Monthly Archives: October 2015

Only One


Beloved Friends,

Please join us for a discussion with artists of Bio Fantasy Project:
Condro Wibowo, Fero Utama, Windra Benyamin and myself:
Wednesday, 28 October 2015
2 pm to 5 pm
at Tulisan Boutique
in Plaza Senayan, on Level 2,
Jalan Asia Afrika 8.

Our new collection is aimed at honouring Angkatan ’45 – Chairil Anwar’s art and literary movement. Thus I created 45 basic drawings with pen and ink as the primary visual elements, arranged into 75 final illustrated editions depicting a cornucopia of imaginary microscopic cells.

After editing these artworks to be composed as textile designs for our Fall & Winter 2015-2016 collection, there were too many splendid options. A selection process followed, and difficult decisions had to be made. The Fall & Winter 2015-2016 collection was born consisting of two Original Editions and 4 Print Editions.

Many beautiful samples have been made but will never be published. At 10am sharp on Wednesday October 28th, we will be making these one of a kind samples available for sale in our Plaza Senayan store. Each product of this ‘Only One’ unreleased Prints Editions is handmade and one of a kind. First come first serve only, no prior reservations.

If you wish to have these ‘Only One’ Prints Editions published, please voice your thoughts and email it to

Triple kisses, Melissa


‘Only One’ Prints Editions, include the following colors:

Perhitungan Red Letter  |  Edition No. 1525-RL


Perhitungan Smokey Lunar  |  Edition No. 1525-SL


Ina Mia Smokey Plum  |  Edition No. 1526-SP


Ina Mia Nero Indigo  |  Edition No. 1526-NI


Aku Nero Velvet  |  Edition No. 1527-NV


Aku Red Wine  |  Edition No. 1527-RW


Dalam Kereta Red Blush  |  Edition No. 1528-RB


Dalam Kereta Yellow Butter  |  Edition No. 1528-YB




(Photography by Michal Gorzynski)

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See the Unseen at Monolog Plaza Senayan

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LIFE IN PINK (See, Understand & Love)
is a Breast Cancer Awareness campaign brought to you by Monolog & Tulisan.

Seeing the facts will give us knowledge.
Understanding our options will empower us.
Loving every molecule of our being will give us peace.
Now is the time for us to fight breast cancer.

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This ‘Life in Pink’ exhibition features 6 archival-quality giclée prints from the illustrated series Bio Fantasy by Melissa Sunjaya.  Bio Fantasy pays tribute to the great Indonesian poet, Chairil Anwar.  Each special work includes a short story and a red film lens for a second layer viewing experience.

Available in petite size: 250 x 200 x 40 mm and in medium size: 500 x 650 x 40 mm.

During the month of October all proceeds from the exhibit will benefit underprivileged breast cancer patients receiving palliative care services from dr. Maria Witjaksono.

Thank you for your support!

(Photography and Infographic by Monolog Team) 

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Chapter One of Bio Fantasy: Nocturno



Tulisan will debut Bio Fantasy,
a Tribute to Chairil Anwar’s Legacy:
Fall-Winter 2015-2016 Collection
at Tulisan Plaza Senayan

Jalan Asia Afrika No. 8, South Jakarta

on Wednesday, 28 October,
10.00am – 10.00pm

This event is open for public


Bio Fantasy is Tulisan’s Fall/Winter 2015-2016 collection. Chapter one of this season features 75 illustrated giclée prints by Melissa Sunjaya, depicting a cornucopia of imaginary microscopic cells. Excerpts of Chairil Anwar’s poetry are hand-lettered and secretly embedded behind these works of art, in which hidden layers can only be viewed with a red film lens.

The first Originals edition will also make its debut in two color-ways: Nocturno Red Blush and Nocturno Nero Jet. The Originals editions are offered in Carita Bag (new style), Concerto Purse and a whole range of home accessories products.

