Ubah Rumah Residency Artist

Lusiana Limono

Jakarta, Indonesia
Residency Period:
31 Aug
5 Oct

Lusiana Limono is an artist and textile crafter who has a high interest in environmental issues and handmade tradition in the form of craft. She aims to use craft as a language of expression in works and knowledge production processes. Being an MA graduates from IKJ Postgraduates, she is interested in the role the cloth and domestic objects that play in creating opportunities for a deeper connection between people and their sense of (place, wellbeing, identity, root). She looks to the tradition of both textile crafting and the wearable goods to create (assemblage, installation, and objects) exploring intersections of labor, mindfulness, and culture.

She is currently a creative director at KAIT Handmade studio, an explorative textile studio. She is the co-founder of MaPaQuilts and Kriya Kontemporer Indonesia. MaPaQuilts is a Malang-based community which gathers women quilters. While Kriya Kontemporer Indonesia is a craft forum for craft scholars, practitioners, and professionals. Lusiana is closely affiliated with peretas.id and Sekolah Pemikiran Perempuan. Both are independent initiative for women art worker in Indonesia and beyond.

Some of the award highlights in recent years are Good Design Indonesia-Best (2017), Good Design Award in Japan (2018), ASEAN Foundation Weaving Tales Award (2021), and a dance film Kait (2022) was nominated for IMAJITARI 2023 official selection. Her recent solo exhibition Berbicara Melalui Kain (2023) was presented by Goethe-Institut Indonesien at Goethehaus Foyer Jakarta.

Outcomes in residency

Project Title: Crafting Home

The climate crisis has emerged as a global concern, demanding immediate actions from all parties. Among the leading culprits behind the temperature surge lies in industrialisation, coupled with the intricate web of capitalism. These patterns have fostered a culture of excessive consumption and irresponsible production, with the textile industry serving as a prime example. Alas, its remnants have transformed into one of the most formidable pollutants we face today. Textile craft as old practices of making garments holds profound significance in our lives. Women workers have long played a pivotal role in textile and garment factories, while home-based artisan have traditionally dominated the craft of textile production. By scrutinising domestic textile craft, I have embarked on a journey to challenge conventional thinking surrounding the climate crisis.

Contrasting the rampant consumerism and fleeting trends of fast fashion, I advocate for a return to slow-made, handcrafted creations that are intuitive, therapeutic, and more attuned to our shared humanity. In doing so, we unveil our remarkable capacity to assert our clothing, food, and shelter sovereignty, I draw inspiration from the natural accumulation of the colonial record, with a particular focus on spices. These aromatic treasures, which were once the archipelago's primary renewable commodities have deep-rooted connections to women's activities within the home and kitchen. It is within this convergence of material, women, and the domestic space that the genesis of my works takes form.

This project will explore materials found around the area (site-specific materials) such as fiber, packaging waste, etc. The execution will use simple tools and domestic textile technique to create works about “home”. Home as domestic space is a site of struggle for knowledge production that leads to the formation of culture. Home is not just a house, but a living space. It’s not just a space but also feeling. The objective is to raise awareness of The Earth as a home that is threatened by the climate crisis related to our production and consumption patterns. Using old practices and novel approaches to materials, shaping new ideas with an eye to the future.

Proposed Workshop

Home crafts and home cooking are deeply attached to knowledge from a women's lived experiences, such as fishing nets for Orang Laut, spices for cook seasoning, health drinks and colouring. The physical and daily function inherent in craft make them seem shallow and banal, often undervalued as cultural products and knowledge. We need to dismantle existing perspectives towards the medium, decolonizing knowledge embedded in women and domestic craft. This encompasses the practices of rural communities steeped in tradition, urban dwellers, and contemporary craft activists alike. It needs to be revealed, in its relation to the past, present, and future cultural distributions.

- Convey past knowledge and relevance to current and future times: Weekly spice camphor workshops for guests and staffs

- Inviting urban communities on Bintan to jointly reflect on responsible consumption of cultural products, arts, and knowledge: crochet workshops using local materials for domestic needs such as coaster and table mat for local communities

Selected Works To Date

Berbicara Melalui Kain sebuah manifesto (Speaks Through Cloths, a manifesto) by Lusiana Limono