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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:
Plaza Senayan, Level 2,
Jalan Asia Afrika 8,
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.
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.
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.
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.
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’.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
- 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
“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.
The visual marvel of ‘Batavia Hotel’ by Melissa Sunjaya is filled with bold and comical flairs which compelled me to create a theatrical rendition of this piece into a contemporary ballet performance. – Maya Tamara, Artistic Director of Namarina Dance
Come join the celebration with us tomorrow and Sunday!
Namarina Youth Dance presents the 9th Dance Performance:
pieces of 1930s Jakarta in contemporary ballet
Day 1: 29 November 2014, 3PM & 8PM
Day 2: 30 November 2014, 4PM
At Gedung Kesenian Jakarta.
For tickets kindly order at: www.namarina.org
As we extend our utmost thank you for your continuos support. This year, Tulisan have taken the next leap to introduce to you the opening of our second permanent store at Plaza Senayan on the second week of December 2014.
Have a look out for more details soon!
- Tulisan Chronicles Team
“My achievement in Tulisan is the ability to bring out the professionalism of the people. With the right working ethics, the team are more likely to work earnestly without having personal feelings intervening. Instead they would focus on solutions and would think of the company’s best interest.” – Fadly C.A.P
On our initial meeting a year ago, Fadly had mentioned about his idealism in achieving a collective success for Tulisan. After two years of being the chief of finance and operations and handling the nitty-gritty details of the company from persistently improving working standards and operational aspects of the company, on Thursday 13, 2014, Muhammad Zulfadly was appointed as the new CEO of Tulisan. With his passion to initiate fast and rational decisions for the company, this decision was made on a synonymous agreement by the board of directors in seeing a brighter and greater outreach Tulisan will have in years to come.
As Fadly become CEO, our founding artist Melissa Sunjaya with a welcoming spirit believed on her artistic and creative ability of having once owning a creative consultancy and being the artistic icon behind Tulisan wholeheartedly supported her ventures to take on the position of being creative director at Tulisan. With the rapid success of the company within the last two years alone, it was imminent we needed to branch out and invite a new eye and vibrant expertise to be part of the team who can overlook the company’s direction from a bird’s eye view. On that note, we would like to also welcome the ever graceful Raeshita Arwati Hardisurya, who has spent her years dedicating her professional life in being a committed member of an insurance company to be our new commissioner along side Didi H. Hersubeno and Bambang Ari Prasodjo.
As team work is the pinnacle for any establishment to move forward positively, we hope this new direction will enrich a positive impact both internally and externally.
Our newly appointed CEO: Fadly C.A.P
Creative Director: Melissa Sunjaya
Commissioner: Raeshita Arwati Hardisurya, Didi H. Hersubeno, and Bambang Ari Prasodjo.
Congratulations and welcome Tulisan to its new beginnings!
- Tulisan Chronicles Team
Anima are Tulisan limited edition playing cards illustrated by Melissa Sunjaya and a Swiss Canadian Artist, Sébastien Théraulaz. The project has been on the works together through the internet and long distant communications since last December 2013. The four suits correspond to the four classical elements: Air (Hearts), Fire (Spades), Water (Clubs), and Earth (Diamonds).
Anima is represented by the Supreme Hippocampus who symbolizes the awareness of one’s opposite gender. This subconscious knowledge creates balance and provides nourishment to the soul. According to Carl Jung (the founder of analytical psychology) the Anima is an archetype which epitomizes our truest self and is the ultimate source of our creativity.
The Oracle of the Catfish
The notion that reality plays but a part in the totality of our human existence is perhaps difficult to grasp. However, when we reminisce, dream, contemplate and imagine, it becomes easier to understand the limitations inherent to reality itself. The Oracle of the Catfish is a simple diviner that momentarily ceases our routine, and allows us to acknowledge that the intangible in fact co-exists with the tangible.
Terra (Earth): the Confederation of Rhapsodic Voyagers
The suit of black diamonds embodies the first classical element of earth. It is the sacred soil which holds and nourishes the seeds and roots of many organisms. In the ANIMAdeck, Terra is defended by a confederation of adventurous seals and walruses. They are an armada of rhapsodic voyagers who see change as a journey to a better state. The Queen Seal is a wild seductress, while the Jack Walrus is a dauntless explorer. The King Walrus is regarded as a true maestro due to his extraordinary artisanal abilities.
Aqua (Water): The Legacy of Magical Believers
The suit of indigo clubs represents the second classical element of water. This aquatic territory is inhabited by a legion of magical frogs who have the power to see into the future. Their sixth sense is a gift passed down through the generations. These clairvoyant amphibians dwell in the realm of dreams and imagination. The Queen Frog spends her days interpreting her visions. The Jack Frog is a trickster who uses illusions to obscure the truth. The King Frog has the ability to manifest his premonitions into reality.
Aer (Air): The Guild of Transcendental Alchemists
The suit of scarlet hearts symbolizes the third classical element of air. The atmospheres of day and night are guarded by a guild of wise owls who specialize in the study of transcendental alchemy. Their philosophy centers on using one’s intuition to reach a heightened state of awareness. The Queen Owl inspires unconditional love in all who meet her. The Jack Owl is profoundly wise. The King Owl possesses powerful metaphysical skills and has the ability to liberate the minds of others from fear, worry, and weakness.
