Batik artists from Indonesia to speak in Auburn

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Internationally known batik artists Agus Ismoyo and Nia Fliam will give a special presentation and trunk show from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15, at The Arts Building, 808 Lincoln Way, Auburn. Hosted by local fiber artists Keith and Merridee Smith, Ismoyo and Fliam will give a preview of a presentation they will make at the DeYoung Museum in San Francisco later in the week. They will speak about “empu,” the process they use to design and execute their creative and colorful pieces. When they founded their studio in 1985, they were committed to exploring the rich lessons of traditional Indonesian art, both in terms of technique as well as symbolism. Beyond the creative process and symbols of these ancient techniques, they have found a rich source of inspiration in an ever-expanding journey of artistic discovery. Ismoyo (Indonesian) and Fliam (American) work collaboratively to produce contemporary textiles in their fine art batik studio, Brahma Tirta Sari, in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. After the presentation, the artists will have a trunk show of their work, including silk scarves, accessories, pillow covers, purses and bags, for sale. There is no charge for the event. For more information, visit