Home' Scoop Homes and Art : SHA 29 Winter 2011 Contents in Sydney in 1996 and later exhibitions at Charles Hewitt
Gallery in Sydney’s Darlinghurst.
As her artistic exploration increased, Jude found herself
‘liberating’ her art from the hard-edged boundary of her lino
cuts, printing on fabric and turning her one-off images into a
new language of pattern. Knowing Indonesians printed batik
fabrics using handheld blocks, she travelled to Solo, the cultural
capital of batik in central Java, to investigate. “It’s the centre of
tradition and they weren’t really open to me coming in with new
ideas. So I turned to screen-printing,” she says.
She also noticed that in another part of Indonesia, the Balinese
had a strong sense of beauty. This observation led her to Bali,
where she was introduced to Desak Putu Nithi, who runs her
own fabric printing and garment workshop in Ubud. “Nithi liked
my patterns and I could see immediately she had a great eye.”
Nithi runs her workshop at the front of the family compound;
her husband and son are artists and her daughter trained in
Jakarta in clothes design. “I was up on the third floor designing
my material. My dressmaker sister and I chose the fabrics that
we wanted and the screen size to make the patterns,” Jude says.
She’d been in Bali a month when, on her final day, the
first bolt of material emerged – black kangaroo paw printed
on olive material, with yellow highlights.
“I was thrilled – whatever’s been driving me is almost
intuition, a vague idea that it’s all going to work.”
Taylor Studio (08) 9274 3435, taylorstudio.com.au .
Jude Taylor has learned a lot from the Balinese
women and their culture
Observing Balinese women has been eye-opening,
she says. Nithi, who has a fabric and garment business
in Ubud, belongs to a group of businesswomen who
help the community by giving small loans to women.
Jude brought three women, including Nithi, from
Bali to pursue business opportunities in Perth – and
to attend a fashion show of garments made from
Jude’s Bali-printed fabric. It was the culmination
of her journey of discovery, in her art and in her
thinking about women and their physical and cultural
landscapes. “Women have a much more respected
role in Bali than what I see here,” she reflects. “The
fascination of the feminine is honoured there.”
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