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..