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Fika Julia: Diligently Working in the Field of Textile Design

Fika Julia is quite successful in starting her works in the field of textile design. Upon her graduation from Master of Fashion Textile Design at Birmingham City University in 2014, she diligently built a clothing line business named Fika Julia. Her works are often displayed at prestigious art exhibitions, both in the country and internationally. Not only that, but her design motive has also used for the editorial cover model of Harper’s Bazaar Indonesia magazine. Here is SUN Media‘s chit-chat with Fika about her journey to become a textile designer!

Please, tell us the beginning you are interested in the art of design until you took a postgraduate program in Fashion Textile Design!

Since I was a child, I really like drawing and coloring. Because I really like drawing, when I was little I often sketched objects that I saw on the road. But the fact is my childhood dream was I wanted to be an architect because I really liked to see buildings. But, that dream changed when I knew the profession has to deal with Mathematics and Physics, while I don’t like exact sciences. Finally, I chose a Bachelor of Visual Communication Design program until I finally took a master degree in Textile Design because I wanted to study more specific about textile.

Then, how do you take the Master’s program in Textile Design Fashion at Birmingham City University, UK?

Actually, before graduating, I worked at a digital agency company. After a year there, I thought I could not see myself in this job for the next five years. Well, at that time, I was also interested in applying textile design and making fabric motifs. Finally, I decided to resign from my job and continue my studies in textile design. I also chose to study in the UK because I wanted to be able to go to London to visit my favorite brands, designers and galleries. And, luckily, Birmingham City University provides complete facilities for the Department of Fashion Textile Design.

What is the most memorable learning experience there?

When I worked on the final project of the MA Fashion Show, where I had to make a collection of clothes that were exhibited through the campus fashion show. I really struggled to complete the task because I didn’t have a background in fashion at all. I learned to make clothes, sew on clothes, print graphic designs, and so on. Fortunately, my work was also appreciated by lecturers.

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Fika’s motif and clothing designs were first exhibited at the 2014 BCU MA Fashion Show as a final project. Source: instagram.com/by_fikajulia

What is the most memorable learning experience there?

When I worked on the final project of the MA Fashion Show, where I had to make a collection of clothes that were exhibited through the campus fashion show. I really struggled to complete the task because I didn’t have a background in fashion at all. I learned to make clothes, sew clothes, print graphic designs on clothes, and so on. Fortunately, my work was also appreciated by lecturers.

Does the final project result have anything to do with the birth of the Fika Julia brand?

Right. After the final project design, I returned to Indonesia and tried printing designs for several products, such as shirts, tote bags, pouches, scarves, and so on. Then, I also had time to exhibit at various exhibitions. Apparently, the demand is good and continues until now.

Wow, where have you participated in exhibitions? And, who are interested in Fika Julia products?

For national exhibitions, I have participated in the Catalyst Art Event, Bright Spot Market, Swarnafest Fashion Show. For international exhibitions, I joined the Public Garden several times in Singapore. Of course, the enthusiasts of products from Fika Julia come from young people. And surprisingly, Harper’s Bazaar Indonesia magazine also used a motif design that I made for the editorial cover model.

Fika Julia’s motif design collaboration and Ansy Savitri’s fashion design called “Kindred Spirits” are worn for the cover editing model of Harper’s Bazaar 2018 magazine. Source: instagram.com/by_fikajulia

So cool! Then, what do you want to achieve in the future?

I really want to have my own workspace for the Fika Julia brand and can apply Fika Julia’s motives to a wider interior medium.

The motifs designed by Fika are inspired by vegetables, such as spinach, pepes, and so on. Source: SUN

 

One of Fika Julia’s designs was applied to the interior of the sofa. Source: SUN

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