Femininity Explored and Redefined Through Batik Art

As we celebrate Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day, aNERDgallery and Together-gether collaborate for the first time to bring in an exhibition entitled “inVISIBLE: Exploring and Redefining Femininity Through Batik”. The exhibition runs from Sat, 17 March till Sun, 25 March at That Spare Room.

Featuring 15 traditional and contemporary batik textiles, including new commissioned works by contemporary textile artists Ratih Artika Dewanti and Tjiplies Pudji Lestari, the displays will be used to explore what femininity means in today’s world. Leveraging on the month that celebrates the various achievements of women, this exhibition will attempt to redefine femininity into qualities that resonate with the wider community who subscribe to the broad spectrum of womanhood.

Artists Dewanti and Lestari were invited to present their works because they, in part, embody the spirit of breaking barriers in an industry that is pioneered and dominated by their male counterparts. Theirs is an empowering story of inclusivity and representation in batik art.

All textiles on display will be on sale and visitors can also enjoy support programmes on the weekends. Both artists will be in attendance until Sun, 18 March. Batik enthusiasts and collectors will have the opportunity to interact with both artists through tours, art conversations over coffee and artist-led workshops over the weekend.

Entry to the exhibition is free while certain programmes are ticketed. Below are the details.

Exhibition

Venue: That Spare Room by The Fabulous Baker Boy
70 River Valley Road Singapore 179037

Duration: 17 to 25 March 2018 (closed on Mondays)

Programme

DateTimeVenueProgrammeCost
Sat, 17 Mar3 to 4pmThe Fabulous Baker BoyArt & Coffee with Ratih and Tjiplies

It is not every day that you get to enjoy an afternoon tea and coffee with an artist. Join textile artists Ratih and Tjiplies as they share about their artistic practices and the development of women artists in the region. Enjoy some sweet treats from The Fabulous Baker Boy while you’re at it! Facilitated by aNERDgallery and Together-Gether, this session is conducted in English. Japanese interpretation is available upon request. Limited to 12 participants.

 FREE
Sat,17 Mar7.30 to 8.30pmThat Spare RoomArtists Who Guide!

There is no one better to tell the stories behind their works than the people who created them. Join Ratih and Tjiplies as they share insights on the design and production of their work. This session is conducted in English. Japanese interpretation is available upon request. Limited to 15 participants.

 FREE
Sun, 18 Mar1 to 4pmThat Spare RoomBatik Workshop with Ratih

Channel your inner Thetis Blacker and Chuah Thean Teng in this batik workshop. Participants will learn about the process of a Batik Tulis, a traditional hand-drawn batik technique with a canting, to create an art masterpiece that are uniquely yours. This session is conducted in English. Limited to 6 participants.

S$60per person
Sun, 18 Mar1 to 4pmThat Spare RoomFabric Painting Workshop with Tjiplies

Learn the art of fabric painting with textile artist Tjiplies. With her unique techniques and signature blend of paints, participants will learn the different disciplines of textile arts and design their own personalised pouch. This session is conducted in English. Limited to 6 participants.

S$60per person
Sat, 24 Mar2 to 6pmThat Spare RoomThe Art of Shibori and Batik with Mai Textile Studio & aNERDgallery

Learn not just one but two textile dye-resist techniques – Shibori and Batik! Uncover the rich and unique features of these art styles where participants will incorporate both methods into a single piece of wearable art that they can show off to family and friends. This session is conducted in English. Limited to 12 participants.

 S$90 per person
Sun, 25 Mar 3 to 4pm That Spare Room Batik: What’s That?

An interactive talk by aNERDgallery about Indonesian batik. Learn fun facts (and misconceptions) about the art, its processes and stories behind traditional Indonesian motifs. This session is conducted in English. Limited to 12 participants.

FREE

 


Photo credits: aNERDgallery and Ratih Artika Dewanti

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