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Reviving the Classics

An Exhibition of Ceramics and Textiles at Jenggala March 14 Ė June 7, 2008.

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Bali's Jenggala Gallery will feature artworks by Hester Tjebbes and Obin, two artists of different backgrounds who combine traditional motifs with contemporary styles in their exhibition "Reviving the Classics."

Hester Tjebbes is a studio potter who loves traditional Indonesian crafts and combines local elements with traditions from other cultures in her artworks. Her reinvented Baroque motifs incorporating Bali's traditional styles can be found in her contemporary ceramic pottery. Similarly, Obin is well-known for blending Indonesia's traditional textile techniques into her stylish contemporary fashion. Both Hester and Obin freely admit to being inspired by their work environment. Their artworks are crafted by the artists themselves together with Indonesian crafts people.

Hester Tjebbes

Hester Tjebbes' ceramics are a unique mixture of classical and contemporary elements. Her background is multicultural European: Growing up in Sweden, living in Holland and France, while her first ceramics teacher was Takao Sakuma from Japan. Forever evolving, Hester is now proud to include Indonesian and Balinese influences in her work.

In her work styles travel back and forth across the world, while changing and growing into something new. The leaf decorations on Hester Tjebbes' tableware collection and on her big vases are reminiscent of Baroque motifs in Balinese stone and woodcarvings.

Her interest in traditional shapes can be felt in her large vases that recall traditional Indonesian Martavans, the large jars produced in South Kalimantan. The sculptural elements, such as birds and frogs, are the expression of her love for nature.

Her ceramics are sold in Europe, the US, the Middle East, and also to Jakarta and Bali.

Hester lives and has her studio in Burgundy, France. But, for the last 20 years she has also worked as a consultant to pottery villages in Indonesia. In 2004, together with 5 artist friends, she started a pottery studio in Bali. Her Eglantier Studio is known for its very large vases, all hand-thrown and hand-decorated. She uses stoneware and porcelain clays, fired at high temperature.


Strong Indonesian themes are the hallmark of textile artworks by Josephine Werratie Komara, more familiarly known as "Obin." Applying a variety of textile techniques including batik, embroidery, dotted, patchwork, smocked and drapery - the creative process of Obin and her team at Bin House bring a special message and feeling through the medium of fabrics. Colors, selections of motifs as well as design of the textile are used show the beauty, elegance, and the sensuality of the Indonesian character. In keeping with her reputation as a world-class designer, Obin's collections are universal in their appeal.

Exploration is central to Obin's artworks, which aim to create harmony and beauty for those who wear it.

Exclusivity and natural materials are a major attraction of Obinís fabric. One-of-a- kind creations, Obin's clothing designs reflect great dedication and care. Accordingly, a piece of Bin House material may take many months, sometimes even an entire year to finish.

In her exhibition at Jenggala, Obin provides selected pieces from her extensive collection.

Reviving the Classics

An Exhibition of Ceramics and Textiles by Hester Tjebbes and Obin

March 14 through June 7, 2008

Open Daily from 9:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.

Jenggala Gallery - Jalan Uluwatu II, Jimbaran, Bali

Telp. ++62-(0)361-703311.

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