Tuesday, 11 October 2022 at 6.45 pm for 7 pm
Venue: The Indonesian Embassy, 30 Great Peter Street, Westminster London SW1P 2BU
Dr. Maria Wronska-Friend, an Australian anthropologist and museum curator, gave a talk about Javanese batik as inspiration to European art in the late 19th and early 20th century.
Batik, the technique of patterning cloth through the application of wax, reached the highest level of complexity on the Indonesian island of Java. At the beginning of the 20th century the technique was introduced to Europe where it became a distinctive feature of Art Nouveau and Art Deco design.
The first experiments took place in the Netherlands around 1890 when a group of young artists introduced the Javanese method of wax-resist dyeing to textiles and objects of interior decoration. After 1900 batik started to be practised all over Europe, especially in Germany, France, Poland and UK. Its popularity lasted almost four decades. It is estimated that during the years 1890-1930 several thousand of European craftsmen, designers and artists used the Javanese method of decoration to apply hand-drawn wax to cloth, wood, ceramics, parchment and other materials.
The impact went beyond the technique. The intense fascination with batik resulted in the introduction of Javanese motifs and aesthetics into fashion and the works of European artists and designers such as Henry van de Velde, Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Henri Matisse.
To see Dr. Wronska-Friend’s short CV, click here. In October 2018 Dr. Wronska-Friend gave a lecture on batik at the Textile Museum in Washington D.C. Following the lecture, she was invited for an interview by the Indonesian Embassy in Washington D.C. Click here to watch her interview.
|Dr. Maria Wronska-Friend, an Australian anthropologist and museum curator, gave a talk about Javanese batik as inspiration to European art in the late 19th and early 20th century. During her talk, she also showed some examples of Batik clothes. The session was concluded by a lively Q&A session. If you missed this very interesting talk, you can watch the recording of the event here.|
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|Features and ReviewsThe Newsletter Editor, Dorothy Ferary, would encourage Society members to send in more contributions to the Features and Reviews section in the newsletter. These include short features such as reminiscences, travelogues and reviews on matters Anglo-Indonesian, both past and present. Reviews about exhibitions and other events in the UK that have an Indonesian flavour are also welcomed. Email your contribution to Dorothy at AIS_news@mail.com|
|The Value of Historical Fiction Writing in Learning History|
Saturday, 5 November 2022 10.15 AM – 4.30 PM
Lecture Theatre, National Maritime Museum,
Greenwich SE10 9NF Brick Lane Circle is organising a one day conference on the value of histrical fiction writing in learning history; East India Company Spice War Stories Project. The conference includes a talk by Mita Alwi and Abba Rizal Bahalwan from the Banda Islands and a performance from the Banda Islands.
This event is free but registration is required. To register and to find more information, click here.
Sunday, 6 November 2022, 11AM – 4PM
Vinegar Yard, 72-82 St. Thomas St, London SE1 3QX Have you been longing for the taste of Indonesia in the UK? Have you been wanting to reminisce memories in the land of paradise? Or maybe you’re someone who is intrigued by Indonesian delicacies and culture? Whichever you are, it’s a good time for the biggest Indonesian culture festival in the United Kingdom.
Accompanied by Indonesian and UK singers, musicians, and dancers.
Wednesday, 30 November 2022 11 AM – 6 PM
Gloucester Millenium Hotel Conservatory
14 – 18 Harrington Gardens,
South Kensington SW7 4LHIMMY London will be presenting their latest Indonesian Batik and Sikat Sumba ready-to-wear collections in collaboration with Sicilia & Raing for a Cultural Exhibition and Fashion Show during the Indonesia Now! event. The event program will include a 3 course seated asian buffet lunch, Ikat Sumba Textiles exhibition, fashion show, cultural dance & music performance, raffle, DJ disco, and all day shopping. Standard ticket stars from £59/person. For more information, click here.
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