"American Batik Design Competition" 1st Place Winner!

Photo by Astri Wright

We are pleased to announce that Joanne Gigliotti is the 1st place winner of the first American Batik Design Competition. Her entry was entitled "Sun Rises from the East and Lights the West: America Completes the Circle" and was awarded first place (of the three first place winners, with the most points over all). The competition was held by The Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Washington, D.C., with the Consulates of the Republic of Indonesia in New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Los Angeles and Houston. Dr. Dino Patti Djalal, the Ambassador of Indonesia, stated that this competition was a challenge to US-based artists to design a batik with a distinct American style - hence the theme: "The Spirit of America in the Heritage of Batik". For more about the event and the class visit the site of The Embassy of Indonesia.

The awards dinner and ceremony was held on November 8, 2011 at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco. The event included the exhibition of batiks designed by each of the nine national finalists which were meticulously hand-batiked in Indonesia. This was followed by a two day batik master class, for all the finalists which was taught by fine artists from Indonesia and held in the textile studios at California College of the Arts.

Joanne loved the experience of designing the piece, participating in the event, seeing the fashion show, and meeting all the wonderful people through the competition and the class. She wants to thank the embassy for the opportunity and say congratulations to all the winners!

See giclee prints with details of the winning design and notes on the symbolism used in the piece.