‘Wonder’ is a film by Michał Górzyński which features a tango performance by Melissa Sunjaya and Gennysam Delos Reyes Alcantara from the Los Sueños Association in Singapore. It was filmed in Jakarta, in Melissa’s grandmother’s house, where she grew up. The music ‘Desilusión’ was composed by Pablo Motta from Buenos Aires. In this piece, Pablo played the piano and double bass with two other musicians: Anna Kostyuchek – Violin and Ginger Murphy – Cello.
The Argentine tango is a unique dance depicting a dialogue between two people. Every action is like a sentence and dancing through a song is akin to completing a whole conversation. In social dancing, a Tango is never choreographed. For both the leader and his partner it is about listening, not only to the music tempo but to the movements of each other. The emotion and drama inherent to the tango is the reason why many call it “the dance of life.”
All great tango dancers focus on three things: being utterly grounded to the core of the body, breathing tall, and maintaining balance while creating an internal rotation along the spine. From a top view, the movements of two people dancing Tango often illustrates the symbol of infinity (∞). The tango is a spiritual dance in which two minds unite.
The latest Wonder will be available at Tulisan Boutiques on February 25, 2015.
This special day in February marks the final season for our Wonder Prints Edition. The design for this art nouveau inspired collection was derived from the Anima playing card set. This unique card set was the product of a special collaboration with my friend, Sébastien Théraulaz. Illustrating these cards was such a delightfully memorable experience that I wanted to share with you the inspiration behind the catfish card…
I wanted to make the Joker cards something special. So, to complete the Anima deck, I picked the quirky catfish to symbolize a divine oracle. Catfish are bottom feeders, yet they are acutely sensitive to the sights and sounds of their environments. I found their ability to adapt and thrive in murky circumstances inspiring. I envisioned the Oracle of the Divine Catfish to be a simple soul who inspires us to acknowledge the limitations of our physical reality and embrace what our dreams and imaginations have to offer.
What inspires you to overcome your limitations and embrace the wild unknown?
I would love to know!
xxx, M. S.
Photography by Michał Górzyński
Model by Azzura Nadia Pongai
Collection Design by Melissa Sunjaya, Weina Ding & Michał Górzyński
Illustration by Melissa Sunjaya
It begins with a small step,
Moving against an entangled web.
On a journey to a thousand miles,
Filled with turbulence and trials.
Ploughing the hills with devote,
As we welcome the cashmere goat.
Furry and fuzzy with a fleece,
Mistaken to be slightly obese.
Attracting fortune piece by piece,
While they shout, “Gong Xi! Gong Xi!”
Welcoming the year of the sheep! Have a happy a Chinese New Years 2015!
“I was hooked by the enjoyment and appreciation of seeing the expression people had over my cooking” – Putri Miranti Indra
A hazy yellowish tone accompanied by a classic French chanson and the mysterious arms pouring sugar over a steel pot. Discreet and unknown, this anonymous body adorning a Tulisan Admiral Kasarung Apron then gently fuses the ingredients together to form a delicately sticky form of caramel as our view is later shifted to the face of the taster and cook as she quietly moves away from the focal shoot. This was my first memory of Putri Miranti in a cooking video before finally having met her a year later.
Two things that immediately attracted my attention to Putri Miranti upon our first encounter were her brightly lit red lipstick and her bulging eyes. All of which speaks volume to her vibrant personality. With her straight-cut bangs that gave ample attention to her eyes, Putri embraces a wonder to whatever comes across her. She radiantly throws her confident smile as we shook hands and moved on to our meeting.
Any cook I have encountered would always mention the love of cooking to start from the home. As for Putri, whose family owns a catering business, the exposure to the cooking world was natural for her. Her favorite pastime as a child would be playing cook, “I have always been an ambitious cook,” explaining her process in a cooking set-up where she favored creating a make-believe ‘Gado-Gado’ (Indonesian mix vegetable dish) with leaves or Chocolate Chip Cookies with mud and stones. “I always dreamed of having a Doraemon pouch filled with cooking utensils.”
Even during high-school years, she knew where she was headed, she forgo the Science Major by requesting the school Principal the course would not be convenient for her future interest to pursue cooking wholeheartedly.
What she does today in becoming a cooking host for an independent cooking YouTube Channel, KokikuTV, and mastering the balance of teaching cooking lessons and becoming a private dining chef may be perceived to happen by instant in this self-made generation. But Putri has actually gone through a series of exploration before finally setting foot on a path she confidently feels arranges her love for cuisine. She has worked 12 hours straight in a day in the hospitality business in Singapore which resulted in a serious case of backpain for the tedious routinity of carrying 12 or 15 kilograms of mixers and repeatedly doing the same form of recipes.
It was as if she was guided by her two TV food personalities, Anthony Bourdain and Nigella Lawson, who became the benchmark to express her true artistic vision. After the pain of overworking, she decided to take a break from the culinary world to take on an offer which answers her love for traveling. She became a TV host for a traveling program, in hopes she could shift gear back into her main love of making food.
