Wednesday, 30 December 2009

White Holiday

A great way to spend the beginning of holiday,

starting from the union of two great people, Kamilia Intan Sjadzali and Pim Assen...

... a reunion with my dad - which we both think wasn't long enough ...

... fun in the snow...

... and a gorgeous view

Brummen & Amsterdam, The Netherlands
December 2009

Friday, 11 December 2009


"Warm-up exercise" for Papery project.

These are a few of my experimentation with manipulating paper - and treat them as fabric - for making our final exhibition piece; Paper Dress :)


Tuesday, 24 November 2009


The title is perfect to describe this day :)
After all of the stress and frustration I went through I think I deserve this

On one of the hours of my career as a couch potato, I talked to my auntie back home through Skype (well, she was actually in Singapore at the moment). We talked about lots of stuff, and she is one of these people who really value inspiration, motivation and everything that could make your life feels better. So she was telling me a story about her friend who have kept a journal for 10 years and now have shelves of journals full of positive things in his life. She said that her friend would write 3 positive things that happened each day and put it in the journal; and I think I should really start doing this. Well, I might not remember to write them every single day but I will try; because we thought that these little good things that happened are the best to brighten up your day a little bit. Especially for the future when you just need a little bit of support, you can just go through the lists and you might feel better :)

So, should I write them here, in the blog, or have an actual journal specifically for that?
I think I'll get a journal so I can keep it away from the public :p And this blog was supposed to be about fashion anyway...

I'll post more artworks soon, promise :D


Okay so, on the 23rd November 2009 - which was Monday - Fashion year 0 students had to gather first at 9.45 am to drop off all of our Portfolios and Sketchbooks containing EVERYTHING that we have done since we started.

Just a short recap on the process, this series of projects - 11 projects to be exact - started in September 21st. Each week from that day, we were given at least one new project to work on. Plenty, I know. So, procrastination have been my worst enemy yet, my closest friend in the process of creating this first impression. Ah! First impression, it's the worst situation ever when you're trying to do everything right, but sometimes ended up over-thinking things; and created stress. Mental stress.

That Monday when we had to hand everything in was supposed to be the best day of my life, just because the burden is finally gone - at least for now. But wait... that's right! I also had a presentation to do, a group presentation. How was it, you asked?


I don't know if we can call this miscommunication, or lack of group chemistry, or something else; but, this was the worst presentation that I have ever done. We were supposed to analyse a quote from one designer, and after that we had to make a moodboard and a set of designs based on that quote, some sort of a visual analysis. And the moodboard and the designs were something that we - as a group - were really proud of. Well, I was really proud of them. But again, as I said before I don't know what to call this...let's just say, due to certain circumstances these designs and moodboard were not shown during the presentation - 'accidentally'. It all went so fast I couldn't even figure out the reason for it.

As you read this, you may think that I was just being stupid to complain about such a thing; it's because I didn't write the whole story to avoid any specifications - you may not know me, but I constantly feel bad about the little things that I do/didn't do. So, yeah, let's just say that it didn't turn out to be the best day of my life. Instead of feeling relieved, I got nervous... really nervous.

In order to make myself feel a bit better, I have been trying to find the silver lining from that day

...still working on it

Sunday, 8 November 2009


A sketch based on a print from one of Zandra Rhodes' collection.

Definitely my least favourite designer of all times, but we had to do an analysis of one of her infamous quotes - in a visual approach. So, this is what I did to support the analysis that I will make in my sketchbook a bit later.

Thursday, 8 October 2009

Observational Autopsy

This week has been an introduction to visualisation; which obviously covers observational drawing and fashion illustration. The first day, we had to draw skeletons ALL DAY - with experimentation, of course. Each drawing was done in 1 to 5 minutes; some using the normal hand (right) and some used the wrong hand (left - which gave me quite a surprise when I saw the result); we used white and coloured paper; and a variety of media (pencils, charcoal, drawing pen, coloured pencils, etc)

Meet Fred.

This particular guy on the left, I drew him with my left hand :)

Experimentation using 2 media (graphite pencil & coloured pencil)

More things to come

Tuesday, 6 October 2009

An Additional Concept of Home

Hi there,

It's kinda late now, sekitar jam 2 pagi; dan gak tau kenapa, gue sama sekali gak ngantuk. I have no particular intention by posting this entry, just want to show you the workspace that I'll be working at for this one year :) (well, plus the library, but I'd rather work on my sketchbook alone like any other introverted people :p)

It's small, I know... It wouldn't fit an A3 sketchbook with all the knick-knacks that I'll be using. But, I'd have to adjust myself to it (the table in the kitchen is actually A LOT bigger but,'s a KITCHEN)

Friday, 2 October 2009

The Comeback...

Akhirnya, nama "ManekinTua" ada artinya juga.
What is it, you may ask?
Let me get you up to speed.

Four months ago, I finally graduated with an IB Diploma; with a total score of 35 out of 45 (not so great when you put it this way, but all I know is when I first saw this the world just got better :D)

After that defining moment, I spent the 3 months of unemployment by producing this semi-documentary year book video with a friend of mine; lots of fun.... and stress.

Cut-to: 09/09/09
This was the day when I was overwhelmed by different sorts of emotions - and they were mostly contradictory. On one hand I was excited, on the other hand, I was scared; and sad, but happy at the same time (nah lo, bingung kan?)
It was the date of my flight to UK; and basically left Jakarta for 4 years or so (holidays don't count)

Back to the first sentence:
"Akhirnya, nama "ManekinTua" ada artinya juga."

I said this because I finally got to write about things that are actually related to fashion; well at least, about my study of fashion. So, for the next 4 years, hopefully I'll be able to pour in my thoughts into this virtual world and enjoy them to myself - or if anybody wants to read them as well, I wouldn't mind at all :p

See you in a bit!