SSF 2019 Featured Visual Artist Munirah Rimer


Teratai Malaysia was born out of Munirah Rimer’s desire to share her Malaysian culture and explore the world of batik.

Today, Munirah teaches batik painting to students in her home studio as well as various venues (art studios, retirement communities, offices, private homes) primarily in South Florida – including Miami, Broward, and Palm Beach.

She is also able to share that passion for batik beyond South Florida through her batik art painting kits. Each kit is handmade by Munirah and contains everything needed for a student to learn and enjoy batik painting. Batik art painting kits are available directly through Munirah as well as through the Teratai Malaysia website and can be shipped anywhere.

Students of all ages find Munirah’s teaching and kits meditative and therapeutic in addition to enjoyable and fun.

Munirah and her partner, Jonathan Ogden, continue to add to their knowledge of the batik craft by travelling throughout the world meeting and learning from masters in Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Laos, and more.


Whether she's hosting a spoken word event, music festival, or playing the role of a santera or vixen, Deborah Magdalena makes every emotion super real. This performance artist has acquired impressive TV & Film credits for the past twenty years including Sesame Street (CTW), Apollo Comedy Hour (Tribune Entertainment), Safe Harbor (Warner Brothers), Striptease (Castle Rock), Holyman (Caravan), and For Love or Country (HBO). As a published spoken word artist Deborah has released three CDs, a chapbook, and the spoken word musical FUNKdalena. As an artist-activist she’s the founder of Spoken Soul Festival, a twelve year old, three-day festival that helps women artists go from novice to professionals. As an educator Deborah for the past eight years has led in-school presentations in numerous high schools for the National YoungArts Foundation, is the co-founder of Piano Slam, and led various workshops for local art organizations like Miami Light Project and Institute of Contemporary Art Miami. Most recently and for the seventh year in a row, she was invited by the Arsht Center and Ailey Arts & Education Foundation to serve as the Creative Communication instructor for Ailey Camp Miami.

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