Early on, before having her own cooking show, I asked – rather awkwardly afraid of using the wrong words – of her love of being in the spotlight, to which my reserved question she dismissed confidently, “You mean whether I love appearing in the spotlight? Of course! I prefer talking for hours than writing” (The exact words she used in Indonesian was “Banci Tampil” which is roughly translated as being a “Spotlight Hogger”) as she laughed her giddy laugh.
It was the priorities of a married life which pushed her to review her frequent travels. “Maybe it was meant to bring me back to creating.” Putri realised the initial discipline behind the kitchen combined with the curious tastebuds from traveling made her want to influence and share her knowledge to a wider audience. The more viral it is through media, either print or online, the more she feels of it as a learning experience to upgrade her skills.
Today, her recipes are a merge of techniques and recipes of international and local. Especially after having two people, her mom and the much-respected father of Indonesian culinary, William Wongso comment on using the variety and abundant resources found in Indonesia. For the Tulisan team, she made the Banana Profiterole which was inspired by the classic Indonesian Banana Fritters.
She continues to innovate with much perseverance and a stimulated motivation, “I like to have fun in the kitchen, once you are rigid, it shows in your food.” As Putri’s voice animates from lines of squeaking sentences to glaringly laugh without reservation, she embodies the fun and excitement ready to fire blaze and lit the room with her persona and visual treats.
Text by Athina Ibrahim Photography by Michal Gorzynski
Styling by Alexander Zulfikar Lalisang
Once the Romans were romantic drunks,
Naked and wild acting like punks.
Marked on the fourteenth day of the second month,
Where flowers become the main hunt,
And chocolate a great stunt.
To whisper the words held close to the heart,
before they dissipate and break apart.
Becoming the hallmark of the year,
Celebrating a lifetime full of cheer.
May your valentines be filled with the joy from your loved ones. Cherish what you have!
In welcoming the symbolic Chinese New Year of the goat, we recently showcased the launch of our exclusive Batavia Hotel Time Capsule Limited Edition. Derived from the story of Batavia Hotel where the main character is a goat, Melissa Sunjaya shared to the room of people who were given a golden masks the symbolic meaning behind their concealment. Batavia Hotel is a means to portray the masks everyone wears in their daily life. It is a story of romance narrated through the eyes of the protagonist who conceals the pain and loss of the love of her life – the goat-head man who strayed from the truth and dissolves in a world of deceit and luxury.
This special edition is a precise reproduction of the Beach Bag with much advance quality featuring a custom serigraph art print. With only 12 pieces offered on the launch, each tote was packaged nicely in a wooden box where you will find a hand-stitched hardbound book of the Batavia Hotel Story.
In line with the launch of the Batavia Hotel Time Capsule was the introduction of two new colors from the Fall/Winter 2014 – 2015, the Plume Prints Edition. The two shades introduced were Light Snow and Smokey Night, where each purchase was accompanied by a special Plume Fortune: a red feather including a special word of charm.
- Tulisan Chronicles Team
Photography by Hotmaidah Nainggolan
As the new year calls for a time for reflection, the passing month of January invites us to recall the preceding years with an open arm as we welcome the new with a (hopefully) light heart. Still giving the spotlight to the Fall/Winter 2014-2015 collection, last January, we presented to you another set of our ‘Plume’ collection featuring two contrasting shades of Light Snow and Smokey Night. ‘Plume’ is an Art Nouveau inspired illustration of an owl, where the forms and function of the designs were reconstructed to suit the daily habits and lifestyles on a greater scale.
As we mentioned previously, this Fall/Winter 2014-2015 collection digs deeper to explore the primal instincts of human beings finding connections between our subconscious and the rest of life. The contradictory shades featured extends a basic human condition summed by the words of jewellery designer Vivianna Torun Bulow-Hube, “Where the sun shines strong, there will always be deep shadows.” Giving thought to the idea that darkness will always walk together with lightness. With the new year 2015, Tulisan invites you to embrace both shades of life with Plume and carry it with pride.
Plume: Light Snow Cruise Bag Plume: Light Snow Olio Clutch
The following video with photography by Michal Gorzynski and Hotmaida Marttianggo Nainggolan with editing done by Michal Gorzynski previews what we will launch this January 28th, 2015.
This exceptional set, the Batavia Hotel Collector’s Edition Time Capsule, is a special giftwe hope can be passed on for generations for its intricate detailing. Taken from the 2011 illustrated collection written and illustrated by Melissa Sunjaya, the story is layered to depict a complex romance filled with passion and jealousy which speaks of the alarming irony of a social climber.
With only 12 editions available this is an heirloom-quality serigraph art print is made on a limited run. Handcrafted with the finest materials in small batches with signed and numbered certificate of authenticity.
Read more on how you can have your hands on this limited edition here.
She toyed around with the toy plane, a reminding gift of their adventures together, seeing what her eyes were not accustomed of seeing. Flying up in the air, overlooking the oceans which sparkled brightly against the sun.
