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The Kayans
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Drawing and Photography by me - Nani Puspasari

Inle Lake, Myanmar 2016

Travel drawing series - I’m not sure how I feel about this one, this drawing referee to my Myanmar travel photo in 2016 @travelnani. I’ve been wanting to see these Kayan long neck women since I was a teenager after reading an article about them in a magazine. The Kayan tribe are Tibeto-Burman ethnic minority of Myanmar, a lot of them fled to the Thai border area due to conflict with the military regime in the 1980s. The women wear the rings from childhood and adding more annually as they getting older. Kayan long neck women wear the rings from childhood, starting with four or five, and adding more annually as they acclimate to the increased weight. Coils weighing up to 25 pounds depress the chest and shoulders. This creates the illusion of disembodied head hovering over a shimmering pedestal of gold rings.  Contrary to popular belief, the coils don’t lengthen the neck itself and thus can be removed without the neck snapping. Yet, women still wear these coils year round with few exceptions, even while sleeping.In Thailand, they were exposed to tourist attraction, similar feeling I got when our tour guide showed us these ladies. He told us that we are able to take photos with them and leave some donation money in the box around the corner. Two of them still teenagers, they look uncomfortable and hardly smiles. I had a mixed feeling about this, similar when I saw tourists taking smiley photo/ selfies in front of The Hiroshima Peace Memorial, the place for honouring the dead - “The goal of travel shouldn’t be taking pictures of exotic things to brag about back home. Travel is about forging relationships and making connections with people from different cultures. Create a symbiotic relationship with locals by reaching out to find common ground with the people you met, instead of treating them as spectacles to exploit.” (via epicureandculture) - I’m not judging, everyone has right to do what they want. But as the human being, we might want to reflect ourselves to be a better person day by day, lemme know how you feel seeing these kinds of tourist selfie photos #longneckwomen

Big Sky Little Moon
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24 Jun - 15 Oct 17 - BIG SKY LITTLE MOON - Barry McGee & Clare Rojas
Watari-Um Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan
Photographed by Nani Puspasari - Daily updates @melbartdiary

California-born artist Barry McGee started out on the street, inspired by the graffiti scene in early ’90s San Francisco, but has later turned to paintings of undulating geometries and concentric lines that seem more cerebral than populist. This show at the Watari-Um comes exactly a decade after McGee's first exhibition at the same museum and features work created together with his wife, Clare Rojas. Also set to take part in this summer's Reborn Art Festival up in Tohoku, McGee and his tongue-in-cheek blending of art and commerce are well worth revisiting. (timeout).

ReDraw : An Interesting Story by James Tissot, 1872, Oil on Wood Panel
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Painting : An Interesting Story by James Tissot, 1872, Oil on Wood Panel •  Location : NGV, Melbourne • Time : 20 minutes • Medium : Colour pencil on sketch book

Notes : The title of this painting describes a comedy of manners, as James Tissot portrays two fashionably dressed women ignoring a soldier (whose uniform is by contrast conservative and outmoded) who is engrossed in his own telling of a tale. This work, exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1872, was one of the first paintings Tissot showed in London after he left France at the fall of the Paris Commune in 1871.

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Australia : Perth
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I visited my good friend in Perth, Western Australia for this long weekend Queen Birthday Victoria holiday. Follow my other Instagram @travelnani for more travel photos [1] Perth city view from Kings Park [2] Mural around Northbridge, Perth [3] Blue House Swan River [4] The Secret Garden, Careninup Lake in Gwelup, Perth [5] The Pinnacles National Park, Western Australia

Studio Talk
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Around Art Studio [ The creative process is not like a situation where you get struck by a single lightning bolt. You have ongoing discoveries, and there's ongoing creative revelations. Yes, it's really helpful to be marching toward a specific destination, but, along the way, you must allow yourself room for your ideas to blossom, take root, and grow - Carlton Cuse ]

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Japan : Ginza

I had shot over thousands photos on my recent travel to Japan. I need to spend some time sorting though and editing those bunch of pictures but I'll be sure to post them here for everyone to see. I snapped these photos with my Sony Alpha 300a in Ginza. The Ginza (銀座) is Tokyo's most famous upmarket shopping, dining and entertainment district, featuring numerous department stores, boutiques, art galleries, restaurants, night clubs and cafes. This place does not suit my lifestyle but there are lots of art galleries here. 

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ReDraw : The Temptation of Christ, Ary Scheffer, 1854
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Painting : The Temptation of Christ, Ary Scheffer, 1854 • Location : NGV, Melbourne • Time : 10 minutes • Medium : colour pencil on sketch book

Notes : The forty days of Lent is the annual retreat of the people of God in imitation of Jesus' forty days in the wilderness. Towards the end of his career, Ary Scheffer achieved great success with paintings based on Christian themes. While many of there works were life-size, Scheffer also made a number of smaller copies of his compositions. 

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Japan : Storefront
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This place never failed to impress me since my first visit on 2011. [1] Marugo, nice wine bar in the heart of Shinjuku [2] Dreamy house around Shimokitazawa [3] Beautiful building in Harajuku [4] Italian-inspired cafe, Luigi - Harajuku [5] Japanese sign painting, Shinjuku

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Kotabaru : Indonesia
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Postcard from my hometown : A voice in the wildness. I was living here for 13 years. Still tiger! Hometown - Kotabaru, Kalimantan Selatan, Indonesia. This district has an area of 9442.46 km ² and has a population of as many as 290 142 people (result of Indonesian Population Census 2010 ) with sea fishermen as much as 15 961 inhabitants. This area is a motto "Sa-ijaan" (Banjar language) which means: Semufakat, a heart and a one word yes.

Inspiration : Skull

This has nothing to do with Halloween. It's no secret that I'm obsessed with skulls and skeletons since I was 15. Those objects are beautiful form of arts, fragile and the state of death and life. Could you imagine humans and animals without their skeletons? They're weak and lost, and hey, you won't able to do anything. Hmm, just a piece of meat with a face. I would love to be an anthropologist someday, traveling to Egypt and found new mummies. Who cares about the curses. I want to be able to touch the human bones from the past, learning about variety species of human (and animal) that lived million and million years ago. Let's see if I can predict my future. From artist to be an anthropologist? Why not :D High-five to the guy who created pinterest, I can spend million hours staring and pinning all this image collection. Resources Links here | Follow my pinterest 

Screen Print
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I've been busy lately; working 7 days a week (5 days as graphic designer, 2 days as cafe staff and midnight freelancer). I'm preparing to start my own small business. I joined this awesome screen printing workshop, run by Harvest Textiles, a Melbourne based textile design trio. Fun experience, lovely people and wonderful atmosphere. Check their programs here.

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Around Melbourne
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[1] Crown Casino [2] Masterclass Styling Workshop [3] View from my work desk, Queen Street [4] Flinders Street Station via Degraves Lane [5] Night Noodle Market [6] Art Exhibition at Goodtimestudio [7] Healthy Lunch at home