The Art Community in Guam is not complete without the name of Judy Flores attached to it. As long as I can remember, she brought the unique wax melted Javanese art form to Guam and then was able to bring the native Chamoru culture alive through it.
To achieve such vibrant colors, wax is applied to the fabric/cloth ( often a combination of bee’s wax and parafin wax is used) before the dyes are applied. Often a series of colors are used through several drying cycles. A canting needle is skillfully manipulated so that it allows the wax to seep out of a tiny spout of a metal cup attached to the wooden tool. Other techniques of applying the wax, including pouring the liquid and then using a brush, or applying it to a pre-carved wooden or metal or wire box and then stamping it on the fabric.
Since her arrival to Guam over 50 years ago, Judy truly adopted the the Chamoru culture. She learned the language and married a local boy. She has been active in many community efforts especially in the art community. She has written two local children’s books as a tribute to her grandchildren.
Her Batik works of art adorn many government buildings and businesses on Guam. She is an advocate of Arts Education and has earned a P.H.D. in the Arts of Oceania. There are a couple of web sites of interest: http://www.judyflores.com/Home_Page.html and https://batiksbyjudyflores.com/.
Judy Flores has made her mark on Guam and will forever be known as one of it’s island treasures.