Monthly Archives: December 2014

Happy Holidays!

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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!

Store notice:

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. 

– Tulisan Chronicles Team 

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Happy Mother’s Day!

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“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!

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!

– Tulisan Chronicles Team

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Exit Through the Gift Shop

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After watching the film “Exit Through the Gift Shop,” Melissa and I shared a lengthly discussion about the value of art. “Exit Through the Gift Shop” created by Banksy chronicles the obsession of  self-proclaimed filmmaker ‘Thierry Guetta’ on documenting the movement of graffiti and street art movement which unravels many well-known graffiti artist as Banksy, Shepard Fairey, Space Invader and many others. Having being profusely obsessed about the creation of art, Thierry on a fate encounter with Banksy decided he wanted emulate the process of street art himself by making his own identity “Mr. Brainwash.”

The film touches interesting points on the subject of art as an expression, as a replica, and  art as a craft. While Thierry instantly labeled himself as an artist and earned recognition for it, his motives was questionable. As I continued my discussion, Melissa shared her thoughts which pertained to the idea of the increasing value of your craftsmanship , “If human beings consume products that contain empathy and deeper value, the products will get passed on to many generations instead of having shorter life cycles, where at the end of the cycle the products usually get tossed.” 

If anything, the film remarkably pokes fun on what it means to been an artist. As Melissa continues “The values of art work gets raised as people understand the methodology and conceptual thinking behind the artist. It is exactly what makes Banksy one of the highest rated contemporary artist in our time.” Perfectly capturing the essence that being an artists is not mere recognition, but as Bansky also puts in the film, it is about years of perfecting your craft to finally seeing the value in it.  

Warmest regards, Fadly C.A.P

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Warm Christmas Ideas!

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Eventhough many are saying blue is the warmest color (We know it is from a movie title) or that you can never go wrong with black. It is hard not to celebrate christmas season with the traditional color of red. So to pay tribute to the classic and shocking red that easily take people’s attention, this Christmas we are tributing a few gift-giving ideas in the red hues!

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1. Delightfully Yours Cards Rp. 98,000.-
2. Amma Supahilo Giclée Petite Rp. 685,000.-
3. Polka Dots Red Blush Gift Wrap Rp. 35,000.-
4. Hung Pao Envelopes Rp. 100,000.-
5. Red Sangria Traveler’s Clutch Rp. 618,000,-
6. Orange Salmon Panama Bag Rp. 1,498,000

For more information kindly visit our store at Darmawangsa Square or Plaza Senayan or email us at: shop@tulisan.com

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The Launch of Tulisan Plaza Senayan Store

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Last week on Wednesday 10, December 2014 marked the new journey of Tulisan as we officially launched our second flagship boutique in the very busy location of Plaza Senayan. Having to place our name on a waiting list for almost two years since 2012, we were ecstatic to realize the opportunity that presented the last quarter of 2014. We invited a few of our friends for tea and delicacies with our founder Melissa Sunjaya and co-founder Didi Hersubeno where they explained to the media about the concept of the store being inspired by an Artist’s Loft – a place of creation and ideas. (Read more about the concept here: Behind the Glasshouse)

With handmade craftmanship being the hallmark of all creations and visual aesthetics seen at Tulisan, we made a special showcase where Melissa demonstrated the techniques she uses to illustrate the typography, “Jakarta Rocks,” brushing each stroke to the canvas carefully — a process she calls therapeutic. The Japanese may have a term, “Wabi-sabi” which translates to a Japanese term in visually accepting the idea of imperfection. This is the idea Melissa tries to constantly portray through each artwork and project in hand — embracing the beauty behind the imperfection of her strokes and inks of craftsmanship as she continues her remarkable journey through Tulisan.

The event finished with the melodic performance by violinist Ivan Lutfie.

Visit our second flagship store soon at the follow address:

Tulisan Store
Plaza Senayan, Level 2,
Jalan Asia Afrika 8,
Jakarta 10270. 

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Behind the Glasshouse: Tulisan’s Plaza Senayan Store

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Tulisan’s new flagship store is located in the prime shopping area of Plaza Senayan and encompasses total area of 88 sq. meters. This beautiful space, inspired by the use of vintage greenhouses as artist studios, houses our limited edition artist-illustrated bags and accessories, home products, art prints, stationery, and apparel collections.

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Designed by Melissa Sunjaya and her mother Didi H. Hersubeno (founder and co-founder), the fresh and whimsical space is adorned with homey corners, hand lettering, and handmade furnishings to create a story-telling experience. As part of their creative vision, the store will change its window dressing theme on a monthly basis. This December, the theme portrays a romantic dinner party in the middle of a winter white pine forest. The table setting for two was curated by Didi using a passionate red color palette and our Anima playing cards as name tags for the imaginary guests. This theatrical theme parallels our new Prints Editions of Tulisan’s Fall-Winter 2014-2015: Plume & Wonder. Melissa hand painted the window with silhouette of the coniferous trees.

