Oi’s 2nd birthday bash

I had to post every precious moment in my life before it gets fade away, hope that one day it can be my stepping stone to definite myself as a whole. I am now was me in the past and someone in the future, as well as my daughter now stepping in  her toddler age- 2 years. Me and my hubby promise to ourselves to keep photographing each year as she’s growing bigger.

this time was a little bit different than the last year, there was no epic ombre cake just stacks of donuts, there were no balloons, and fancy tutu skirts to put on, yet there was still the same chaos following the messy photographs of a small family who struggles to frozen the memories they knew they couldn’t rewind it.



Bermi epic gateway

This post should have been here long time ago..but since I just got the change to write down this epic story of an epic journey just weeks after, what can I say..”late is way better than nothing at all”.

This was also the first time Oi joining the holiday, by far  for almost 2 years we just went domestic and that is  from mall to mall in Surabaya, boring I know…

Ayer Dingin as cool as it sounds, was the destination that meet our expectation, The Ming’s family, the first son Carten is the one that always put the best service first to whomever that stay at their beautiful cottage. The air, the surrounding, the place, the hospitality and the karaoke was super fun. Located at Bermi, Probolinggo the temperature at night was dropped down till 15 degree celsius, my body was having a little bit hypothermia, I even putting a balaclava plus 2 -layer-blankets, plus a full cover clothes on,  when sleeping. Slept at ‘1x1m wood cabin’ surrounded by humid plants and moss created a gloomy, out of this world setting.

The next morning  we walked through vegetables fields, shrubbery, grass, small path, riverside, you name it, just to experience the raw thing like milking straight from the cow with your bare hands. Fortunately let these expertise did their job, all I need to do was just watching the whole process where the fresh milk was pasteurized by boiling it at 70 degree Celsius at the nearest kitchen available. Very practical and functional I guess, and what interested me was that these people had long become part of Nestle CSR (corporate social responsibility). The biggest consumer good company had established ‘Olah Limbah Jadi Berkah” program that generated Biogas from raw materials such as agricultural waste-cow’s feces, moreover as all the facility has been provided by Nestle to these people, in return  the company would get dairy milk from them daily to be processed afterwards.

The babies are sleeping while moms harvesting carrots.
Pull and Carrots a new way harvesting the beta carotene veggies.

The place, the people, the food, and most of all the hospitality left a good memories about Ayer Dingin, definitely going there again soon. Thank you Carten and Pak Ming.





Zero Waste Pattern making

Inspired by trashed-a documentary film about something that we buy, we burn, and we bury..that are the pile and pile of junks, polluting our earth-this Zero Waste pattern making workshop I attended to, was definitely ‘something’ to me. Since fashion has become the second largest contributor to trash littering, ever since industrial era had replaced man work with machine, then slow fashion emerged into a fast fashion, a pattern making process has been always producing waste. There are 400 billion m2 clothing  produced every year in the world, and 15% of them m2 to be exact are the waste. Let alone 350,54 km2 Surabaya city can be covered entirely  by not only one hell of a vast fabric but 171 times. From m2 fabric waste  we can possibly get 9 t-shirt per year out of it. Therefore, designers as well as  academics as  the ‘green agents’ was pushed their limit through their inventions to solve the problem.

The objective was to use every single part of the material fabric when create a pattern, so that it leaves zero waste.

Me and the ‘mother of fashion in Surabaya’ sooo honored to sit next to her :))

Bu Aryani Widagdo such an inspirational educationist, breathe fashion in her lungs, had done so many research to conduct this workshop and moreover to transfer this life changing knowledge. With giants on her shoulders-great designers such as Julian Roberts,  Zandra Rhodes, Simone Austen, Holly McQuillan, and Timo Rissanen as her benchmarks, she taught how to apply zero waste concept within more than 5 pattern examples that every one of the participants had to experience making it, she even gave  us challenge to redesign a pattern of our nasional dress-Kebaya- embracing the objective of zero waste at the end of the workshop.

