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Meet Wayanna Batik
Meet Wayan and Anna, together they make Wayanna Batik! I met this wonderful pair in Ubud, Bali. Wayan is the batik artist who creates beautiful batik paintings inspired by nature, and Anna is the project manager who is building the brand.
Tell me about yourself: your name, age, where you’re from, what do you do?
My name is Wayan. I am 33 years old from Ubud, Bali, Indonesia. I am the batik painter.
I am Anna. I’m 33 years old, living in Bali. I am the project manager.
What is Batik art? History of batik? Process?
Indonesia is the home country to batik, it is ancient technology. Balinese people have kept this art from generation to generation.
The batik art involves drawing on a fabric with hot wax. This wax separates the drawing from the dyes that are painted over it. The batik artist then paints over the drawings, removes the wax by heating, then dries and sews the fabric, and prepares it for the shop.
How did you get into Batik painting? What did you do before you started Batik?
I have been painting since my childhood: by pencils, by acrylics on on t-shirts. I was working with my cousin on his fabric work. Then as my family’s homestay business grew, I took care of the homes we rented out. And then 2 years ago, I started to help my cousin with his batik. Now I have my own batik project with Anna.
What inspires you? Where do you draw your inspiration from?
Nature is the main thing which gives me inspiration. And most of my paintings depict nature.
Favorite spot to eat in Bali?
I like to eat at Made’s Warung (my uncle’s warung😊)
Tell me something I probably didn’t know about Bali.
Did you know about the *ceremony of cutting teeth of all 13 years old boys and girls?
We do it for sign that a person is now an adult.
*The mesangih or mepandes, is the ceremony wherein the Balinese smooth away the fang-like qualities of human teeth and, in doing so, smooth away the savage aspects of the soul.
What is your favorite quote?
Akuadalahkamu, kamuadalahaku (I am you, you are I).
So all people are the same and what you do for people, people will do for you.
The main idea is to live in peace and love.
Three words to describe your art?
Amazing, unique, beautiful. 😊
Hard handmade work, with magical colors and unlimited ideas.
Any goals you want to accomplish before the year ends?
How about in the next 5 years?
I want to have regular monthly orders before the year ends.
I hope my batik project will grow more popular and will develop the brand – Wayanna Batik brand!
I want to have my own house in the next 5 years.
Advice you would give to your 10-year old self?
Be honest. Follow your heart always.
This giant clam shell still intact.
The glow of sunlight through the windows in the studio.
The mangroves in the backyard lagoon. What are you grateful for?
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Productive Saturday – a moody sunrise, a couple hours of work, impromptu home improvement projects… oh, and we painted our fridge blue!read more
Friday feelings are a thing. Solo SUP after work to ponder over the water, and other thoughts that make me feel some type of way.read more
Hanging out with a young Samoan Starling (Aplonis atrifusca) on our heads by the beach. Just another picture perfect evening in American Samoa.read more
Weekend blurbs and random thoughts… Who sings this? Ian at Rose Atoll. I don’t have my camera right now. Midnight self care.read more