She paused to ask her father “Can I not stay up here and settle with the brightness and beauty of the sky?” He gently replied,“You need to land once in a while to keep you grounded. And once you do, you will realise how precious it is to reach this charming view.”
Last march were the last of her adventures together, as he closed his eyes to a higher place. She leaned by the door, hoping the weight will bear the anticipation of her next adventures as she recalls the warmth of her father’s words.
Cruise Bag: Wonder Red Sangria Concerto Tote: Wonder Light Mint
Michal Gorzynski (pronounced “Mee-how”) is our in-house graphic artist who have been actively involved in the product development of our Fall/Winter 2014 – 2015 “Plume & Wonder” collection and all the motion graphics you saw from Tulisan last year and this year. We dubbed him as “The Man Who Knew Too Much,” in our previous article for his brooding curiosity and knowledge in the visual world.
Interested to know what this man has to say about Tulisan? On January 12th to January 16th, 2015, Michal will be available at our Plaza Senayan store as our boutique specialist to serve and answer any questions you have of Tulisan. Care to grab a bag and maybe more?
See you at our Plaza Senayan Store!
Plaza Senayan, Level 2,
Jalan Asia Afrika 8,
As we end the year of 2014, we reflected on the many events we proudly are able to share with you. On December 12, 2014, Melissa Sunjaya’s beloved story “Pepe and the Flying Baloon,” was transformed into a magical performance performed by the KDM (Kampus Diakonia Modern) children, a non-profit organisation dedicated to rescuing abandoned children from the streets of Jakarta. Choreographed by Lauri Kee Schep & Anne Rooze, the performance brought forth a different light to the Pepe and The Flying Balloon story as we could feel the actual despair of the children as performed by the main actor as she struggles against the harshness of the street and falls into the embrace of those who took care of her.
Thank you for the lovely KDM children who gave their soul to this story, thanking also Eramus Huis for their support, Lauri Keep Schep & Anne Rooze for giving life to every moment and Vanessa Henoque for the costume designs.
- Tulisan Chronicles Team
Photography by Michal Gorzynski and Hotmaidah Nainggolan
Tulisan is pleased to present the Batavia Hotel Collector’s Edition Time Capsule. This exceptional set commemorates the Batavia Hotel—an illustrated collection first launched in 2011. The accompanying story told of a complex romance, layered with passion, jealousy, and deceit. Tulisan’s latest release honors the intrigue and ardor of the much beloved tale with a bespoke time capsule.
With only 12 of these Time Capsules in existence, this is a very special gift. Inside the artisanal wooden box you will find Tulisan’s original Beach Bag tote. Each tote features a custom serigraph art print, handcrafted with the finest materials. Also included in the luxe set is a hand-stitched hardbound book relaying Melissa’s story of the Batavia Hotel.
This Batavia Hotel Collector’s Edition will be sold for a price point of: Rp. 8,500,000. -
Since the products available are limited, we will hosting a special launching on the following time and date:
Date: Wednesday, 28 January, 2015
Place: Tulisan Plazan Senayan Store Time: 13.00 – end
Here are the rules of the games:
1. Customer must bring their previous By MS with Love Collection (Ruba’iyat Amma Supahilo, Les Papillons De Victor, or the certificate which contains the name of the customer)
2. Customers who would like to purchase this limited edition must register at 13.00 to 13.30.
3. Customers will need to write his/her name on a piece of paper and have it rolled up and put in a jar.
4. At 13.30, the registration will be closed.
5. If there more than 12 people registering, only 12 names will be selected out of the jar.
6. If there are less than 12 people registering, the number of customers registered would still be selected based on the code number 1 to 12.
7. If the items are still remaining after the event, the product will be sold at the store as normal.
Come by on the day so you will not miss out on this exclusive collection!
Melissa Sunjaya always mentions, “life always leads us to mysterious paths that are filled of imperfections and fractured corners.” As we embrace the new year and reflect the past 2014, the whole Tulisan team wishes everyone a new beginning. “The beauty of life lies on facing our biggest mistakes and loving our most dreadful self-portraits.Only after passing that point, we can capture a clear view over the horizon that human beings are not made of flesh and blood, but we are an infinite idea that we choose to project.”
May your 2015 bring you the whimsical luxuries of life!
They sang of the old man ringing bells,
Jolly and plump bidding the year-end farewell,
Listing off those with a vice,
By giving warmth to the nice,
Making sure no one grimace,
While they count the 12 days of Christmas,
What will their true love send?
As the bearded man joyfully makes amend.
Have a jolly christmas with friends and family!
Our Darmawangsa square store will be closed on the 25th, 31st December 2014 and the 1st of January 2015. While our Plaza Senayan store will still be open through the holiday seasons.
“You need a partner. You need a very strong partner who believes in you 100%. To me that is the key. Rather than having a big investment and a large capital.” – Melissa Sunjaya on her business partner and mother, Didi Hersubeno.
To all the powerhouse mothers – who gives without concern and who loves without condition. May you be showered with all the love from your daughters and sons every single day!