At last…

…a calendar!


Always have I wanted to make my own calendar with my drawings on it and without the help of a friend of mine, Chandra Sembiring, I would not be able to make it at all! So I thank him for all his patience, time and energy (all those overnight hours working on theย calendar, all those understandings and attention on what I want and need – thank you for being a helping hand, being all ears, and the amazing support whenever I gave up).

This wall calendar had already been ordered by many and along with my grateful feelings to those who made their purchases, I would also like to thank Mbak Sophie – Andara from “Dekat Rumah” for the bindings, my amazing Mother and Brother for the never-ending support and the knowledge I need, and of course, I am thanking myself for the will to carry on. ๐Ÿ™‚

…and now I am thinking on what to make next… ๐Ÿ™‚


End of Something – Beginning of Other Thing

As the dates drew closer to the end of year, I finally got back to the drawings and bookmarks.



I was happy for the orders I received, and even much happier as some of them expressed how they always like the drawings since years ago. This, I should admit, sent me a great feeling (and support!) and encouraged me to try a little bit more. ๐Ÿ™‚




So I thank everyone who supported me back into all these colors, and of course, also those who had made their purchases. ๐Ÿ™‚

At least I now can type down the name I have always wanted

dorothea : diba

๐Ÿ™‚ Have a great and beautiful year, everyone. May we all be blessed, always! ๐Ÿ™‚


A handmade journal…

โ€ฆfor my Mom. The end of November was her 56th birthday and I was confused of what to send her. I then remembered what I had as her birthday present several years ago. I bought a sketchbook, drew some pages and rewrite the greetings (and stories) I collected from her dear friends and some family members. I was actually longing to give her a โ€œrealโ€ handmade book but I didnโ€™t know the materials and technique at the mean time. So I guessed, why not do it for this year? With the help of my boyfriend, I started to get the materials suited to my concept and here are several photos on the making:




The 1st bookmark series have been displayed…

…at the Ministry of Coffee—a nice cafe-library I’ve been visiting since years ago and now I can’t wait to see how the second series would look like. After putting the 1st ones in a used can and sent them to the cafe, I soon started to choose which images I would use for the next series. Here are some photos of them;

dorothea diba bookmarks

dorothea diba bookmarks

…while these are for the second series, ready to be printed. ๐Ÿ™‚

dorothea diba bookmarks

Bookmarks to be given away…

…for free! ๐Ÿ™‚

I Choose to Listen


I Choose to Produce


I Choose to Love


These bookmarks are meanwhile in printing process for an event called “Lapak Gratis”, held on November 2nd at the Gadjah Mada University area, Yogyakarta, Indonesia. This event is initiated by some creative young people, inviting everyone to come and share things away. I am so happy to be able to participate for I have been willing so much to share words and drawings, hoping they can inspire others. Thus these bookmarks are also available as A3 paper size templates if anyone wishes to print on their own. You are welcome to drop me an email at . And for helping me to have my illustrations printed as (my first) bookmarks, I especially thank Gregorius Probo Widiatmono for his passion and patience in lay-out editing and printing.




I Choose to Share


I Choose to Feel Good