For comprehensive information about Bio Fantasy collection,
please view our online catalog: BIOFANTASY_FW1516.pdf


Similar to microbial symbiosis, our modern society is always evolving. Cyber-anthropology examines the changing role that distance, age, gender, and social status play in modern life. With this new field of study in mind, Tulisan developed a collection that embraces the ideas embodied by the millennial generation. Using vibrant color palettes paired with modern yet practical silhouettes, we aimed to craft stylish and dynamic products that celebrate the drive to explore one’s own unique individuality.


It took over than a year for Tulisan Art Division to develop this collection. As part of our commitment to a better world, the entire collection was handmade in limited batches using environmentally friendly and sustainable methods. We have established an alliance with an Indonesian bluesign® certified manufacturing partner. Bluesign® Swiss system is a strict screening designed to monitor the responsible use of resources, clean processes, water and air emissions from the factory, and safe procedures for the workers as well as a safe final product for the consumer.


While preserving our national heritage and culture, we hope to fuse fresh ideas into traditional methods of product fabrication. Through every step of the process, we are dedicated to deliver excellence in design, production and customer care.

Warmest regards,
Tulisan Chronicles Team

(Photography by Michal Gorzynski)

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CONCERTO PURSE, Nocturno Red Blush

Nocturno (Fragment)
karya Chairil Anwar, 1946

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  . . . . . . . . . .

Aku menyeru—tapi tidak satu suara
membelas, hanya mati dibeku udara.
Dalam diriku terbujar keinginan,
juga tidak bernyawa.
Mimpi yang penghabisan minta tenaga,
Patah kapak, sia-sia berdaya,
Dalam cekikan hatiku.

Terdampar . . . . . .  Menginyam abu dan debu
Dari tinggalnya suatu lagu.
Ingatan pada Ajal yang menghantu.
Dan demam yang nanti membikin kaku . . . . . .

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  . . . . .

Pena dan penyair keduanya mati,


CARITA BAG, Nocturno Nero Jet

Nocturno: A Fragment
by Chairil Anwar, 1946
translated by Burton Raffel

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
I shouted­­—but no one
answered, my cry died in the frozen air.
Desires stretched in me, too,
also dead.
The last dream begged for strength,
The axe broke, swung hard, in vain,
And my heart strangled.

Stranded . . . . . . I taste ashes and dust
From a left-over song:
A whiff of that haunted Emptiness
And the fever that, some day, is going to stiffen me . . . . . .

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Pen and poet, both dead,

Related Post(s):
1. Inspiration of Bio Fantasy
2. A Tribute to Chairil Anwar
3. Inking Chairil Anwar’s Words

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Casual Statement

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New arrivals in Tulisan boutiques: T-shirts for Letters Edition. Handmade with soft cotton materials, these t-shirts are comfortable casual wear. Available in 2 color ways: Light Ecru & Smokey Ash (Price: Rp225,000)


For Men:

Crew Tee | ATC1510
S / M / L / XL

For Women:

Gwen Tee | ATG1510
S / M / L

Scoop Tee | ATS1510
S / M / L / XL


Tulisan will debut Bio Fantasy, Fall-Winter 2015-2016 Collection

at Tulisan Plaza Senayan
Jalan Asia Afrika No. 8, South Jakarta
on Wednesday, 28 October,
10.00am – 10.00pm

This event is open for the public

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Inspiration of Bio Fantasy

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Bio Fantasy is a series of visual, musical, and storytelling experiments inspired by abstract microbes and their relation to human being. The inspiration and research behind Bio Fantasy came from personal observations on the interconnectedness of the universe. Just as cells communicate with each other to continuously deliver messages throughout the body, so too do humans as we relay information to each other.

Recent technology has greatly advanced this practice, taking our ability to communicate to a whole new level while diminishing the obstacles that distance, age, gender, and social status typically present in our everyday lives. Our smartphones and their associated technologies have become an extension of ourselves. Today we carry in our pockets the key to a secondary universe, which has its own distinct culture. This modern anthropology has presented a new type of interactions in our society which are more neutral and multi dimensional, as in the captivating imagery of microscopic cells.

