'This is my last night with you...' has been crooning all over the radio while we worked for the past weeks. I never thought that it would really be the last night of my residency project here with the team behind Grafis Minggiran. These pictures were taken at about 3.41am. (My flight : 7.25am)
At this moment I had finally completed printing my editions for Print Parade #2 and Rully and Alfin continued to support me all the way as they laid out my work for signing and helped me with packing my prints.
Matur nuwun, Grafis Minggiran, for the kindness and hospitality that you have showered on me during my stay in Yogyakarta. It has been the most enriching experience working with all of you.
I am especially honored to have had the opportunity work with with skillful printmakers like Tape and Rully throughout the 17 days.
Tape and Rully has provided a nurturing environment for me to grow as a printmaker, with their professionalism, keen sensitivity to the medium, years of expertise and love for printmaking. They naturally assessed how to personalize their approach to conducting the two workshops through observation (sketchbook, gestures) and conversations, in order to spontaneously tailor make their approach to conducting the workshops suit my stubborn character.
They knew when to push and when to pull - in the process, they tore me apart, and put me back together once again. They gave me space to explore spontaneously, and to propose techniques to test out together, and encouraged me all the way. They cared. They believe in the process, appreciate the success of every print produced, and enlightened me to look at prints in a different light.
I am eternally grateful for them. This has made Tape and Rully one of the best teachers I have ever had, and in the course, impacted my life.
You know I really hate goodbyes, that's why I will be coming back!
See you all very soon.