Indonesian born and now residing in bustling Melbourne, 22 year old MONICA SUTRISNA is a designer with an artist’s mindset.
Having studied Communication Design at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Monica established her brand Mon.Mon after a life-changing trip to Tokyo. With her mix of monochromatic portraits and intense colour palettes tossed with a side of crazy pattern design, Mon.Mon by Monica Sutrisna is a rising brand known for merging the worlds of art and fashion.
Is there a particular moment in your life when you decided you wanted to pursue design as a career?
It was a natural progression - I drew anime as a kid, turned them into digital drawings using design software (Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator). Eventually it was my 2010 Tokyo trip that drew my attention to the importance of good fashion and design. Post-Tokyo, I took further interest in graphics design.
Your art draws references from Korean popular culture. Could you tell us the reason behind this inspiration?
My 2010 Tokyo trip sparked my desire for fashion. It was around about this time I started getting into the kpop scene - I especially took notice of what they wore and how they wore their clothes. Every recess and lunchtimes in high school I remember obsessing over Korean music, superstars and food with my friends – not gonna lie but they were also a great influence
towards my love of K-Pop groups like Big Bang and 2NE1. Their elaborative music videos with people wearing crazy clothes and making unusual dance moves is what makes it so captivating and memorable. It was like “did you remember what he was wearing?” “Remember that part where he had that weird hairstyle?”…and these kind of conversations would go on for days with my high school gang which eventually would continue on social media. Big Bang and 2NE1 dare to be different with their fashion and music yet are able to stay true to their image, which is why I create fan art as a way to show my appreciation for them. Also as a bonus, their faces also make good subjects for my style of work!
What materials do you enjoy working with the most?
Pencils and pens. I don’t like being too loose with illustrations; I prefer being precise and detailed, especially with design. I find that it’s ideal to make sketches when trying to fully communicate ideas and concepts.
Read the rest of the interview in our ISSUE IV here