From Handbag Design to Origami Art, the Rebirth of Sabbatha

Jun 20, 2019
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Following the phase in my artistic career creating luxury handbags and jewelry, I have started a new venture. My Journey as an Artist with Origami 3D Illustrative Architectural Artwork begins with a spirit to re-contextualize Indonesia’s rich cultural heritage for the modern age.

In my heart this innovated artistic tug is such unrelenting.

Designer versus Artist

When I moved to Bali in 2000, I started out creating simple accessories along with bags in small volume. The idea to focus on bags came out of the desire to create my own interpretation of bags, a bag that only serves its purpose but is also unique.

I consider bags as an artwork, which I composed of many different leathers, from cow, goat to lamb, decorated with semi-precious and precious stones, such as black onyx, amethyst, serpentine or opal, which became my signature.

I wanted to create a bag that is like jewelry, and this became quite a success. My bags were being sold around the world and has charmed fashion lovers alike in addition to celebrities such as Julia Roberts and Katie Holmes as well as Indonesian top figures singers Anggun C. Sasmi, Melly Goeslaw and veteran actress Christine Hakim. My bags became more than only for carrying as personal day-to-day items but turned into collectors’ items.

As I have always said I rather wanted to be seen as an artist, not a bag designer. And I felt the internal urge to look beyond artistically.

My Artistic Rebirth

Mid-March 2014, I started to experiment with creating this innovation in art, of where two months later, my new passion for art grew even more. That was the moment that the art of folding – Origami – appeared in my mind. It was something in the art domain that can be innovated and can be evolved. This vision soon embodied into an artistic-forward array of new art masterpiece creation dedicated to those with an appreciation for great creativity and witty-full passion.