‘Merdeka’ in The Beginning of The Year

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Aku mau bebas dari segala
Merdeka
Juga dari Ida

Pernah
Aku percaya pada sumpah dan cinta
Menjadi sumsum dan darah
Seharian kukunyah-kumamah

Sedang meradang
Segala kurenggut
Ikut bayang

Tapi kini
Hidupku terlalu tenang
Selama tidak antara badai
Kalah menang

Ah! Jiwa yang menggapai-gapai
Mengapa kalau beranjak dari sini
Kucoba dalam mati.

14 Juli 1943

1512-NV | Merdeka – Nero Velvet, Carita Bag

Merdeka Original Edition
will be released this coming
Wednesday, 20 January 2016,
only at Tulisan Boutiques,
in Plaza Senayan and Darmawangsa Square The City Walk.

These January colours, Nero Velvet and Blue Note, are collectible and to be adored for generations. With a mindset of ethical business practice and environmental awareness, we have hand-crafted our whimsical soft goods in small batches through sustainable fabrication methods.

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1512-BN | Merdeka – Blue Note, Concerto Purse

Bio Fantasy – Merdeka Catalog

We offer free delivery for order destinations within Indonesia. 
Give us a call at +62 (21) 7278 0235
WA Messenger at +62 (815) 1051 7424
or email us at shop@tulisan.com if you need further assistance.

Tulisan Chronicles Team

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Have A Wonderful New Year

Dear Beloved Friends,

New Year 2016

 

Love,

Tulisan Chronicles Team

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Letters in December

Postal Bag - Red Rumor

BPS1509-RR: Postal Bag, Aku mau bebas dari segala, Red Rumor | Rp450,000

The New Letters Edition “Aku mau bebas dari segala”
has arrived at our stores today
Wednesday, 16 December 2015,
at Tulisan Boutiques,
in Plaza Senayan and Darmawangsa Square The City Walk.

BPS1509-PR: Postal Bag, Aku mau bebas dari segala, Purple Rain | Rp450,000

BPS1509-PR: Postal Bag, Aku mau bebas dari segala, Purple Rain | Rp450,000

Now available in three bold colour ways:
Red Rumor,  Purple Rain, and Light Ecru

BBT1509-LE: Boat Bag, Aku mau bebas dari segala, Light Eru

BBT1509-LE: Boat Bag, Aku mau bebas dari segala, Light Ecru | Rp350,000

The artworks in this edition feature the excerpt “Aku mau bebas dari segala” which was taken from one of the most famous works by literary maestro Chairil Anwar, Merdeka (1943).

Give us a call at +62 (815) 1051 7424
or email us at shop@tulisan.com
if you need further assistance.

Tulisan Chronicles Team

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December Joy

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December Prints Edition has arrived at Tulisan Boutiques.
Available in two bold color-ways:
Penerimaan Nero Jet (1514-NJ) and Penerimaan Nero Indigo (1514-NI)
Watch video: MS_151201

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View the complete catalog of this edition:
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November Colours

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Malam Prints Edition
will be released this coming
Wednesday, 18 November 2015,
at Tulisan Boutiques,
in Plaza Senayan and Darmawangsa Square.

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These November colours, Malam Nero Burgundy and Malam Red Sangria, are collectible and to be adored for generations. With a mindset of ethical business practice and environmental awareness, we have hand-crafted our whimsical soft goods in small batches through sustainable fabrication methods.

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Available styles can be browsed through the following catalog:

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We offer free delivery for order destinations within Indonesia.
Give us a call at +62 (815) 1051 7424
or email us at shop@tulisan.com
if you need further assistance.

Warmest Regards,
Tulisan Clientele Services

(Photography by Michal Gorzynski)

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Free Gift Services

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It’s hard to believe, but we are already half way through November! The holiday season and all sorts of celebrations are only one month away: office party, school farewell, and Christmas gathering. Plan your vacation and prepare your gift list in advance, so you don’t need to be stressed out with all these year-end events. Tulisan has created a special gift guide with free services. Select any of the items listed in the gift guide below to enjoy our free gift-wrapping services and free delivery for destinations within Jakarta area.

Click here to browse through our Free Gift Services catalog
and follow these easy steps:

Step 1.
Select one from the assortment of 8 exclusive gift-wrap sets. Each set includes a wrapping paper, a ribbon, a greeting letterhead and a matching envelope.

Step 2.
Select any of the five hand-lettered greeting notes: ‘Happy Birthday’, ‘Congratulations’, ‘Happy Holidays’, ‘Love’ and ‘Thank you’.
Then, personalize it with the name of the sender and the receiver.

