Sejak suka hand-lettering dari akhir tahun lalu dan mengikuti beberapa akun Instagram hand-lettering artist, saya berpikir pasti seru nih kalau bisa kumpul sama teman-teman yang punya minat sama. Hari Minggu lalu akhirnya kesampaian juga bikin acara kumpul-kumpul kecil. Tadinya mau ada 9 orang yang ikutan tapi 2 orang mendadak berhalangan dan satu sakit. Jadi total ada 6 orang yang ikutan: Saya, Maesy, Dian, Alexa, Feni, dan Tara. Kami janjian di sebuah resto di daerah Kuningan sambil membawa peralatan masing-masing.
Agak susah mencari foto cantik saat sesi playdate kemarin, karena biasanya tangan kami selalu belepotan tinta dan tisu bertebaran di meja. It’s kinda messy, but full of fun! Kami saling menjajal brush-pen, kuas, dan tinta. Pentel brush pen, Pentel pocket brush pen, brush pen Daiso, koi water brush diisi tinta, Pentel poster color, tinta Winsor & Newton, sumi ink Daiso, dan macam-macam lagi. Supplies yang jadi favorit kami ternyata adalah kuas Artemedia, tinta cina Yamura, dan poster color Sakura warna hitam.
It really is an easy thing to find a good house. But to make your house a home is not only about great looking things you find in home and living stores. A home should be a representation of who you are. It should be filled with stories that have been made by the people who live in it. And this is what we feel when we came to Ayu Larasati and Akbar’s nest. a home that represents the people who live in it.
We’ve been in love with Ayu’s ceramic works for months, and we finally met her for the first time at our Whimsical Garden with Ayang Cempaka on October 2014. Her passion of making ceramics with her two hands amazed us. Ayu and her little family moved to Indonesia last year, after living in Toronto, Canada for more than 10 years.
We finally had a chance to visit her lovely nest and studio last month. Greeted with such a warm welcome. We were surprised that Ayu had already prepared a homemade casserole and Akbar, served us with his grilled chicken and satay. You know…nothing beats a warm welcome and homemade food.
Dian, Maesy, Nike and I agreed to throw the second meeting of our book club the day after the Valentine’s Day. Although the four of us were not usually celebrate that kind of day, we thought it would be interesting to put a theme around Valentine. Yes, you’ve guessed it, it’s about love. Love may applied to a lot of things, not only refer to a romantical relationship between two human being. We chose “The Object of My Affection” as the theme for Cups and Pages volume 2. It can be books about your hobby, books that has a theme about family, anything. This time we invited Ayu Larasati, Fransisca Angela, Nazura Gulfira, and Ovi Dading. It’s pretty interesting to see how each of us interpreted the theme.
The Annotated Classic Fairy Tales by Maria Tatar was the book that Maesy brought with her. It’s an interesting book because it shows you different versions of a fairy tale, with real illustrations. You think you know the real story about Cinderella? Well, think again. Because the earlier tales tells different stories from the Disney one. Back then, some fairy tales were a bit dark and gory, not as cheerful and (mostly) happy ending like the one we know these days.
As for me, food is one among many objects of my affection. So I brought Feast by Nigella Lawson, a book about how we use food as a way to celebrate life and associated it with certain important moments like Christmas, Eid, wedding, even funeral. It also share some fun facts about the culinary tradition behind every celebration. Nigella also put “Breakfast” chapter in this book because to her it’s like a simple feast to celebrate the fact that we’re alive everyday.
Then it’s Dian turns to share what she loved most about her book, Seeing Voices by Oliver Sacks, a non-fictional book that tells about the world of the deaf. From history of how they were seen and treated in the past, to how important the sign-language to helps the deaf community play their role in this world. Having a relative who has hearing loss, Dian get a lot of insight that helped her to understand more about the deaf culture.
Ayu’s Daring Greatly by Brené Brown was the next book to be put into the spotlight. Ayu shared how it helps her get through one of the most difficult time in her life. The book speaks about how the courage to be vulnerable transforms the way we live, love, parent, and lead. As a person, sometimes we fear about other people perception towards us, so we’re affraid to show vulnerability and chose to look strong instead. Ayu loves how Brene show that it’s okay to be vulnerable so that you can feel more and could motivate yourself to be better and strive for the best. Read More
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