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Wow. First and foremost, I am legit embarrassed for the fact that I last wrote a blog post was November 2017. By that time, Fiber Motel hasn’t even turned a year yet. Now it’s June 2019 and oh my, how fast time flies.

I had a plan when I started the website for Fiber Motel – that I would blog regularly, even when I had no important updates. As a small business owner, I think it’s important to share both your successes and struggles in hopes that it would help others. 

Most of you don’t know me, heck I don’t even know if anyone is even reading this blog. The previous blog posts have been read around 150-200ish times. So I guess that’s me reading it 120 times and the rest are actually real people! Yay. So let’s see what has happened in the past (almost) 2 years. 

When I first started Fiber Motel it was on a whim, I had just quit my job out of stress and anxiety. I was still living with my parents at the time, and I was redecorating. Long story short, Fiber Motel picked up some traction, which brought me to another accomplishment in my life –  I became an actual business owner (dad was very proud indeed, after all this is the Chinese way). 

After a year, I hired someone to help me. But then I realized I had too much free time, which made me long to have a 9 to 5 routine again. The stars aligned, and I met someone who’s company was hiring for a Head of Digital – my background is in International Marketing and I chose Digital Marketing as my specialty. I wasn’t quite certain if I wanted to go back to having a day job, but then I thought why not.

And so here we are a year later, I’m still at the branding company. I even got promoted to Associate Creative Director. Suffice to say my day job went well. But it did come with a cost – I was back to being stressed out and overworked and burnt out most of the time. I neglected Fiber Motel and when I realized what was happening, I knew I had to make a choice. I couldn’t be physically present for both, and my heart belongs to the Motel so I tried to resign, which failed horribly as my bosses rejected my resignation and instead lured me with flexibility and a promotion. I made it work. And now here we are.

But enough about me, what about Fiber Motel itself?

Well, after I realized I just had to eliminate my social life in order to keep both jobs –  things turned out wonderfully. I became a secluded homebody who slept for 4 hours and worked for 20 each day. It was inspiring and exhausting, but also NOT recommended.

During those dark sleep-deprived days, I did create a few awesome works that I am very proud of. We had the chance to work with Starbucks. Not one, but TWO customized artworks. One in Jakarta and another in Bali. We also scored a project working with the Park Hyatt hotel, creating multiple customized macrames for their Penthouse Suites. So yes, turning into a workaholic zombie was worth it. 

Here’s to more blog posts and updates, and of course more projects.

Macrame, Motel News
This month we’re having another Macrame Workshop at Indoestri Makerspace. This will be our 3rd wall hanging workshop that we’ve conducted this year!

Every now and then we lose touch with the real world and get so consumed with technology. Macramé is an activity that is raw and real. It’s relaxing and meditative, and the best part is you only need your hands and some rope.

Date : Saturday, 18th Nov 2017
Time : 10.00-16.00
Location : Indoestri Makerspace,Jl. Lkr. Luar Bar. No.36, RT.7/RW.6, Duri Kosambi, Cengkareng, Kota Jakarta Barat, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta 11750
Fee : IDR 850.000

*All materials and lunch is included in the package.*
You will learn all the basics of macramé and make your very own wall hanging. The pattern is provided, but you can definitely create your own and get as creative as you like!

This is one of our best selling wall tapestry and also the pattern you will be learning!

Our workshops are super fun and there’s no pressure at all. You will be amongst others who are also starting macramé, so we’ll all be learning together!

Go to to sign up.

If you can’t make it, don’t worry we also have private workshops. Go to our workshops page!

Macrame, Motel News
It’s been a while since I posted a blog post, which is unfortunate – since truth be told I quite enjoy writing. But all the macramé making has kept me quite busy. As the cliché quote goes, it is both a blessing and a curse…. to be able to do everything by yourself. 

Anyways, this post is going to be about what Fiber Motel’s identity. First, let’s talk about where the name comes from. But then again, there’s not really much to talk about. It has no deeper meaning nor deeper substance. It is just because I wanted the brand name to have something that relates to macramé but I didn’t want to actually use the word macramé. I went to business school, and as every business person knows – there’s always a plan to expand, even if you don’t know what you’re doing yet. So that’s why I opted to go with the word Fiber. At the time, I didn’t know exactly where it was going, but I knew that I wanted it to be something more than just macramé. As for the ‘motel’ part – well, I just really like that word. See? Simple.

It’s been 9 months since Fiber Motel officially launched, and through those 9 months, I’ve learned a lot. I have tested and tried paths on where Fiber Motel could go. And now I think, we’re there – for the most part. 

Fiber Motel’s products are designed for those who believe in aesthetic consciousness. When I first heard the term a couple years back, the first thought that came to my mind was “that sounds so f*cking pretentious”. And now, I actually still think that but the difference is, I might have fallen into that category myself – whether deliberate or not. Anyways, what is aesthetic consciousness? I’m going to explain it to you in a way where I don’t sound more like a pretentious pompous. Basically aesthetic consciousness is being aware of what something looks like rather than just being aware of it’s function. It’s being aware that something was designed to actually look like that. For example, when you look at an expensive chair, most people see that it’s just something to sit on. But for those who are aesthetically conscious, they will see that it’s made really well, or designed really well. So that’s that.

Moving on, that’s what we want to do. We want to make people see, that our products – as functional as they may be, there’s also a lot of thought and effort and energy that goes in the process of making that certain product. And here’s something that I copy-pasted from our about page.

Being so connected to technology, it is easy to forget the real world around us. We want to encourage our consumers to get back to the basics, and appreciate the real things that surround us. We believe that macramé is one of those things. 

For us, the art is meditative and refreshing. It’s raw and natural. All of our products are made with a lot of love and made mindfully. With that in mind, we also want to share the process of macramé with others through our workshops and courses.

Macrame, Motel News, Urban Greens
We all know the famous saying from our favorite HBO show ‘Winter Is Coming’. Well as much as we love Game of Thrones and Winter (which is non-existent in our beloved Indonesia), we won’t be doing a winter collection anytime soon. To celebrate our favorite HBO Show releasing it’s 7th season in July, we’ve decided to do a SUMMER IS COMING collection around the same time!

Anyways, our summer collection is our most fun one yet! Vibrant and colorful, we can’t stop looking at it especially with the touch of color we added to our pieces. Yes, that’s right we’re FINALLY doing color. It was bound to happen. What are the colors you ask? Of course we had to start with our brand colors – blue, green and yellow – with added hues and variations.

Our signature piece from this collection has to be our ZANIRA skirt hangers (see featured image) which comes with white ceramic pots. As you know, we value efficiency here at the motel, and to make it more efficient for you we’ve decided to include white ceramic pots to go with the ZANIRA Skirt Hangers, so you don’t have to think about which of your planter you want to hang there. You can simply take our white ceramic pot to your local nursery and have them place your greeneries in there, or you could do it yourself (we prefer the latter btw). 

The ZANIRA skirt hangers are obviously handmade… but fun fact – they’re also hand-dyed. As much as we love to go all natural, we went with synthetic dye for this pieces. They come in 3 colors – tyrell green, stark blue and martell yellow (for those of you GoT fans, see what we did there?).

More updates to come. Stay tuned.