Step 3.
Select the gift item and fill-in the order form.

Give us a call at +62 (815) 1051 7424
or email us at shop@tulisan.com
if you need further assistance.

Warmest Regards,
Tulisan Clientele Services

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A Life Honoured and Remembered

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In loving memory of
Professor Dr. Burton Nathan Raffel
a translator, a poet and a teacher of literature and humanity
(April 27, 1928 – September 29, 2015)

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In March of 2015, I was fortunate to meet Dr. Burton Raffel, who translated Chairil Anwar’s work into English. Having read his book The Voice of the Night: Complete Poetry and Prose of Chairil Anwar, I sought to talk to the man who had so eloquently translated the work of the brilliant Indonesian poet. I contacted him and to my delight, shortly thereafter, Burton welcomed me to Louisiana, where over the course of four days he shared with me his unparalleled insight.

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Burton and his wife, Elizabeth, gave me a tour around their home in Lafayette, Louisiana, which showcased over 15,000 books. Many of the volumes in his vast personal library were his own work (translation and non-translation).

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In his lifetime, Burton had spoken eight languages, including Bahasa Indonesia which he learnt during his stay in Makassar in 1953 to 1955. This man had given me a very personal and inspiring view on Chairil Anwar.

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From Burton, I discovered that Chairil Anwar was a passionate artist. Anwar’s work had presented a new paradigm in Bahasa Indonesia through many hard work and daring experiments which broke the conventional way of thinking during his time.

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Before I left Lafayette, Burton and Elizabeth gave me dozens of books, amongst which were rare classical books of Indonesian literature: Penjair dan Sandjak by Bakri Siregar, Surat Kertas Hijau by Sitor Situmorang, Zaman Baru by Sitor Situmorang, Wadjah Tak Bernama by Sitor Situmorang, Chairil Anwar: Pelopor Angkatan ’45 by H.B. Jassin, and many more treasures.

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It is difficult to track down the original versions of Anwar’s poetry due to the changing nature of the Indonesian language. In addition, references/sources regarding his work are not readily available and editorial liberties have been taken over the years as his works have been republished. Due to these circumstances, I am deeply grateful to Burton Raffel for graciously allowing me to use his translations for the Bio Fantasy Project.

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Burton Raffel is a literary scholar and master. His knowledge of the mechanics and pathways of language have taken many forms over the decades. From translating epic poems like Beowulf to canonical novels like Don Quixote and The Divine Comedy, he has time and again made great writers accessible to younger generations. His deep understanding of the complexities of language are evident in his translations, which element-by-element follow their original texts. In this way he has made Anwar’s words as impactful in English as they are in Indonesian.

Warmest regards,
Melissa Sunjaya


{ Bio Fantasy Preface by Burton Raffel }

I have never changed my mind about Chairil Anwar’s achievement and what I very clearly still see as his never-threatened literary status. There is of course no doubt that he was not entirely sane, nor that he gave no more than a dime to his (or to any) society’s concerns. Poetry, considered completely, was essentially all he really cared about. Indonesia has had some very fine poets but very few poets can achieve what Anwar’s poetry most certainly did. Very few poets in any culture ever will.

Kalau sampai waktuku
‘Ku mau tak seorang ‘kan meraju
Tidak djuga kau

These are the first three lines of an Anwar poem entitled Aku [Me],
which I long ago translated:

When my time comes
I want to hear no one’s cries
Nor yours either.

This is precisely the carefully composed poetry that only immensely powerful poets can produce. You are able to see this fact beautifully set together with the illustrations provided by Melissa Sunjaya – designer, painter, poet, and more.

Burton Raffel
Lafayette, Louisiana
2 March 2015

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Embarking on Bio Fantasy

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The truth is everyone in our team was both super excited and extremely nervous about the launching event on last Wednesday, 28 October 2015, at Tulisan in Plaza Senayan. The collection was quite unexpected compared to the ones from the preceding seasons. It seemed like it was such a swift passing moment since we first discussed this topic internally in July 2014. Our team worked until 3 a.m. in the morning in setting up the store, transforming the space into a fresh theme with new vibrant colors.

When the store opened at 10 a.m., there were already several of Tulisan’s enthusiasts who came to hunt down the ‘Only One’ collection. By mid day, all the bags from this one-of-a-kind collection were sold out, returning the focus back to the ‘Nocturno’ Originals Edition. Many guests came to see the preview of ‘Bio Fantasy’ book. A compact exhibit table was equipped with a headset and sound system for one to experience reading the book while listening to the new musical rendition by Windra Benyamin.

