I've continued the work on the character of Mbok Jamu, the Indonesian peddler of traditional herbal drinks (jamu).
Note: if you Google for Mbok Jamu images, you'll see lots of NSFW images, if you know what I mean (*wink wink).
I know I've been a bit mysterious about it, haven't really written anything, but I think I just needed some time to finalise my project plan. I've been playing around heaps with the traditional Indonesian textile, Batik. Drawing, sketching... it's amazing how many different batik patterns there are as batik is a traditional textile that's been around for hundreds of years.
Researching for batik hasn't been that hard, but I am so so glad that the UNSW and COFA libraries both have quite a collection of Indonesian batik. I've even managed to get a book on how to make your own jamu at home. This has also made me realise that living in Australia, I am missing out on so many of the really good herbs that are usually used in Indonesian cooking!
So as an update... here are some preliminary stuff: a relief of Mbok Jamu done in porcelain, with batik fabric and batik pattern drawn onto a piece of tile.
By the way, I decided to apply for the Syntropy Sarawak project that COFA is doing. It's basically a 2-week intensive course in Sarawak, Malaysia as a cross-disciplinary collaboration of ceramics and textile. Amazingly, that is what I'm already doing for this semester! So I started writing for the application a month before, treated it like as if I was doing a job application, but I still ended up submitting it on the due date! Wish me luck, I do hope I get in.
More information here if you're interested: http://syntropysarawak.blogspot.com.au/
On a completely different topic, I have been reading the regretsy.com websi
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