We:30 Share & Tell: Candice Brings Art from Indonesia

Today I am sharing a piece of art I purchased in Yogyakarta, Indonesia in 2011 while I was participating in an international summer program called “DREaM.” Applications from all over the world were reviewed and 100 students from over 60 countries were selected to attend the program. 

After our seminars and volunteer activities one day, I ventured out to a local market with the intention of buying my father a handmade batik shirt. For those of you who don’t know, batik is a technique of manual wax-resist dyeing applied to whole cloth, or cloth made using this technique. The shops had no windows or doors separating them from the street, and the sidewalks were an extension of the shops, where bartering and shopping took place. 

I found a batik shop and started browsing. The gentleman in the shop, who spoke surprisingly good English, started chatting with me. We discussed politics, culture, and future aspirations for nearly 45 minutes. I mentioned that I wanted to bring something home to my father that was unique to the Indonesian culture, which I mentioned was the reason that I had gone to the shop. I remember him smiling and saying that there was an art gallery down the street, and he would be happy to take me there. I accepted his generous invitation, not realizing the adventure I was about to go on. He then muttered something to another gentleman in the shop and motioned for me to follow him.

Out to the street we went. We took about three turns before I realized that wherever he was taking me was not on the main road where the tourists typically shopped. For a moment, while in a small alley, I was not so confident that I had made the right choice by following the man, but shortly thereafter, we entered a door that revealed dozens of batik art hung on the walls of three rooms. He introduced me to the owner of the gallery, then stood, admiring the art next to me for several minutes.  He then pointed out that the piece of art we were looking at was in fact his. He explained the concept behind it—the piece of art was a representation of mother earth. He left after a few minutes, and soon after, I left the shop 1 million Rupiahs poorer ($90 USD), but with one awesome piece of art in hand, and a mind filled with memories.

What this piece of art means to me:
This item reminds me that the best stories and experiences can be found in the most unexpected places, and can be told by the most unexpected people.

A little bit about Candice:
A Project Manager at Red Door, Candice orchestrates complex projects for clients including Caldera, Reliant Funding, and more. What has been even more impressive than the continuous evolution of her PM-skills since joining Red Door in 2013, is the fact that she manages to find the time to share recommendations with the team to improve the way we work. The certified PMP (Project Management Professional) is a lifelong learner—earning this industry-recognized certification is just one outcome of her dedication to learning and growth.

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