Invisible Maestro

October 8, 2020

It pecked upon the twigs sloshed inside a pond of warm blooded mud just between a briars patch.

Through the rose window and beyond the rumpled Victorian curtain, my eyes were fixed;

Upon this bird, adorned in a black feather coat and emerald eyes, was calm tranquility, as it slowly tugged, no, merely kissed the twig, in hopes of resurrecting  it from the dampness of yesterday’s rain.

And nearby a tree guarded this Rusty Blackbird from rays of light and the wind, from slight of sound.

Transfixed I was in the facile movement of nature, symphonically conducted by an invisible maestro.

Finally, after minutes of bearing witness to this dance, I saw the mud birth not one, but a string of twigs bound to each other, like the pearls upon my mother’s neck.

Delighted, or seemingly so, the blackbird dragged, collected and flew away;

And as I stood, weighted in a lachrymose farewell, a preponderance of thoughts pecked at the pool of mud gathered in a frozen place inside my heart.

Only, where was my maestro and does he know my name?

So I sat and took to ink and paper my plight.

And while heavy in eyes, I wrote this, blotted in the vanity of self-pity and below the breast, where forlorn feelings often linger without a tree to shade or wind to silence;

In hopes that I too, will be like the Rusty Blackbird, drenched in pined watchfulness from a distant window, with a pile of twigs at my leisure, in perfect time, as I too, will  collect and fly away, leaving it all behind.

The Wilderness

October 8, 2020

It is but civil.

Scattered trees whose nails are painted in rose buds and thorns
Waving inside the lofty breath of rushed and waited wind.
Quiet, its weathered lids, canopies above
your quick-flirting eyes.

And you,
You cannot woo it, even should you try.

For it is the wild that drowns unmerciful structures.
It doe not speak through electrical wires and erect thumbs;
Nor does deal in self-devouring gold.
Crowned in the mirth of a quintessential performance,
It’s self-invigorated

As the rivers do not mind you, or me.
Above we see mere clutter, but below,
Below its all one grand parade.
Organized, processions of  apple roots, warm clay and leaves, as emerald as eyes,
journeying to drink beneath sun-bathing water lilies.
This rivers skin, reflective and teary eyed, like bottled wine drunk on light,
it absorbs EVERYTHING.

And this,
THIS is my wilderness!

Mad, its barks reveals its pouting veins buried beneath wrinkled moss.
Its ceremonial quirks, and exiled sounds,
They twirl and turn and take me.
Somehow transforming corrosive syllables into brilliant, soundless, swishing waves.

Here, one has not a choice but to listen & behave.


Ladies and gentlemen, may I present one of the most innovative and prestigious designers in the fashion industry today. Born on September 27th in Solo, Indonesia, Sapto studied fashion design & pattern making at L’Ecole Superieure des Art et Technique de la Mode, the first fashion school established in France. He also attended the International Fashion University in Indonesia, Esmond Jakarta.  His fashion designs boldly fuse surrealism and his cultural influences, creating sophisticated yet fiercely imaginative pieces. The beauty in Sapto’s fashion design brand, launched in 2007, is rooted in his artistic eye and passion to create illustrious designs that stand the test of time.

In 2009 Sapto, launched his highly acclaimed Ready-to-Wear Couture Fashion collection and in 2011 the Elle Style Award named him “Fashion Designer of the Year.” This past 2012 was a prequel of all the great things that are to come for Sapto this year  starting with an exclusive fashion spread of Sang Randeng Girah collection in dewi’s January issue; celebrities red carpet & event appearances in the designer’s dresses as well as a spread in Elle Indonesia December 2012 and an article in Marie Claire Indonesia October 2012. His latest Spring/ Summer 2013 designs are inspired by the Vatsu Vidya and were presented  at the Dewi Fashion Knights 2012 in Indonesia. His collections encompass ready-to-wear, haute couture, and bridal wear.

So, without further ado may I present, a look into the mind of fashion’s surrealistically bold designer, Sapto Djojokartiko


Q & A
When you were  little what did you want to be?

A Lawyer


What’s your favorite piece you’ve made?

A Dress

What motivated you to fuse art and fashion to create some textured and creative designs?

To elabore the inspiration


What is the longest you’ve spent on a project?

A year, when I create a flysioner collection on 2010 


What art piece was the most fun to work on?

The shoe collection for the 2011-2012 couture collection


What’s the latest project you are working on?

Ready to wear collection spring/summer 2013 


What inspires you or initiates the inspiration that drives you?



Do you have a process?   

Yes, example, watching traditional performing arts


What has been your most recent muse?

Cate Blanchett






My favorite accomplishments:

1. When i realized that i want to a designer 2. When i started the study in fashion 3. When i had my own brand

Favorite word:



Favorite thing in nature:

Cloudy sky


One of your favorite fashion designers:

Cristobal Balenciaga


One of your favorite books:



One of your favorite artist:

Gustav Klimit


One of  your movies:

The Prestige


One of your favorite musicians:

 Chris Martin


Favorite place to design:



Favorite smell:

 Wood and Leather


Favorite sound:



Was there a time you felt like you were not going to be able to make a living off of being an designer?



What would you advice to others about pursuing their dreams based upon how you were able to manifest yours.

Consistency on what you doing

 Favorite thing in nature:

Cloudy sky and antler



Who/What inspires or moves you?

My culture,my heritage


What’s one of your favorite quotes?

 Life is about choices


“Spring/Summer 2013  collection inspired by Vastu Vidya, an architectural foundation and outline with the philospohy that architecture is not just any architecture but it is created to give linear alignment to all aspects of life. The collection were detailed with beading and cut out details that are influenced by the relief, texture and sculpture commonly found on dwelling created with the Vastu Vidya belief.”

Courtesy of Sapto Djojokartiko

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For More: Spring/Summer 2013  collection inspired by Vastu Vidya

Spring/Summer 2013 collection on Dewi Magazine January 2013.

Dewi magazine January 2013
Photographer: Davy Linggar.
Stylist: Aldi Indrajaya
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Kate Talanova in Sapto Djojokartiko by Nicoline Patricia Malina for Le Mariage Indonesia.


Sapto Djojokartiko Ready to Wear 2012-2013 gold beads and sequins necklaces and belts.


Thank you Sapto for the interview & for adding a VA Va Voomm to the Fashion World.