For the uninitiated, Studio Ghibli has birthed some of the most famous films in pop culture history with titles like Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke and The Tale of Princess Kaguya. Their unique art style and magical way of weaving stories has cemented them as one of the most recognisable production companies in the world.
So, it’s no surprise that Studio Ghibli is constantly receiving tributes through various forms of art.
For Malaysian self-taught batik artist Farah Mohan, her tribute to the globally adored studio comes in the form of batik.
Assimilating our traditional Malaysian culture with Japanese pop culture, Farah manages to transform Ghibli’s animation into stunning batik patterns that I’m sure many people would proudly wear.
She uploads her process on Twitter as part of the Ghiblitober Challenge and so far, she has done two Ghibli patterns from Kiki’s Delivery Service and The Tale of Princess Kaguya (both exceptional films). Check out her process below…
Ghiblitober day 1 – Princess (Princess Kaguya)
So decided to join #ghiblitober and I pick Princess Kaguya from the The Tale of Princess Kaguya. Love how it’s almost similar to our Puteri Buloh Betong tale where they both were found inside a bamboo and possess such a rare beauty. pic.twitter.com/dsHJnWd7PZ
— farah mohan 🇲🇾 (@FarahMohan) October 1, 2020
Ghiblitober 2 – Witch (Kiki’s Delivery Service)
— farah mohan 🇲🇾 (@FarahMohan) October 2, 2020
Currently, Farah is on a short hiatus from drawings since she’s down with a fever but fret not, she has a myriad of different batik creations uploaded on her Instagram. Not only does she draw, but she also creates batik figurines as well as curate batik workshops for those interested in learning the craft.
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Tiba-tiba I’m thinking about the batik Jade Bunny. It will be there until Oct 4th if you guys haven’t check it out! 🐰 . Photo credit to my twitter peeps Iman Izzati and Salina Arifin . #kwaichaihong #KCHMidAutumn #novakbatik #projectbolat #batikart #batikdiy #batikmodern #batikmalaysia
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UPDATE: FULLY BOOKED! . Hi guys! Next batik workshop will be on 27th. DM me to book your slot! ✨ . Will be held at @kitasceni space and food will be prepared by @projekdapurumar . Lesson includes; •Batik canting from A to Z •Colour making •Colour & canting technique . You will do your own batik art & bring it back home! . DM to book! ✨ . #novakbatik #batikworkshop #batikclass
While we’re not sure when Farah will resume her Ghiblitober batik drawings, we’re hoping it will be soon because we’re missing our daily dose of soothing videos of her just doing her thing. And if we could suggest her next painting, we hope it’ll be of Setsuko from Grave of The Fireflies!