I am very happy to report that I am one of nine finalist in the national Batik Design Competition offered by the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia. The theme of the competition is "The Spirit of America in the Heritage of Batik," chosen to reflect the expression of cultural fusion between United States and Indonesia through batik, and to bring American values in the tradition of Indonesian Batik. Batik is a big part of Indonesian culture and commerce. The craftsmanship exhibited in Indonesian batik is inspiring!
When I began crafting a theme for this competition my thoughts kept returning to the Native American people and the land itself. I also kept thinking about what an abundant place the United States is; abundant in land, resources, opportunity, and food. These ideas are what led to my batik design theme, ABUNDANCE. My design centers on the buffalo, the blueberry, and wheat. The background motif as well as the overall layout is inspired by traditional Indonesian batik design.
I will be traveling, with my very proud mother, to San Francisco for the award ceremony on November 8th. My design is currently being batiked by Indonesian batik artists and will hopefully be done by the event.
Special thanks goes to Joshua Benishek for his graphic design wisdom and skills!
The finished piece is quite large measuring 45 x 88 inches.