Today we are back in Jakarta spotlighting creatives who are making their mark on this dynamic city and beyond!
From fashion designer, furniture, handy-crafts, and art seller and now fashion brand developer and curator of art from emerging Indonesian artists – we headed to PIM 1 to get to know a little bit more about Maggie Hutauruk-Eddy, founder of 2Madison Gallery and 2Madisonavenue
Kenalkan : Maggie
Your full name please: Margaretha Hutauruk-Eddy
What do you like to be called? Maggie
Please tell us a little about your background – Where did you grow up?
I was born in Jakarta to a family of Batak descent. Both of my fraternal and maternal grandparents worked in the education field, so my family was conservative and old-school. However, when I was 2 years old, my dad received (another) Scholarship, this time from NYU Graduate School. So my parents, my sister and I lived in New York for about 3 years. My mother said life in New York was pretty challenging for us (economically), but I didn’t remember much of it. All I see from the old family photo albums were just pictures of me and my sister smiling or laughing in the NY City parks. After NY City, we moved back to the vibrant Jakarta City. I think the vibe of the two cities were not too dissimilar, except one belongs to a very rich and powerful country.
I attended Catholic school up to Junior High School. My childhood was filled with many activities: Drum band, vocal group, choir practice, piano lessons and math tutoring sessions. They were all pretty much the “standard” activities for girls my age back then, except, I was also taking painting classes in Taman Ismail Marzuki (this was uncommon back then), and a pattern making class. Even though I was the only ‘kid’ in my pattern making class, I liked every minute of it 😀
After I graduated from high school, I lived in the US for about 9 years. I got a degree in Fashion Design, then I worked in the Fashion industry in New York City. I really loved being there, and I thought I was going to be living there permanently. Life was perfect (I thought). Then I met my future husband in Jakarta on of one of my vacations, and the big plan changed
What did you want to be when you were a child?
Initially I wanted to be a Painter or Architect, then later on I decided to be a Fashion Designer instead.
I got into the art scene … when I was 8 years old. I was taking Art Classes from painters in Taman Izmail Marzuki, which was a very special experience for me. I loved their messy studio. I adored their messy hair and their charisma. I was impressed by my mentor’s art works. Too bad I didn’t have an iPhone back then 😀
Lucky for me, my granddad was into the art scene as well. My granddad used to take me and my cousins to Erasmuis Huis or Goethe Institute to see various classical concerts or exhibitions. That was very memorable.
Fast track to now! Can you tell us about your 2maggieson Instagram persona? Very cool Maggie!
First of all, Thank you!
2Maggieson is basically an alternative account where I can post a bit about myself, my family, and of course, about my inspiration, passion, thoughts, and whatever crosses my mind 🙂
I am also hoping that through this personal account, I can “meet” and be friended with other maker/design-art-culture enthusiasts from anywhere and exchange advice and tips. (Head to Maggie’s 2maggieson Instagram to check out her persona!)
Can you tell us about the 2Madison Artisanal Space concept in Kemang?
Initially 2madison started off as an alternative platform for local makers of furniture, handy-crafts, and art. Some products were produced by 2madison, but some would be works of other brands/designers/ artists.
Today I am more focused on developing my fashion brand and curating art works from young artists. I still do furniture and interior works, but a lot less now.
When I started 2madison, I felt that there were not many art community events around. There were some, but it was either very upscale, or closed for specific communities.
So I decided to learn how to conduct creative workshops as well as hosting humble art exhibitions, where I can share my platform with other artists and designers.
This is not an easy thing to do. It is also very costly.
I know I still have many things to learn, but I love every minute of it.
What are you working on right now at 2Madison Gallery & Artspace?
There are three exciting events that I am working on right now:
First, on Thursday, Feb 7th 2019 I’ll be showcasing my fashion line at New York Fashion Week. It’s a group show, under the name of Indonesian Diversity, in which 4 Indonesian Designers/Brands (including me) will be presenting the Fall/Winter 2019 collection to the global fashion industry.
Following NYFW, on Monday, Feb 11th 2019, my collection, which I named “Seventh Earth” will be shown at the Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia, in New York.
