Q&A by Joanne Koh
Melbourne based silk painter Ida Suod has been honing her craft for the last 21 years and lately she’s had a busy few months. Besides working on her new collection that is due to launch soon, Ida will also be setting up shop on Little Collins Street in the CBD in two months time. We took a few minutes out to find out more about her new collection and what’s in store for her new venture. Ida will be facilitating a pop up workshop for Colour Box Studio: Introduction to Silk Painting on 1st June 2014.
How did you learn the art of silk painting?
It is mostly self-taught, experimenting and through observation. When I was in high school, I did tie dye as my final year art project. That was when I learnt about the process of dying textiles. I also watched my cousin complete her batik pieces as her final year art project. I also learnt a few tips from the artisans in Indonesia and Malaysia while I was on family vacations and visiting relatives.
How is your cultural background connected to your arts practice?
My paternal grandfather was an Indonesian horse trainer who later migrated to Singapore to open a chain of restaurants. My mother, a seamstress, was an Indonesian whose family has many businesses including textiles and fashion. My made-by-mum outfits were normally made from hand painted silk fabric that my aunt sold. I use wax resist (batik) to produce most of my work. As it is a dying art, I would like to preserve and share it with others. My first few pieces are mostly of horses which is a tribute to my grandfather. I have combined both art and fashion for my creations. My creations have grown from hand-painted silk scarves to screen printed contemporary classic women’s wear.
Have you experimented with other materials?
Yes, I have experimented with cotton, protein based textiles and natural textiles. I also paint on canvases, glass and other materials.
From an artist’s perspective, what sort of audience are drawn to your art, is there a particular type of person?
Tell us about your collaboration with New Model Beauty Queen. Why is collaborating an important part of your arts practice?
We set up a company together to open a new retail/manufacturing space in Melbourne CBD – Artisan Textiles Australia (ATA). It is important for Studio 941′s arts practice to continue growing, experimenting and sharing passionately. ATA is a pivotal location for emerging labels to produce and sell.
Tell us about the theme for your next collection? What inspired the idea for your theme and what does it mean to you?
What else have you planned for the future?
The CBD retail/manufacturing venture is a big one. It is my main focus for the next year or so. We have something planned for Craft Cubed, spring fashion week and Melbourne Knowledge Week over the next few months.
Sunday 1 June 2014, 9:30am- 12:30pm
The Work Room (at The Cotton Mills), Footscray
$75 including materials
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