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A selection of furniture and room fixtures were designed by Didi herself. Having purchased reclaimed pine wood planks from a local street vendor she constructed much of the store’s homemade furniture, including the garden sink, using artisanal woodworking techniques. Melissa infused sentimental elements into the space by bringing in refurbished vintage colonial furniture from her grandmother’s house, along with several antique ornaments found in flea markets. In fact the chandelier hanging from the center ceiling was a special item Melissa inherited from her grandmother – a historical piece from the Dutch colonial era.

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Our new space features an exterior facade inspired by the rustic windows of artist lofts in California– where Melissa lived for almost 12 years. The facade consists of 80-glass panels held together by welded iron grids, painted in Tulisan’s signature dark grey color. A color which Tulisan interprets as a symbol of contentment. Outside, on the left side of the main entrance, there is a small patio to be used as a stage displaying the main collection’s theme.

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The flow of the spatial design naturally leads visitors to move clockwise, whereby they are welcomed by a large LCD monitor displaying short films featuring the voice of the brand. This area also serves as a stage to display our ‘By MS with Love’ collection, Collector’s editions, and the highest valued segment of the brand. Following this section shoppers will find our ‘Originals Editions’ – illustrated editions with characters from Tulisan’s classic series of original short fiction. This section is accompanied by a quaint dressing room, as it is a display area for apparel, accessories and art print collections from the ‘Originals Editions’.

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The center area, underneath the antique chandelier, is akin to a comfortable living room complete with a loveseat, coffee table, and stools for the guests to sit while they delve into several periodicals and press clippings, portraying the evolution of the brand and its founding artist.

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The right side of the store features library shelving with a rolling wooden ladder, displaying the latest collection of Tulisan’s ‘Prints Editions.’ The top shelf of this library cabinet is reserved for our giclée art prints. These exceptional prints are produced using museum quality archival inks.

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Our storage room is reminiscent of a quaint garden shed. The remarkable aspect of this tiny glasshouse is that it contains a spacious mezzanine level manager’s office above the storage area. next to this white glasshouse is the kitchen area with an adorable wooden garden sink designed by Didi. This section displays Tulisan’s home wear. A collection that was sustainably developed through an on-going philanthropic partnership with Kampus Diakonia Modern.

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PEPE for Kampus Diakonia Modern

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you, me, and them
we are all children who desire to play with joy and laughter, who get curious
to discover new things,
who jump to catch our dreams with thousands of smiles,
who work together
to collect all the
colors of rainbow,
who feel lonely
when no one understands us, who long for a friend
to embrace,
who believe a promise
that there will be no more tears, who wish and hope
for a brighter tomorrow, because in the end
we are all children
created equally. 

– Melissa Sunjaya

A  film by Michal Gorzynski. 

Please join us for a special dance presentation of “Pepe and The Flying Balloon” By Melissa Sunjaya with artistic direction and choreography by Lauri Kee Schep & Anne Rooze as performed by the children of Kampus Diakonia Modern (KDM).

When: 12 December 2014 at 7:00 PM 13 December 2014 at 3:00 PM
Where: Erasmus Huis, H.R. Rasuna Said Kav. S-3, Jakarta 12950

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Twinkling our way into a sparkling new space!

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Twinkle-twinkle from the glasshouse
I dream beyond its frosted windows
Through a procession of towering white trees
To reach a galaxy of imaginative hues
And finally, there is you.

Tulisan is excited to welcome shoppers to the soft opening of its second flagship store, just in time for the holidays!

Where : Plaza Senayan, Level 2, jalan Asia Afrika 8, jakarta 10270.
When : Wednesday, 10 December 2014, 11.00 am to 10.00 pm

Activities at this special event will include a press conference with founding artist Melissa Sunjaya, a live demonstration of Melissa’s unique drawing techniques, and a solo performance by violinist Ivan Luthfie.

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Dance Presentation: Pepe and The Flying Balloon

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Please join us for a special dance presentation of “Pepe and The Flying Balloon” By Melissa Sunjaya as performed by the children of Kampus Diakonia Modern (KDM).

When: 12 December 2014 at 7:00 PM 13 December 2014 at 3:00 PM
Where: Erasmus Huis, H.R. Rasuna Said Kav. S-3, Jakarta 12950
Artistic Direction & Choreography by Lauri Kee Schep & Anne Rooze

Tulisan, Chance to Dance, and Erasmus Huis are proudly teaming up to present a contemporary dance performance by the children of KDM. This special event is a continuation of Tulisan’s ongoing commitment to helping children in need. KDM (Kampus Diakonia Modern) is a non-profit organization dedicated to rescuing abandoned children from the streets of Jakarta. Since 1972 KDM has annually provided shelter and education to 60-70 neglected children.

