24, Ubud. Payment through the gallery may be made by cash or credit card.

CONFIRMATION OF PARTICIPATION
An email receipt for online payment or a retail receipt for payment at the Threads of Life gallery constitute confirmation of a class booking for a specific date and time.

CHANGING YOUR DATE OF PARTICIPATION
A confirmed class booking may be moved to a different date by making a request via email to classes@threadsoflife.com at least 36 hours before that start of the class.

CANCELLATION
Participation may be cancelled by sending an email to classes@threadsoflife.com at least 36 hours before that start of the class.
A refund of class payments less a cancellation fee of IDR 100,000 per person can be collected in cash at the Threads of Life gallery at Jalan Kajeng 24, Ubud, between 10 am and 7 pm on the day of the class or thereafter.
If you are unable to visit the gallery, you may request that the refund be made via PayPal to a PayPal account. Paypal refunds will be made within 5 working days of the class that was cancelled.
(Unfortunately, due to Indonesian banking practices, online credit card payments cannot be reversed.)
No refunds will be made for failure to complete or attend a class.
If a class is cancelled by Threads of Life, a full refund will be made.

AGE LIMITATION
This class is only suitable for those over 12 years of age.

LIMITATION OF LIABILITY
Participants partake in this class at their own risk, knowing that they are working with dyes and hot wax that may cause personal injuries or damage to personal property if used other than instructed by class teachers. Threads of Life may not be held liable for any personal injuries or damage to personal property caused by the dyes and hot wax used during the class.

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.

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

The Creative Process of Javanese Batik

Non-Residential Participant, Residential Participant (Women only or couples)