Ignis (Fire): The Empire of Founders
The suit of blazing spades portrays the fourth classical element of fire. In the ANIMA deck this celestial flame is protected by an empire of vigilant and trustworthy lynx. Their collective ambition is to create a balance that protects their ever-evolving civilization. The Queen Lynx upholds justice. The Jack Lynx controls the progression of society. The King Lynx is a strong ruler who empowers his citizens.
- Tulisan Chronicles Team
Dear Tulisan Friends,
As we all know, November’s sullen weather is not easy to compromise with. But this upcoming Wednesday we promise to bring a little warmth and brightness as we release our Fall/Winter Collection ‘Plume’ Edition.
The textile design are based on a few original pen and ink drawings which are then arranged manually into motifs. For the 2014 prints editions, ‘Plume’ is an Art Nouveau inspired illustration of an owl. The November collection will be available in two Plume Prints Edition color ways: Orange Salmon and Blue Capri Light on 16 types of bags, organizers, and pouches.
We will be hosting the intimate launch at our boutique in Darmawangsa Square City Walk, Jalan Darmawangsa VI, Ground Floor, next to Ranch Market. This event is opened to the public on Wednesday, 26 November 2014, from 09:00 to 15.00. The artist Melissa Sunjaya will be available for a bag signing.
Come by for an autograph and better yet swim in the fantastical world of ANIMA, Tulisan’s limited edition playing cards illustrated by Melissa Sunjaya and a Swiss Canadian Artist, Sébastien Théraulaz which are also available at our store.
After months of keeping our mouths sealed tight with this secret collaboration. We can finally announce the release of The Art of Coffee. This project stemed from the founding artist Melissa Sunjaya‘s compulsory morning ritual in having a cup of ‘Picollo’ from Anomali. Understanding the level of dedication Anomali has recreated in coffee brewing the best of Indonesia’s nature to the public’s attention. This collaborative effort works seamlessly with the ideas of celebrating our local abundant resources through a sense of whimsy which Tulisan always dreams upon.
The Art of Coffee is the first collaborative effort by Tulisan and Anomali to promote the wealth of resources in Indonesia. Inspired by the collective effort in promoting sustainability of operations, The Art of Coffee honors the artisanal craftmanship of its product by treasuring the genuine connection towards nature, communities, and the arts.
Anomali and Tulisan strives on the same ideals of improving quality of its product by using sustainable methods to foster a healthier environment and a fair working condition. Both Tulisan and Anomali invest time in training and employing artisans in Indonesia to establish a product of quality.
Anomali works directly with the coffee growers from each region of Indonesia. The coffee beans are handpicked and roasted to perfection in order to give the best flavor and aroma.
By operating fairly and ethically with the finest artisanal craftsmanship from Indonesia, we hope to present an honest creation of art for people to enjoy.
The Art of Coffee are available in these three gift sets:
1. 6 kind of 200g coffee beans and a special edition Tulisan tea towel: IDR 450,000/-
2. Drip glass, coffee server, filters, latte shaker, coffee tumblr, 200 mg coffee beans, Special edition Tulisan tea towel: IDR 785,000/-
3. French Press, latte shaker, Coffee Tumblr, Special edition Tulisan tea towel: IDR 965,000/-
- Tulisan Chronicles Team
Puppeteer Jim Henson and Kevin Clash always mentioned about the gift of storytelling. At a young age, they have paved their path to inspire people through the celebration and art of puppeteering. The people behind Papermoon Puppet Theatre are no different. The masters of the craft, Maria Tri Sulistyani and Iwan Effendi are the main founders of Yogyakarta-based troupe determined to address stories which are close to their hearts. Many of their stories became a voice and a social commentary to the forgotten pieces of history. Other times, it is the simple portrayal of human connection.
On a sunny Wednesday afternoon in the month of October, Gabbie and I decided to dive into the craft and understand the process of creating our own human puppet guided by the masters sitting by our side.
Held at the spacious Dia.Lo.Gue, we made our own puppets using the simple materials of rattan, newspaper, tape, scissors, webbing, and glue. The rattan is used as the skeleton of the body. We were taught if we wanted to make our own puppets at home, we would need to use thinner shoots of rattan which are bendable to make the structure of the ribs, hips, and each body parts. The head, palm, and feet are then made using crumpled newspaper which are placed over each other in repetition and taped over with white tape to hold it together. The webbing is used for the joints of the body creating movement to the whole body.
The characters of the faces can be explored with finger punches or adding newspaper pieces over the faces to create the eyebrows, protruding cheeks or chin. But it all depends on the expression and personality we wanted our puppets to portray.
While the workshop was made to be done in a matter of three hours, some of us who were very into finalizing the final art form spent till late night munching, laughing, and being hands on in creating the puppet. This enjoyment of creating our own puppet is maybe the first step in bringing our puppets to life.
Text by Athina Ibrahim
Photography by Gabriela Bhaskar
For those going through the chilly autumn breeze in South Korea can be warmed by our Marigold and Luca Prints which are now available at Hyundai Mall, Kintex Point. For only one week, we suggest you fight the urge of staying in your home and dive into the bold selection of home accessories, totes and bags.
27th of Oct to 9th of November 2014
Hyundai Department Store
Photography by Farid Irnaldi