Can you tell us a little bit how you ended up working and teaching at Arva School of Fashion?
In 1998, one of my college instructor told me that Arva’s workshop have an opening so I decided to take a chance and apply for the job. Experience and the drive to learn are two of many reasons why I applied at that time. Not long after that, I even became a student in fashion illustration class. The lessons are very important to push me forward in my design skills, after that I officially became a teacher at Arva School of Fashion with the blessing of Mrs. Aryani Widagdo, the founder of the school.
Teaching is a hard job that sometimes do goes unnoticed, what have it’s been like to teach so many students throughout the years? Can you share with us the good and the bad of facing different personalities and characters?
I found my calling for teaching in the 3-4 years since I started to teach, to be able to transfer your life experience and knowledge, to see the students develop them even further that in a way is the most satisfaction I can have as a teacher. And they taught me too along the way; by always being around young spirit I can put that new wisdom into my future lessons. There are couples of funny and sometimes desperate moments too but the positive far outweighed the negative.
Can you give out an example of when it became difficult or do you have any funny or weird experience when you teach?
When you already give it your all in teaching, but students still found it difficult to follow the train of thoughts or the logic when it comes to pattern drafting, it can becomes an exhausting process. But with persistence and patience it all can be resolved. One of the funniest moments is when one of the students uses Arva as a way to get away from home and instead of learning, she left her bag at the school and went on a date with her boyfriend. That makes me smile every time I remember it.
You have been with Arva for quite a while, can you tell us a little bit what you think of Arva’s journey throughout the years?
Arva have been going through a lot of major changes, be it physical with the new building or even the curriculum that have changed drastically over the years. The spirit and fire in Mrs. Aryani Widagdo always keep us going, in a sense I believe she led and pushed us to become better in her own way so her goal, our goal can be achieved. To deliver the best education students need and want. With new management, I think we are even more prepared to face the challenges and obstacle in the fashion education so the students can compete in international market.
Are there advice or input you can give to the new Arva and what do you think makes Arva the best fashion school in Surabaya?
I think the biggest difference is that Arva’s teachers dedicate their time to get to know and care about the students personally. They give and give until the student doesn’t need to ask for more. They pushed the students to think in broader scope, following new trends and compete in competition national or international to gain experience and knowledge. And they build the family network meaning that by becoming alumni, the door is still and always open for them. To ask or learn more, or maybe even for casual meet up. I think that’s important for students to have, for them to be able to call Arva their home. If there is input I can give is maybe to push even opportunities to all different programs, because sometimes some got more shine than the rest.
One message to end the interview, for past, current, and future students?
Sometimes we feel like we know it all, but that’s just a sign that we know nothing at all. So keep on learning.