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For Tulisan’s collection, titled ‘PULSAR DANCE’, our founding artist Melissa Sunjaya worked a long way to visualize an emotional connection between mankind and the planet Earth.
From the start, she had imagined this concept to be expressed through a contemporary body exploration. Contemporary dance was a foreign discipline for her. Furthermore, learning this skill at 42 years of age was not an easy start.
Her essay stated her point of view that everything was possible in this universe and even chaos could open up new pathways for potential. So despite any technical disadvantage that she may have, she began studying contemporary dance with a professional dancer & choreographer, Davit Fitrik.
‘Pulsar Dance’ showcased a collaboration of two artists from contrasting creative disciplines and different skill levels, in performing art and visual art. In this duet, the two artists were challenged to synchronize their languages into a poetic movement conveying the relationship between human and mother Earth.
It took almost 8 months of strict diet and intensive physical training for Melissa to condition her body for this challenge. It was important for her to be able to balance Davit’s 20 years experience as a professional dancer. In turn, Davit also submersed himself in Melissa’s essay, ‘Pulsar Dance’, with all its visual interpretation.
It was important to understand that the goal was never to match one another in capacity, but to convey a symbiosis of trust and complementing potentials. This was the essence of the collaboration. This perspective should ideally be the shape of human bond to his habitat.
Davit is certain that it is not easy to be a dancer or an artist. “We cannot only copy a movement or a drawing, we have to first understand the substance that we want to express. As a dancer, I have to be aware of the mechanics of my own body and the energy source of every movement. The dynamic projection has to come from the soul”, Davit explained.
Davit Fitrik established his own dance academy, Sound of Movement (SOM), located in Ruko Emerald Boulevard Blok CE/A1 no 6, Bintaro sektor 9, Tangerang 15227. He has performed in several international dance repertoires. Next Sunday, 26 February 2017, SOM will present a recital in Taman Ismail Marzuki at 19:00. Tickets are available for sale through contacting: Audrey at 082123385566
Youtube Channel: Tulisan Jakarta
Text by Zharfani Padmasedhana
Photography by Krishni Swandayani
Tulisan Chronicles Team
SAVE THE DATE:
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.
Tulisan Chronicles Team
(Photography by Michal Gorzynski)
CONCERTO PURSE, Nocturno Red Blush
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
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I shouted—but no one
answered, my cry died in the frozen air.
Desires stretched in me, too,
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 . . . . . .
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Pen and poet, both dead,
In the following six months, my work is a tribute to Chairil Anwar. It is my first science fiction project, titled ‘Bio Fantasy’.
Bio Fantasy is dedicated to honoring Chairil Anwar’s legacy with the intention of reconnecting with his values that forever changed literature and language in Indonesia. I have invited fellow artists to explore their own interpretation of Bio Fantasy. Using the avant-garde principles inherent to Chairil Anwar’s literary approach, each artist had to relinquish their conventional work habits, defy their rationales and tear down any strategical methods, in order to manifest and explore new emotions.
Chairil Anwar was the pioneer of “Angkatan 45” (Indonesia’s art and literary movement that began in 1945). Most Indonesians are familiar with Anwar’s most celebrated poems ‘Aku’ and ‘Krawang-Bekasi’; however, today, information pertaining to his work, his life, and his credo are not widely available. This year-long project, Bio Fantasy, seeks to continue the discourse Anwar began. He was a literary mastermind who single-handedly broke through every conventional protocol and created a new paradigm for Indonesian poetry. His rebellious use of casual diction, unorthodox patterns, and innovative syntax has never failed to inspire new generations of artists, philosophers, and poets.
The first chapter of this Fall-Winter collection will make its debut in October 2015. With this project, I hope you will enjoy Chairil Anwar’s work from a different perspective.
Triple kisses, M. S.
Saya berharap proyek seni ‘Bio Fantasy’ karya Melissa Sunjaya dapat mengabadikan warisan budaya ayahanda, Chairil Anwar, sehingga semua generasi bisa menikmatinya dalam khayalan hayati masing-masing, untuk seribu tahun lagi.
– Evawani Alissa Chairil Anwar
Jakarta, 15 September 2015
Save the Date:
1 October – 31 October 2015
LIFE IN PINK (See, Understand & Love)
is a Breast Cancer Awareness campaign by Monolog Coffee & Tulisan
in the month of October 2015. The campaign features
6 illustrated archival giclée prints of ‘Bio Fantasy’ by Melissa Sunjaya.
“Idea is the future for all of us,” said Triawan Munaf, the head of the Creative Economy Bureau of Indonesia as he opened the second day of Ideafest 2015. The event was held in Jakarta Convention Center in Senayan, where more than 800 people attended the seminars, talkshows, and conferences on ideas and how they can change the way people live.
Among the keynote speakers, Tulisan’s Melissa Sunjaya was one of them. Being the first conference in the morning, people queued up in front of the gates and when it finally opened at 10 a.m., they rushed to get the best seats in the room. The huge room was filled with enthusiasm, as DJ Hogi warmed them up before Sarah Sechan as the host introduced Melissa and Carline on to the stage.
Sitting along with Carline Darjanto of CottonInk and moderated by Dien Tirto Buwono, they discussed the creative process behind the retail business and how the company operates while having a creative background in the session: Anatomy of Modern Indonesian Brands.
Melissa shared her story with the audience on how she and her mother built Tulisan from scratch, and how they strived for excellence on every aspect of the business, including the process of planning and calculation of every decision they made as a company. “She is the ideal business partner: the one you can trust to be honest with you the whole time,” said Melissa, as the audience clapped with admiration.
The whole session felt heartwarming as both the speaker talked about their experience in running a business with their own partner. The sincere tone in their speech and the confident gestures made the audience realized however strict and discipline they are in running their business, they are both human after all.
Text and Photograph by Yuda Dilianzia
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 Chinese New Years 2015!
Text by Athina Ibrahim
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!
– Tulisan Chronicles Team
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.
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!
– Tulisan Chronicles Team
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.
– Tulisan Chronicles Team
“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
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
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!
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: email@example.com
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.