Inspirational 22

Got featured in the Inspirational 22 

Inspirational is a virtual Art Magazine by John Hopper. 

Not only am I the cover girl, it include an interview about my passion for Batik, my conceptual installation work and plans for 2019, 15 pages in total.

The magazine also includes in depth interviews – both creative and personal – with the artists: Graeme Jukes, Stiofan O’Ceallaigh and Richard McVetis. There is also a feature article about the work of the artist Ebony G Patterson written by Inspirational feature writer Raquel Glusman, and a book review by the newest Inspirational feature writer Elaine Carstairs.

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23 & 24 February 2019 – Wastra Weekend #2

On Saturday 23 & 24 February 2019 me and Marlisa will organise Wastra Weekend #2 at animal park Taman Indonesia. After the success of the first edition, we hope to reach even more batikfans, textile lovers and other people who enjoy Indonesian art, culture, food & wildlife with this second edition!

This edition exhibition will be all about ‘Animals in Indonesian textile’. On Saturday you can visit the exhibition and for kids (& grown-up) we have a scavenger hunt through the park. Next to that, we organise a Batik Workshop on Saturday 23 February 2019. Me & Shuen-Li Spirit will share with you the world of Batik and you will create your own Batik Artwork to take home! For more info and to book go to 

On Sunday 24 February 2019 next to the ‘Animal in Indonesian textiles’ exhibition & scavenger hunt, we will show Indonesian traditional dance inspired by animals. In dances from  Java and Bali both th dance & the costumes are often inspired by animals like peacocks, butterflies and other insects. The dances will be performed & more will be shared on the costumes.

Peacock dance

There will be a {indoor} Pasar to get Batik, Ikat, sarongs, kebaya, gifts, bag and much more. Indonesian fashion designer Dian Oerip shows her new collection of woven & batik fabrics. Aryani Collection has the traditional sarong and kebaya. Butik Batik will bring products from Baobab Batik from Swaziland. These handmade, fairtrade products fro the South of Arfrica fit perfect with our aim for the Wastra Weekend.

You can bring your own Indonesian textiles at the ‘Wastra Consultation Table’ (Het Wastra Spreekuur), were experts will take a look and share their knowledge with you. We are happy to announce Sandra Niessen, specialist in Batak textile and expert in Indonesian textiles, will be one of the experts on Sunday.

Sandra Niessen will join the ‘Wastra Spreekuur’

In the Rumah Fashion, Fashion house, we share fashion inspired by Indonesia. The Batik Mural at the kids-expedition-room will be open to the public and I will give tours explaining the motifs I used. Of course you can take a Batik Statement at the Photobooth. On Sunday we have different brands as guest in the Rumah Fashion among which Guave, sharing their successful Voordekunst campaign and new collection, and LARAS, the label by Lara Peeters in which Dutch designers work with Indonesian Ikats & batiks to make bags & accessories.

Rumah Fashion with LARAS

Rumah Fashion with Guave

Check out our Facebook event for regular updates on the programme and what you can shop at the Pasar! 

Read about our first edition of the Wastra Weekend that was organised on 24 & 25 February 2018 at animal park Taman Indonesia:

on my blog ‘Wastra Weekend, First Edition Recap

See the Batik Statements visitors made in this Facebook album

Films Journey to Batik Projects

The journey to Batik – Tari Batik

Duration: 12 m 18 sec
Film:  Sabine Bolk
Dance: Dwi Anggraeni                                                        
Drawing: Mak Sium
Canting: Ibu Rasminah, Nurul Maslahah and Ibu Kustiyah
Dyeing: Ibu Juwariyah and Ibu Ramini
Filmed on location in Sleman, Jeruk and Batang on Java, Indonesia in 2016

From September till begin December 2016, Sabine Bolk was on Java (Indonesia) to capture the creative proces of Batik, Indonesian textile, in a short film. In 2009 Batik became to official UNESCO heritage of Indonesia. The technique of Batik, specifically Tulis (‘Handwritten’), have been under pressure for a long time. In the film Sabine shows the creative process through the hands of the makers. The leading role in the film is for Tari Batik, ‘Batik Dance’, performed by Dwi Anggraeni. This new traditional dance visualises the making of Batik. The dancer and Batikmakers show how Batik is still being made today, under pressure but far from forgotten.

Past Screenings

During my third ‘journey to Batik‘, October 2019, my film was shown in Jakarta, Pekalongan, Batang and Lasem. For more read more on my blog.

On 2 November 2019 during my talk at the Vrijmetselarij Museum, I wil also show my film, more info in News

From 24 – 26 May 2019 my film was in the exhibition ‘West meets East‘ at Stokvishallen as part of the ‘In The Spotlight’ program by Nieuwe Veste.

On 26, 28 and 30 May 2019 my film was screened at the Tong Tong Fair.

On 25 April 2019 my film was part of ‘HERSTORY, a program penayangan film’, organised by Perempuan Berkabar, at Ruang Audio Visual, Dinas Perpustakaan dan Kearsipan Kota Padangpanjang in Sumatra (Indonesia).

On 4 April 2019 my film will be screened at CultuurSpoor in Best as part of the Indonesische Culturele Maand by Stichting Hibiscus.

From 16 December 2018 my film was screened, on a big screen, during the opening of my exhibition ‘De reis naar batik – Dag en Nacht‘ at De Nieuwe Veste in Breda. Until 20 January 2019 my film was part of the exhibition.

On 10 January 2019 my film was screened during the third ‘Save The Loom‘ event at De Nieuwe Dakota in Amsterdam. 

Private viewing for the Red Hat Society of Capelle aan den Ijssel on 11 December 2018

On 17 November 2018 my film was screened at Masoek Sadja in Zwolle

On 15 July 2018 my film was screened during Madjoe Dua in Utrecht, I also gave a presentation about my journey to Batik.

On 25th of April 2018 my film was screened during Kopi Kecil in Eindhoven

On 24 & 25 February 2018 my film was screened during the first edition of Wastra Weekend at animal park Taman Indonesia. More information on

On  26th of January 26 2018 my film was part of the Shorts Program III of the SEAxSEA: The Southeast Asia x Seattle Film Festival. More information on

On the 14th of September 2017 during the Grand opening of the Asian Library my film ‘The journey to Batik-Tari Batik’ had its world premiere together with three other selected movies in the Cinema Room of the Asian Library at the University Leiden. The screening was part of the ‘Tour of Asia’ program and was organised by Framing Asia. More information on

For information on screening ‘Tari Batik’, please send me an email at

For more on the making of ‘The journey to Batik – Tari Batik’, please visit my blog The journey to Batik

Journey to Batik Projects

Overview of my exhibition ‘The journey to Batik – Day & Night’

2018 ended with and 2019 begin with my exhibition ‘The journey to Batik – Day & Night’ at Nieuwe Veste in Breda (NL). It was a wonderful month filled with Batik!

During the opening, I gave a tour through my exhibition. It was so great to share the stories of my ‘journey to Batik’ personally and luckily I could repeat it also for friends who visited the exhibition later.

Next to the exhibition, I gave two batikworkshop with Shuen-Li Spirit & made a slide-show for the piano piece by Leopold Godowsky called the ‘Java Suite’ performed by Poitr van de Werff, teacher at Nieuwe Veste, during their New Year Concert.

Kees van Meel interviewed me for his ‘Kijk in Kunst’ program for BredaNu. It gives a nice glimpse of the exhibition and in Dutch I share more about my ideas behind the exhibition and the Batiks on display.

Watch the video here:

I would like to thank everyone who went to see my exhibition, thanks for the great feedback and compliments!