Liz Keogh Palmer on visiting Jakarta

Posted: Thursday, May 4, 2017 - Uncategorized

The Australian Embassy, Jakarta is running a 12-month campaign throughout 2017. Celebrating all that is Aussie, tapping into the social media network to spread the word of the wonderful work and talents from ‘Down Under’ using the hashtag #AussieBanget (translated, means very Aussie).

Liz Jakarta 2

Each month the campaign features an aspect of Australian lifestyle, promoting Australia’s creative industries including fashion, film, digital, visual arts, performing arts and music; and achievements in the fields of sports, science and innovation.

In February the embassy showcased Australian Design, focusing on fashion and costume design. I was invited to present a series of university lectures on Australian Film Costume Design at leading design schools in Jakarta, Indonesia.

I have to thank George Liddle APDG for my introduction to the embassy, which has provided this wonderful opportunity to travel to Jakarta and meet the teachers and students from three of Jakarta’s leading intuitions. ESMOD, IKJ -(Jakarta Institute of the Arts) and Binus University -(Northumbria School of Design)

It was such an honour to present and discuss with students the process that a costume designer goes through to design and produce a costume for film. In a two hour presentation I discussed design conception, inspiration and influences for design in costume, illustrating and presenting ideas, fabric choice – including digital printing, lamination, beading and hand weaving, costume crew, construction techniques – including 3D printing and finally, the importance of collaboration with the director, production designer, makeup department and, of course, the actors.

All three university sessions where well attended with IKJ breaking holidays to be present, which was truly remarkable. I chose to discuss Gods of Egypt for these lectures as I was able to clearly demonstrate the use of non-traditional techniques for costume fabrication and show the outstanding level of quality in costume that can be achieved when you have onboard the help of a gifted and talented crew skilled in producing the extremely intricate designs that they were tasked to produce.


Whilst discussing fabric choice for costumes, the students where quick to show me samples of locally made textiles. Indonesia has a wonderful craft textile industry and this visit offered up many new contacts with hand weavers, textile artists and other craftpersons.


Liz in Jakarta

It was a wonderful visit to Jakarta and I must thank George again for his recommendation. To have the opportunity to spread the word of our ever-expanding film industry and discuss the art of costume design on an international platform has been a fabulous experience.

Liz Keogh Palmer


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