Julian Robert was one of the extraordinaire fashion designer introduced the concept of subtraction cutting, on his book that he keened  to share to world he told that he would never stop invent and share what he had done to the audience, in doing so, he managed to reach 20 universities and giving live demonstrations to over 17 countries and this was apparently a green light to bu Aryani Widagdo to accept the stick and passing it on to other audiences in Indonesia, start with Surabaya. Below are some the pages of his book “Free Cutting”

And here are some of the magnificent subtraction cutting pattern bu Aryani shared in the workshop created by Julian Roberts,  Zandra Rhodes, Simone Austen, Holly McQuillan, and Timo Rissanen (copyright by Ariyani Widagdo).

design by Holly McQuillan
design by Timo Rissanen
design by Simone Austen

This workshop has imprinted something on me, and I definitely want to know more about green fashion, since this subject is parallel with Kate Fletcher and Lynda Grose ” Fashion and Sustainability Design for Change” I die to read for. Thank you bu Aryani for sharing this new way of thinking to me..




Je Ne Sais Quoi part 2

The queen of gender and feminism, a friend of mine Aniendya alongside with her cute ‘couture’ artwork “Yoni”

The crowd was crazy and the exhibition had been extended right by then..it happened longer than it used to be on the poster. This time most of the artwork had something that innovative, interactive and edgy. A honorable mention were the SuBo-stand for Suro and Boyo-an awesome 3D-printed character of the urban folktale animal of Surabaya created by my college who’s also happen to be my boss-Pak Aris  (https://www.instagram.com/subosuroboyo/) , and a versatile algorithmic 3D simulated paper craft  hanging on the wall, a reminiscence of  its creator’s visage worth to acclamation-“Selepas Belantara” by Erandaru Srisanto. BUT the Mirror on the wall said that the fairest of them all was the one and only..the one that also stole the most press attention was Cindy and Piyok’s work..

That was the majestic optical illusion shadow playing mock up of Surabaya’s city scrappers-“KOTAKITA”. Even the best part was that they built up the mini version of the famous features in Surabaya, such as BNI tower, Graha Pena, Tugu Pahlawan and The historical Jembatan Merah. Nodded envy-ly this work rocked the event, they stole the spotlight! Off course from the moment the exhibition was opened ’till the last day this event was ever happened, the press just kept coming again and again, and it was definitely become ‘the face’ on every headlines these journalists ever wrote about.


Je Ne Sais Quoi “Kotakukotakita” Exhibition at House of Sampoerna part 1

Je Ne Sais Quoi is an expression to describe something that someone really attached to it and become so hopelessly fascinated that he/she ‘s not able to explain what’s ‘the thing’ that makes something so special..A depression in a good way, it also means that when something is so wrong it’s right.

The Jargon above  is probably familiar in the context of Fashion. it almost a coincidence I read this savy pocket book-I forget the title was- and all of sudden this France phrase got me attention..Je Ne Sais Quoi then became the name of my artwork this year, in an venture of Visual Communication Design department and House of Sampoerna celebrated 274th Surabaya anniversary on May 2017. Kotakukotakita is the big theme that’s going to bring this exhibition to the next level.

Some of the art pieces are interactive and in advance of technology. There will be an optical illusion playing with shadows and lights projected onto 3D model city scape of Surabaya, another art work is a mini sculpt molded through Blender (3D animation engine) and run into a 3D printing. Mine is mindblowingly goes side by side with the other two ‘back to the future’ works, a-virtual reality-scape showing Tunjungan Plaza Surabaya  in 360 panoramic view,  along side these there exotic-skinned fashion figures posing fiercely through the lens of Google cardboard. One can experience being inside the environment and seeing the 3D model of Tunjungan Plasa city scape but in a fashionable way.

Je Ne Sais Quoi Google Cardboard

Imitating the model pose while loading all the artwork for the exhibition at House of Sampoerna

Scan the QR code on the poster within my artwork and download the VR-scape on your phone. Place the phone in the Google cardboard, activate it and Voila!! step into the VR environment.

I’ll update you guys latter..see you on the  next report about the press con followed up with the opening.







Fashion is neither just apparel or things that you wear, in this term accessories like necklace, bangles, earings, even glasses, more over it's seen as you entirely from head to toe, include your attitude. Fashion reflects your inner self, it's very you and personal..so whatever you are, when you apply it to your fashion, you let people see what are you deep inside implicitly. Then the "don't judge book by its cover" might not always be right.