I am hoping that through these 2 events, the brand will get recognition in America, especially those in New York. I also hope that through the NYFW platform I can show ‘my take’ on how to use hand-made traditional fabric made as part of ready-to-wear fashion, and create global interest of ULOS, the fabric of my heritage.
Fabric I feature in the “Seventh Earth” collection
Ulos (traditional hand-woven fabric from North Sumatra), Tenun Makassar (traditional fabric from Sulawesi) as well as Tenun Makassar, Tenun Baduy, Printed Neoprene, Japanese Cotton, beaded lace, tulle, organza and wool-crepe.
On Friday, Feb 15th at 6.30pm at 2madison Gallery Jl. Bangka Raya 20, Kemang. I will present “Seventh Earth Art and Fashion Exploration”. It is a group exploration where we will use Canvas, Fashion, and Recycled material as a medium.
For this event, I am supported by 7 local artist and 2 local brands that I adore:
This exhibition will start on Friday February 15th until March 3rd 2019, and it’s open to the public. I am hoping that through this activity, I can create opportunity for local artists/designers to showcase their work to the general public, to network, and most of all to inspire each other.
Maggie’s Jakarta & Indonesia:
3 words to describe your Jakarta?
Vibrant, Dynamic, Diverse
What’s your favourite Indonesian book? Masih Ada Kereta yang Akan Lewat (Mira.W)
What’s your favourite Indonesian Movie? / Band ? / Singer ? Indra Lesmana and now Joey Alexandre
Who is your favourite Indonesian artist? / creative? I Nyoman Masriadi
Where’s your favourite place to eat in Jakarta? 2madison Cafe
What’s Jakarta’s best kept secret? The walls of street art and murals. Though disorganised at the moment, it has such potential
Tea, Coffee or Juice? And where? I like really strong coffee. If I am not in a hurry, I’d be getting my coffee from 2madison Cafe or GONI, in Kemang Timur
Favourite Apps? GoFood 😀 and PicsArt
Where do you go to relax in Jakarta? Relax Living, a family massage centre in Pondok Indah.
Finish these sentences:
Every visitor to Jakarta should eat Rendang from Pagi Sore, Padang Restaurant
Every visitor to Jakarta should visit Cafe Batavia
What’s your favourite place to visit in Indonesia?
Seminyak & Canggu, Bali
Or place you would like to visit?
Bunaken, an island off North Sulawesi
And finally …
What gives you energy?
Double Espresso in the morning
Who do you find inspiring and why?
I have always been obsessed with Gustav Klimt, from his work and life story. Lots of my campus projects were inspired by him. Many of my college composition, pattern and texture combining, are inspired by his work.
What’s one thing about you that would surprise people?
I am actually shy. 🙂
What annoys you?
What delights you?
When I know that my “creative experiment” is working
Those few moments just before I leave for a long vacation
How our readers can follow you and your work on social media?
Instagram: 2maggieson (Maggie’s Personal Account)
Instagram: 2madison gallery
Instagram: 2madison cafe
Web: 2madison – Home, fashion, art, art classes and events
Web: 2madisonavenue– Maggie’s fashion line
Where can they visit you?
2Madison Gallery & Art Space
Gedung Promenade 20
Jl. Bangka Raya No. 20 Unit A-B
2Madison Avenue Indonesia
1st Floor, Unit 101B
Jl. Metro Pondok Indah
2Madison Head Office/Workshop
Jl. Adyaksa Raya R12
* Kenalkan Let me introduce
Maggie Hutauruk-Eddy is one effervescent and inspiring lady isn’t she! It was wonderful spending time with Maggie this week as she shared her desire to make art accessible to all, her passion for mentoring young and emerging Indonesian artists and her excitement at being chosen to showcase her fashion line at New York Fashion Week 2019.
If you are in Jakarta this weekend, why not check out Maggie’s creative spaces in Kemang or PIM 1, or perhaps enrol in one of Maggie’s upcoming art classes. Maggie would also love to see you at her upcoming “Seventh Earth Art and Fashion Exhibition.
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Let’s stay in touch : Instagram
Words : Maggie Hutauruk-Eddy and Liz McClean
Photography : a journey bespoke and Maggie Hutauruk-Eddy