Bio Fantasy is a tribute to Chairil Anwar. He was a modern man even by today’s standards and as such his work has never ceased to inspire young people or cultivate new ideas.  Even though he revered individuality, with Bio Fantasy we sought to extend his notions further, and celebrate the value individuality has within a larger society.  After all, social media – which extols personal expression – is useless without an audience. Indeed, art is not simply a personal commodity or national asset but should instead be preserved as part of our collective human heritage.

This project presents the viewer with a beautifully layered experience which I hope, like the timeless words of Chairil Anwar, will be remembered and cherished for years to come.

Triple kisses, M. S.

(Photography by Michal Gorzynski)

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Tulisan will debut Bio Fantasy, Fall-Winter 2015-2016 Collection
at Tulisan Plaza Senayan
Jalan Asia Afrika No. 8, South Jakarta
on Wednesday, 28 October,
10.00am – 10.00pm

This event is open for public

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Your words get into the vein
Reviving what was once dead

Breathing a genetic mutation
Penetrating electrical chemo invasion

Who are you, who am I
Not them, nor anyone

Living cells will die in vain
Only when senses stop being understood

– Excerpt from Bio Fantasy by Melissa Sunjaya –

Related Post(s):
1. A Tribute to Chairil Anwar
2. Inking Chairil Anwar’s Words

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Pink Courage

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‘Dulu saya kira penyakit kanker itu sangat jauh dari hidup saya, sampai secara mendadak ibu saya terkena. Dan saya disadarkan bahwa kanker tidak pernah memilih, tapi kita sendiri bisa memilih untuk tanggap dan mengobati dengan mengubah pola pikir dan gaya hidup. Dan dari situ juga saya percaya akan sebuah keajaiban. Ibu saya sembuh. Melissa, terima kasih karena dengan imaji dan dedikasimu pada karya seolah mengingatkan saya agar terus mawas dan tak henti berbagi pengalaman, yang menjadi titik balik kehidupan saya’ – Happy Salma


Along the journey to love ourselves, first we have to be aware of the facts and understand our options to help us respond better. It is necessary for us to grasp the big picture so we can work on our next action.

As a child, I was very close to my grand mother, Sunarti Hersubeno. She once told me of her miraculous victory over cancer. At her mid-thirties, my grand mother was diagnosed with cancer in a late stage. After two operations and several radiation treatments, the doctors had informed her family that she had only less than a year to live. Shortly after this diagnostic, she discovered a book, titled ‘Science and Health With Key to the Scriptures’ written by Mrs. Mary Baker Eddy in 1875.

Mrs. Eddy explained about our true identity as a spiritual being and its power in boundless possibilities. One of my favorite passage from this book is: ‘Love is impartial and universal in its adaptation and bestowals.’ The understanding of this Divine Love had freed my grandmother from cancer. My grandmother wrote in an article regarding her healing, ’I suddenly realized that we must face courageously all the mountains of problems standing before us, with no doubt whatsoever that we are able to climb up to the top of the mountain and thus master the problems.’

As a spiritual healer and happy seamstress, my grand mother lived a healthy and fulfilling life until the age of 68. She had helped me in overcoming my worst fears, mental traumas, and childhood illnesses. I called her ‘mbahtik’ (short for: ‘mbah cantik‘ = ‘pretty grandma’) because she was a beautiful soul. I love her and I miss her dearly.

Triple kisses, M. S.

LIFE IN PINK (See, Understand & Love) 
A Breast Cancer Awareness campaign
brought to you by Monolog Coffee & Tulisan
at Monolog Coffee in Plaza Senayan, Jalan Asia Afrika
1 – 31 October 2015


Seeing the facts will give us knowledge.
Understanding our options will empower us.
Loving every molecule of our being will give us peace.
Now is the time for us to fight breast cancer.


During the month of October all proceeds from the exhibit will benefit underprivileged patients receiving palliative care from dr. Maria Witjaksono.

Warmest Regards, Tulisan Chronicles Team

(Photography by Michal Gorzynski)



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