Inspired by the creative energy of these children, Tulisan founder Melissa Sunjaya sought to create a simple project that would teach them valuable life skills while creating a product, which through its sales, would be beneficial and self-sustaining. Thus, she created Pepe, the whimsical little doll who stars in his own illustrated adventure, “Pepe and The Flying Balloon.”

Melissa along with her team from Tulisan held special workshops with children at KDM and taught them how to craft the beloved Pepe dolls using Tulisan’s surplus fabric
scraps. To date this project has sold more than 1700 Pepe dolls, earning more than IDR 165,000,000, with all profits benefiting KDM. The sale of each doll, handmade by the children themselves, provides a child at KDM with, a proper meal for five days, a week of schooling, 6 months’ worth of learning materials, or ten visits to the local healthcare center.

In 2013, choreographers Lauri Kee Schep and Anne Rooze, from the Chance to Dance Foundation volunteered at KDM to teach children the fundamentals of contemporary dance. Chance to Dance is a non-profit organization which helps underprivileged children to realize their dreams of dancing. Chance to Dance believes that through dance children are able to build their self-esteem, improve their self-confidence, and master teamwork. They believe that all children deserve the opportunity to dance. After two months of practicing with children from KDM the results were phenomenal: dancing, just like Pepe, had given the children confidence and hope. Thus the idea to join forces with Tulisan and merge the charitable projects evolved and soon the children and their choreographers had created a special rendition of “Pepe and the Flying Balloon” for all to enjoy!

– Tulisan Chronicles Team

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Kengo, The Fever Man

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“Taste takes much longer to develop – that comes from keeping an open mind to music, listening to whole albums rather than just the singles and generally being hungry for music you haven’t heard before.”Kengo Oshima

The late Jeff Buckley once stated, “Be awake enough to see where you are at any given time and how that is beautiful and has poetry inside.” The man I had an encounter with on his visit to Bali took this adage to heart and has kept his eyes and ears open from his surrounding experiences.

Kengo Oshima’s first musical influence was in the 90s. He had heard a track “You Can Call Me Al” by Paul Simon in the album Graceland firstly from his friend’s father. “The bass riff was most memorable, then the poetry really grew on me,” as he recalls the trigger to his musical sensibility.

Kengo took his first childhood exposure to the piano and guitar. This initial interaction later led to forming bands in high school and exploring the endless possibilities records stores provided. To date, he is part of the entertaining musical group, The Cuban Brothers, where Kengo on his biography is said to be the “a dancer and a fever man.”

The Cuban Brothers are a musical group who pride themselves on giving a full on performance of music, comedy, and a whole lot of dancing. They make sure they challenge themselves and have fun while they do it and this translates very much to Kengo’s outlook in life by wholeheartedly taking on the role of a DJ, dancer, and choreographer.

Although looking very much fluid on the dance floor, Kengo shares his suave for dancing to happen by accident. He explored break dancing when he was 18 before eventually making dancing a lifestyle,”I really got into it straight away because I enjoyed the physical aspect of it, the fusion of body and music and the challenge of training and improvement — trying to do something you can’t do.” He personifies a level of enjoyment which equals the dedication and training in constantly improving his craft.

While his upbringing did not support the idea of exploring music, his art teacher once said Kengo to have the “temperament of an artist” – a restless urge to constantly produce fulfilling work. Although, he states, “I’m not one of those dedicated artists who can priorities their art before paying the rent or eating,” Kengo values balance and realizes the need to make ends meet.

Since leaving school, he quickly understood that to maintain your interest there are times you needed to do anything to support yourself. He was once a chef, an English teacher,  and even stockbroker while balancing his musical calling by performing for The Cuban Brothers. It was only during The Cuban Brother’s peak time, where Kengo committed his time to them wholeheartedly.

The key to being as productive as Kengo is to be hungry. His sense of inquisitiveness arrived to him from indulging and sharing his music collection since high school, he would make eclectic mix tapes of anything from Bulgarian choir to Motown to punk to classical which then continued to his current profession as a DJ. “The technical aspect of mixing which you can learn in a short amount of time, taste takes much longer to develop – that comes from keeping an open mind to music, listening to whole albums rather than just the singles and generally being hungry for music you haven’t heard before.”

Like a burning sensation of a fever, Kengo has embraced his itch for music early on and decided to make his mark, “with anything if you are going to do something you should always put your stamp.”

 Head to our flagship store in Dharmawangsa to get a taste of Kengo’s music playlist at our store. 

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