Tulisan had invited three artists to create their own personal interpretation of Bio Fantasy project. This collaborative work presented an anthology of five musical compositions by Windra Benyamin, a series of posters by Fero Utama, a short film by Condro Wibowo (to be released in 2016), and a sci-fi story with an accompanying series of 75 illustrated prints by Melissa Sunjaya. An intimate and casual discussion was held in the afternoon between the four ‘Bio Fantasy’ artists and our guests of honours, Ms. Evawani Alissa Anwar and Ms. Anastasia Adha Rizka, daughter and grand daughter of the late Chairil Anwar whose complete poetry are featured in this project.

The discussion underlined that the main goal of this project was solely to present an inspiring access to Chairil Anwar’s work. An access which is crucial for the millennial generation to understand how Chairil Anwar’s groundbreaking ouevre had contributed a linguistic progress to Bahasa Indonesia.

We believe that an awareness to culture is one step towards mental liberation and this awareness should be accessible for everyone. Through Bio Fantasy project, we seek further funding to enable us present a larger installation for a broader audience. Thank you for your support and belief in our work.

 

Warmest Regards,

Tulisan Chronicles Team


 

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Exhibit table displaying a preview of the ‘Bio Fantasy’ book is available at Tulisan Plaza Senayan until Wednesday, 4 November 2015.

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Ibu Anastasia Adha Rizka (grand daughter of Chairil Anwar), Ibu Evawani Alissa C. Anwar (daughter of Chairil Anwar), Ibu Ria Alisjahbana (daughter of Sutan Takdir Alisjahbana, niece of Chairil Anwar), and Ibu Didi Hersubeno.

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Intimate discussion with the Bio Fantasy visiting artists: Condro Wibowo, Windra Benyamin, and Fero Utama.

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Ibu Evawani Alissa C. Anwar and the Bio Fantasy artists.

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Assorted refreshments from Monolog Coffee were served throughout the day.

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(Photography by Michal Gorzynski)

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Only One

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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 shop@tulisan.com.

Triple kisses, Melissa

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

Perhitungan Red Letter  |  Edition No. 1525-RL

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Perhitungan Smokey Lunar  |  Edition No. 1525-SL

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Ina Mia Smokey Plum  |  Edition No. 1526-SP

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Ina Mia Nero Indigo  |  Edition No. 1526-NI

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Aku Nero Velvet  |  Edition No. 1527-NV

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Aku Red Wine  |  Edition No. 1527-RW

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Dalam Kereta Red Blush  |  Edition No. 1528-RB

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Dalam Kereta Yellow Butter  |  Edition No. 1528-YB

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(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

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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


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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

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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.

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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.

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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,
Berpalingan!

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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,
Turning!


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)

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For Men:

Crew Tee | ATC1510
S / M / L / XL

For Women:

Gwen Tee | ATG1510
S / M / L

Scoop Tee | ATS1510
S / M / L / XL


SAVE THE DATE:

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

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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

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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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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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Life in Pink

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‘Semua manusia punya pilihan dalam memandang kehidupan. Seperti yang dilakukan Melissa Sunjaya dalam setiap karyanya. Apa yang dia alami, baca, dengar, lewat hatinya bisa berubah jadi suatu kejutan manis yang ditunggu banyak orang. Kita semua punya pilihan ini dalam hidup; melihat sesuatu dari sudut pandang berbeda. Tak terkecuali mereka yang sedang merasakan kesedihan atau kegelapan. Mau terus menangis atau bangkit dan mulai memeluk kehidupan dengan segala warna di dalamnya? Berbagai kejutan indah dalam hidup akan senantiasa menghampiri kalau semangat dalam jiwa selalu ada.’
– Sarah Sechan

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‘Bio Fantasy’ is a tribute to Chairil Anwar, depicting a series of visual and storytelling experiments inspired by abstract microbes and their relation to human emotions. Six art prints by Melissa Sunjaya were selected especially for Breast Cancer Awareness Month and are a prelude to our Bio Fantasy illustrated editions which will debut on 28 October 2015.

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

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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.

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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 (Rp.650,000) and in medium size: 500 x 650 x 40 mm (Rp.2,000,000). Giclée orders will take 5 working days – FREE shipping is included.

Warmest Regards, Tulisan Chronicles Team

(Photography by Michal Gorzynski)

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