Melissa Sunjaya of Tulisan came to Los Angeles for a few weeks in the Summer. With her presence, she spreads magical creative dust around. I am forever convinced that being around Melissa is like being around an unexplainable tunnel to another dimension. A world so beyond the imagination of our galaxy, which somehow found a perfect door to attach itself to Melissa. And lucky us, we get to see snippets of wonderful things in this other world through her art.
After she left I continued to bath in this joyous feeling of laughter, of creativity, of a different set of perspectives in seeing the world and problems in it. I strangely felt free from restrictions. I contacted Niza Dafney, a photographer I've been wanting to collaborate with, another Indonesian-American creative in Los Angeles. She and I had briefly chatted on Instagram and casually mentioned we should collaborate, yet haven't had a chance to do it. This time around both our schedules work, FD Photo Studio has one spot available, it was the world aligning itself to allow for more magic.
It was the first day of Spring in Los Angeles. But you Angelinos know how winter came late to the city this year, so that morning of the photoshoot we had a somewhat chilly morning and grey-ish weather. I looked outside of my home studio window and decided that we are going to infuse happiness and a whole lot of happy colors into today's work.
Did you know that Melissa is a dog lover? In August 2017 when I went to Jakarta, she just adopted her first dog. From then on, Melissa had adopted two more dogs from a local shelter. Being magical Melissa, I truly believe that now she speaks dogs fluently. She became in such a short period, a dog whisperer, a dog holistic-healer. I am truly honored that she sees me as being in a pack with her, though we're two continents apart, from one dog lover to another we bond furthermore over concerns of stray dogs and cats in Jakarta. Before she left she gave me her gorgeous ilustration work on journals and set of cups so we can fundraise together, "for the strays" she said, "yes, for them" I nodded in agreement.
So here we are, Toko-Toko is rolling out our first campaign for animals. The merchandise you see on this blog will be available soon for you to purchase. These Tulisan items are no longer available in stores, they have been safely kept at Blue Lounge studio in Pasadena. The same as the journals and the beautiful coffee cups.
A date will be set soon for our campaign. Until then you should continue to check our Instagram daily for the announcement. I'm excited for these beauties to help the lives of many strays in Jakarta. Melissa will pick out the shelter or non-profit to donate fund from the sales. As for me, I will continue to write my love letters of Sustainable Fashion and spread more love, light, and kindness in this industry I love.
Photographer: Niza Dafney
Products: Tulisan, Ritzenhoff and Traveling Journal
Artist: Melissa Sunjaya
Model & Styling: Lolo Santosa
Shirt & Dress: J&Grey Boutique
Location: FD Photo Studio, DTLA