Meet Stacia Hadiutomo, this multi-talented girl have had the pleasure of working in one of the world’s well-known magazine Oyster, also working on many artistic and fun collaborations with other artists and designers. Sub-Cult asked a moment of her time while she was in Jakarta, and we picked her creative brain for some QnA.
Hello Stacia, you have such an impressive line of work. How did this all started? How’d you get into the business and get so many amazing opportunities?
I’ve been interested in design for as long as I can remember. After uni, I did a lot of freelance work and internships here and there. I’ve always wanted to work in magazines and Oyster was the obvious choice for me – it was my dream job. Getting in the industry was hard. In Sydney, there’s a saying ‘big fish in a small pond’. It’s such a small industry and it’s ruled by all the big fishes. You have to know people to get in. But once you’re in, usually things roll like a snowball.
As luck would have it I got my job at Oyster after I did a month internship there. I became good friends with the creative director, Shane Sakkeus and we’ve worked on a lot of projects together. As a result a whole assortment of doors into fashion and design opened up for me. I believe that if you work hard, you’ll get somewhere.
You worked for Oyster for quite a while, what was it like there and what did you do?
Oyster is like a family to me. We’re all good friends and we have the same visions – you don’t need to do so much talking to communicate your thoughts. People are very laid back in Sydney. We’d go to the beach during deadlines, lunch at the park, drinks after work. But these people know what they want, what they do and they’re very passionate about it. It’s very inspiring and this what keeps you going.
At Oyster, I design and layout the whole magazine. On the editorial side there’s only 3 people working on the issue (creative director, editor and designer). We work with a whole lot of contributors from around the world. Most of the contributors now are based in New York and LA. Because of the time difference we never really have time to stop. Deadlines are always the craziest time but we always make the most of it.
Who have you worked with before?
I’ve been lucky enough to have a chance to work with my favorite designers in Sydney. Shane Sakkeus and Jonathan Zawada are my favorite artists. Together they formed a collective called Tru$t Fun! and I was a huge fan of them. Life surprised you sometimes; I ended up working on a carpet project with them. I’ve also worked with other Australian designers including Josh Goot. I did a fun print work for London Fashion Week as well.
Where do you get the inspiration for your prints?
Mostly coffee, good weather and the color pink. My friend Shane showed me this great thing which is the changing desktop wallpaper. It picks images from a folder on my desktop that I compile and drag from the internet. It’s also a good way to keep them organized in one place. At the moment I have something like 1000 images in there and I think having them constantly shuffling around in the background is a good way of feeding the subconscious.
The most memorable projects you’ve ever done?
It’s hard to say what’s the most memorable one, I guess Josh Goot 2011 show at an abandoned parking lot was one of the biggest, most difficult things I’ve undertaken and something I never really thought I would get the chance to do. It was my first big collection when it comes to prints and it opened my door to a lot of projects after. All of Oyster’s issue has been crazy but it’s always been fun.
How was it like to have worked with Josh Goot?
People like Josh Goot have been fantastic to work with. He’s always open to crazy ideas. And I think liking the product really helps make the experience a good one.
Your carpet project is gorgeous, how much would someone have to shell out to own that baby at home?
Thank you, that means a lot! The cost of each carpet varies, depends on the size and how complicated the design is. At the moment price starts from IDR 15 million.
Any upcoming projects or “dream-projects” for you?
A rug project with Shane called ‘RUG LIFE’. Also a collaboration with my favorite design duo Tru$t Fun! to make more fractal rugs.
If you weren’t doing this for a living, what do you think you’d be doing right now?
Oh man I can’t really see myself doing anything else. I’ve been wanting to learn to do pottery, though. Maybe opening a florist, or something that involves a lot of traveling.
Your creation is well known internationally, even by international celebrities, how did you feel about this (obviously other than pride) – did you think you would come this far?
It feels pretty amazing when you see your work out there. I remember going to a fashion show that showcase our work in it… When the lights went on, for a second your heart stops beating. It’s those feelings that are priceless. Or seeing people wearing them on the streets. I still have that excitement whenever I see Oyster at the stores. Even though now you give yourself the hardest criticism, you know you did OK when you still have that excitement going.
Who’ve bought your creations? You think you’d drop names for Sub-Cult?
Kim Kardarshian, Christine Centenera, Gatsby’s Elizabeth Debicki and Miranda Kerr have worn our prints for Josh Goot.
If you could work for anyone at all whom would you wanna collaborate with?
I’m totally happy working with Shane Sakkeus. We work really well together and he’s a total genius. I’ve never met anyone who’s as talented and so down to earth as him. I learned a lot from him everyday. Oyster’s editor Zac Bayly is writing some of the funniest shit out there. It’s always a pleasure to read his funny work and actually commit it to print. But otherwise Gerhard Richter, Jean-Paul Goude, Anselm Reyle, Vivianne Sassen, Dries Van Noten, Miucca Prada, Rei Kawakubo, and M/M Paris. The list could go on.
Who or what is your muse?
My mom. She’s a great painter and she’s the one who introduced me to this art world. She’s a realist and I’m driven more to abstract. But we’re each other’s number one fan.
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Interview by Vita Aviandhono
Photos courtesy of Stacia Hadiutomo