Batik #3: A process of color

 “Colors are the deeds and sufferings of light”
-Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

photo a photo b

As the third and final piece for the beginner-advanced batik course at Limbong Art in Cherating Beach, I appropriated some traditional Persian imagery (inspired directly by my Persian carpet, thank you very much) and simply allowed the layout and colours to evolve on their own as I went along. This is usually how I prefer my creative process to go – a vague idea of sorts that ends up taking its own direction, its own life.

photo c photo d

There isn’t a great deal to say about this except that as enjoyable as the process was, it nevertheless made me want to shoot myself in the foot numerous times. Trying to keep the wax lines steady and accident-free was pretty much impossible, so while it’s not perfect, it’s perfectly alright. In fact, I sort of prefer the moments of uneven wax, seeping ink, and errors, as it simply becomes a testament to the endless hours of real hands-on effort.

photo e

… And what is life, if not a beautiful collection of imperfect moments?

photo f

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