The Jakarta Post | Mon, 06/06/2011 8:00 AM

The bands One Dollar for Music and Nostress, in collaboration with the Seeds of Hope Foundation, performed on Saturday using bottles and used equipment at the Danes Art Veranda in Denpasar.

The unplugged performance by the bands, made up of orphans, marked the opening of Wonderground, an exhibition of lifestyle products and art produced using alternative materials. The products are from the brand Nafka.

This event, intended to offer wonder on the ground, involved 18 designers, architects and artists who will be exhibiting their work until Friday.

Contemporary photographer D.P. Arsa showcased his art made of used plastic, plates and vinyl that was reprinted to resemble an assemblage of photos.

Interior designer Aty Budiman created Umacab, a unique and elegantly designed magazine cabinet made of used magazines with thick paper replacing the usual wood.

Indah Esjepe, a graphic designer from Jakarta, came up with a handkerchief creation made of cotton with a special design. “It’s simple, functional and not disposable,” she said.

And, the exhibit does not only feature the work of well-known designers. Putu Restiti, a disabled girl from Kintamani, was given the opportunity to showcase her handmade creations here.

The 19-year-old made a Balinese kebaya for a Barbie doll out of fabrics with elegant designs. She arrived at the exhibition with her parents and five sisters.

Nafka creator Arif Budiman said, “We are making a creative laboratory to develop responsible designs under the brand Nafka.”

“This laboratory connects craftsman with designers to create a social, economic and environmentally friendly life and lifestyle,” he said.

The first Nafka exhibition was opened by Canadian designer David B. Berman, the author of Do Good Design.

“This is obviously something creative. Indonesia designers do not need to pretend like Milan or New York because the world has to know better products from Indonesia,” David said.

— JP/Luh De Suriyani