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Tigress

Letterplatters got a chance to collaborate with one of talented poets, Ayu Meutia. I got to know her a year ago through her spoken poetry initiative named #Unmasked that she founded together with few of her fellows. It's good to know that our brief encounter led us to one project, and she put her trust on us to deliver her baby, Tigress. Together with Letterplatters, we also collaborate with local illustration artist, Gesa Febrian, to add some juxtaposed and metaphorical watercolor splash.

Ayu Meutia believes that the sorting hat would put her in Ravenclaw House, but the letter never comes so she puts herself to contentment of the Muggle world. Tigress is her first independently published poems collection. Throughout the years, she has written short-stories and poetry for various anthologies. Her writings have been featured in Jakarta Globe and Rappler Indonesia, mostly covering local and arts communities, current affairs and women’s issues.

The first and fresh batch of Tigress was finally launched last weekend at #Unmasked event @america, Pacific Place. As I assisted the birth of Tigress, I was really content to see Ayu did her spoken word's performance. It seems that the tigress in her roaring in full emotion, and totally have some noise worth hearing. Yes, Noise Worth Hearing, just like the theme of her #Unmasked last week. 

I wish Ayu Meutia many opportunity in the future to get her writings appreciated more by the audience. She seems too young to be taken so seriously, but trust me, she's wise and mature enough inside to broaden our perspective about love and life.

May the tigress inside her will always be this brave. 

 

 

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A Piece of Rumi

On behalf of Letterplatters, I'd love to break the ice in this playground by wishing everyone a very wishful weekend. Here's a piece of Rumi to start the second term of the year, marked by the celebration of Eid Fitri. As usual, it's always fun to contemplate by reading poetry to relate to—and to stay reminded by. This year I bumped into another piece by Rumi which is hopefully could rest with us. 

"Be like the sun for grace and mercy. Be like the night to cover other's faults. Be like running water for generosity. Be like death for rage and anger. Be like the Earth for modesty. Appear as you are, be as you appear." 

Let's embrace the second term with positivity to be the best that we could. 
Have a nice day. 

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#BisikKata

It's been a month since the second chapter of #Letterature. On behalf of Letterplatters, I hope it's not too late to do a quick catch up on #BisikKata and of course to thank all the collaborators and official partners. I understand that #BisikKata was a ground to learn and have fun at the same time, and there's a lot to be improved for the next chapter. But at least together we made progress, we made better works, and built better relationship through this collaboration. 

This was the latest picture of #Letterature collaborators on the last day of #BisikKata showcase. Few important fellows are not captured above, but still, I am more than grateful to have these people believed in me and agreed to be part of #Letterplatters' journey this year. For that, I wish each of them best of luck on their own creative endeavors. Hopefully one day we could work together again.

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The "Green" Designer

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The "Green" Designer

Teh Chen Yee is one of designers that happened to be a special friend of mine and also a creative part-nerd in Letterplatters. Her presence could be found through her handwriting that bombed the identity for our annual #Letterature event. Apart from being good friends since college time, we're remotely working and exchanging ideas every now and then in between Kuala Lumpur and Jakarta. Lucky enough I got a chance to squeeze some of our off days for a trip to Yogyakarta, one of emerging creative cities in Indonesia. 

In the middle of our own contemplative track during that short journey, I managed to allocate some time to have a little deep talk through her creative alley. So there I was with her at Borobudur Temple, sitting on top of one of magical wonders of the world for a word-to-word about her vision and aspiration as a designer and a farmer, at the same time. 

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The Second Chapter

In the spirit of new year, we are happy to share about the second chapter of Letterature. We curate different theme this year which focuses on how word transforms into lyrics, and how a song could be the meeting point for writer and musician.

"Bisik Kata" is all about that. It's all about the context to fill up our alphabets' composition. We are working with papercutting approach this year. So even though it is pretty simple for some people, but the whole process of cutting them as to respond to those composed songs need a careful eyes. The same goes to the lettering for each songs. 

It feels good to be in a great synergy with collaborators who work with their hearts. We have turned into friends, from strangers, and got to know each other slowly by updating progress, cooking the whole mechanism, preparing the best that we can do for this chapter. And hopefully our work this past months could be delivered well to public less in two weeks time. Wish us all good luck on that.


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"Life" Onwards

A dear talented friend of mine, Gesa Febrian, shared his digital drawing as supposed to be my birthday gift. I really moved by this particular piece though I know he did trace my actual photograph, but there's something with his brush and textures which make me feel content. It relates to my initial vision to make more things out from the heart with Letterplatters ahead.

"What Will You Carry In Life?" drawn here is a recent product I made for Alfabeta. This totebag is too personal to me, as it comes through my stream after a quite contemplative journey. Alfabeta would start produce the new totebag set including this, and looking forward to share the details with you. 

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Retrospective: Romansa Senja

It's almost a year since the first Letterplatters held for the first time. One of the highlight of it was, of course, our first collaboration with Romansa Senja and Resatio. We glad that Romansa Senja agreed to publish their first limited compilation with us. Utari Intan, the girl behind Romansa Senja, has been always a good friend of us and we knew that our common interest in poetry would lead us to something interesting at the end.

Resatio, at the other hand, had been really supportive. He interpreted few poems on Romansa Senja compilation on his own, reminiscing 'romance' through different perspective through his monochromatic collage touch. Pretty much sweet, we say. He made this very first poetry compilation written by Utari Intan, Meity Fitriani, Mariam Ferdiana, and M. Istiqamah Djamad, become Letterature's special limited collections to pick. 

And as the year goes by, we finally sold the pieces out. This first edition would be followed by more editions to come (hopefully), so let's give a shout out to Romansa Senja's troopers. Thank you for those who supported Romansa Senja by buying their copies. Stay tune for their return this year: a special showcase of their own. On another note, have a good weekend!

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Day and Night 2.0

Finally got our hands on revamping "Day and Night" by Bilhuda Haryanto, the pilot publication by Kreasi Komunikata that was launched on the first chapter of Letterature last year. The second chapter of Letterature is coming next month, and we're about to reprinting another batch of this in much proper way. We did major redesign on the cover by emphasizing some human touch on the title itself, tweaking and composing Debby to blend in with the splash of brush. Glad we bump into great handwriting typeface that fits. 

For those who already bought this piece last year, kindly expect something different this time. Though it is still roamed to be a black and white print copy, but it's so much more fixed. The detailing on the inside pages are slightly readjusted, and by far, this updated batch seems more enjoyable to read. We're sending this baby to the printer soon, and hopefully it would be available to be grabbed again on Letterature next month! 

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