Workshops

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“Creativity is the source of knowledge”
– Agus Ismoyo

Tribawana: The Inner Journey and Outer Practice of Batik

A 5-day natural dye batik workshop. 30 January to 03 February 2017

Space limited to 12 participants

Awaken your creative potential through Java’s ancient Three Worlds Creative Process with tradition keepers Agus Ismoyo and Nia Fliam at the Threads of Life natural dye studio and botanical garden in Umajati Retreat, Ubud, Bali.

This 5-dayworkshop will explore the knowledge and practice of batik as two interlinking themes. Participants will receive a deep understanding of the creative process and indigenous wisdom of Java’s batik tradition. While putting wax on cloth through exercises facilitated by Agus and Nia participants will also engage in a personal creative journey that cultivates the intuitive sensitivity that the Javanese call rasa.

Beginning in 1988, husband-and-wife batik artists Agus Ismoyo and Nia Fliam have taught workshops and collaborated creatively with African, Australian Aboriginal and North American First Nation artists. 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. Together 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 (rasa) as a channel for their creative energies; and through this to forge a path to their own creative process.

Suitable for beginners, intermediate and advanced practitioners. Residential and Non-residential options.

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aboubakar-fofana-2The Living Blue: A 12-day indigo workshop in Bali with Aboubakar Fofana and Threads of Life

27 February to 10 March 2017

Space limited to 8 participants — SOLD OUT —

A master dyer from Mali, Aboubakar Fofana describes an indigo vat as “a living organism” of plant materials, fermentation and colour, and is recognised as one of the world’s foremost practitioners of fermented indigo vat dyeing and mineral mud-dye techniques. This intensive 12-day workshop focusses on Aboubakar’s speciality, the fermented West African indigo dye-vat, made using the whole indigo leaves and fermented over a week to produce a dye of unmatchable colour and fastness. Whilst participants wait for the fermented dye-vat to reach maturity, they will learn other dye processes, including powdered fructose (quick vat) indigo, mineral mud-dye, and a host of other colours from madder, cochineal, weld, walnut, catechu (cutch) and oak gall, offering a comprehensive introduction to dyeing with natural dyes for beginners and further insight for those seeking to extend their repertoire and techniques.

Suitable for beginners, intermediate and advanced practitioners.

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The Sweet Blue: A 4-day indigo workshop in Bali with Aboubakar Fofana and Threads of Life

13 to 16 March 2017

Space limited to 10 participants — A FEW PLACES LEFT —

A master dyer from Mali, Aboubakar Fofana focuses during this 4-day workshop on the use of powdered indigo and setting up a fructose vat using entirely non-synthetic and environmentally (and skin!) friendly techniques. The workshop explains the setting up and caring for a fructose vat, and the choice and preparation of the textiles to be dyed. Participants will experience the difference between powdered and fresh indigo during a day spent preparing indigo direct from the Threads of Life dye garden with the studio’s resident dyers. A fermented indigo vat that Aboubakar will have been preparing over the previous two weeks will also be available. Participants attain enough knowledge to set up their own vats and an understanding of how to achieve the best colourfast, light-fast and even results. Each participant will dye and take home a set of samples, and work on a larger project of their own with Aboubakar’s assistance.

Suitable for beginners, intermediate and advanced practitioners.

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