Just Love

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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

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Unveiling the Mask: Batavia Hotel Time Capsule Launch

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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.

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- Tulisan Chronicles Team
Photography by Hotmaidah Nainggolan

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New Shades for the New Year

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Plume: Light Snow Traveller’s Clutch 

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.

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Plume: Light Snow Cruise Bag 
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Plume: Light Snow Olio Clutch

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Plume: Smokey Night Hobo Tote 

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Plume: Smokey Night Cruise Bag

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Plume: Smokey Night Concerto Purse

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Batavia Hotel Time Capsule Preview

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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 gift we 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.

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Up in The Sky

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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

- Tulisan Chronicles Team

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A Week With Michal!

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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!

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

- Tulisan Chronicles Team

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Pepe and The Flying Balloon Performance

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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

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Batavia Hotel Collector’s Edition Time Capsule

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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!

- Tulisan Chronicles Team

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Happy New Year!

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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

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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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