A collaborative art exhibition showcasing Bali's time-honoured traditions, Changing Perspectives is happening right now at our favourite boutique and gallery...
A treasure trove of art, culture and creativity, Bali is a mecca for art enthusiasts. The island is the birthplace of master artisans, impeccable craftsmanship and heritage crafts that were once undiscovered or otherwise overlooked. Today, Bali’s age-old traditions and artisanal techniques are finally receiving the spotlight they deserve, thanks to global brands and honourable initiatives reviving ancestral crafts. Doing exactly that, and joining forces to bring us a boundary-pushing art exhibition that showcases Bali’s time-honoured traditions, is John Hardy and Make A Scene.
John Hardy is a Bali-born artisan community founded in 1975 from humble beginnings. Now an internationally acclaimed jewellery brand, John Hardy’s award-winning and handwoven pieces are revered worldwide. Backed by over 600 talented artisans dedicated to preserving Bali’s chain-weaving heritage, John Hardy’s designs are meticulously crafted by hand using sustainable and ethically sourced materials. John Hardy is now a proud member of the Responsible Jewelry Council.
True to its roots, John Hardy regularly supports the island’s local community of artists. This time, John Hardy is opening the doors to the John Hardy Boutique & Gallery in Seminyak for a collaborative art exhibition with Make A Scene – an art and design collective on a mission to preserve the island’s time-honoured tradition of leaf-weaving.
A theatrical installation of woven leaves, textiles, and other earth-friendly textures, Changing Perspectives – An Exhibition by Make A Scene, is happening right now at the John Hardy Boutique & Gallery in Seminyak, taking place until 11th December 2023. Here’s the lowdown on what to expect…
Introducing: Changing Perspectives – An Exhibition by Make A Scene
Changing Perspectives is the brainchild of Make A Scene, Bali’s very own leaf creation studio that weaves larger-than-life sculptures and artscapes. Through this exhibition, the company is presenting its signature leaf-weaving in new dimensions, adding imaginative new mix media materiality. Think layers of Balinese textiles and colourful paper, different motifs and textures, all interwoven with leafy cutouts.
Step into the luxurious gallery space at the John Hardy Boutique & Gallery in Seminyak, and you’ll instantly journey through Bali’s vibrant and colourful artistic heritage. Taking centre stage is a majestic natural landscape, layered with rice terraces, the sacred Banyan tree, as well as banana and palm trees, all painted in warm sunset hues. Framing the scenery is a vivid, cobalt blue temple gate, with a child flying a kite, a woman carrying traditional offerings, and a dog patiently waiting to be fed. It’s Make A Scene’s theatrical take on Bali’s colourful way of life, presenting themes of playfulness and possibility.
On a mission to Make A Scene
Hailing from the Balinese village of Mengwi, Make A Scene is a team of designers and expert artists on a mission to preserve the island’s time-honoured tradition of leaf-weaving – an art form that’s uniquely Balinese, made by the most skilful hands and craftspeople. From towering sculptures and theatrical backdrops, to wearable art and wedding décor, each signature creation by Make A Scene is hand-woven and tells the story of Balinese culture and sustainability.
Happening now at the John Hardy Boutique & Gallery in Seminyak
When it comes to showcasing the best of Bali’s artistic community, there’s no better place than the John Hardy Boutique & Gallery in Seminyak. This breezy and earth-conscious space is a tranquil expanse of bamboo, Balinese brick and hand-carved wood, showcasing Balinese architecture and local artefacts. It’s a place where visitors can fully immerse in the island’s history, culture and artistic traditions, all while browsing John Hardy’s past and present collections.
Not your typical retail experience, the gallery also hosts workshops, immersive events and masterclasses, not to mention, exclusive and cultural dining experiences at The Kitchen, The Long Table and The Jamu Bar – each venue spotlighting authentic Indonesian cuisine and age-old recipes. Our top tip? Feast your eyes on the Changing Perspectives exhibition, then settle down on the boutique’s lush green lawn for John Hardy’s legendary Sunset Picnic…
You can visit the Changing Perspectives exhibition by Make A Scene at John Hardy Boutique & Gallery in Seminyak, from 31st October to 11th December 2023.