Thursday, February 28

Of Fabrics and Weirdness

Of Fabric and Weirdness

Of Fabric and Weirdness

Of Fabric and Weirdness

Of Fabric and Weirdness

Thursday last week, I went to the fabric shop near my office to buy several yards. I had planned to buy more but the minute I told the staff who assisted me that I wanted to learn how to sew my own dress, he nonchalantly started talking about embalming. Oh my. While he was blabbing on how embalming and sewing were the same thing, I was busy calming myself to thinking that it would be over soon and should rise above the situation - though, I was close to tears and getting angry - if I wanted to start sewing my dress that night. I couldn't just leave without the fabrics! The weirdest, if not the creepiest, thing about this is that his face remained emotionless all through out. It was downright awkward and inappropriate.

And I thought, maybe he should start creating things to veer him away from boredom, and consequently, weird-scary ideas. Just my two cents.

Thursday, February 21

Paper Pan: Washi + Papercutting Workshop

Let's cut class!

Join our Paper Pan: Papercutting Workshop on March 16, Saturday, 2-5PM, at the art gallery above the best cookie place in town, Sweet Ecstasy, Cubao X. If you know where Bellinis & Allan's Grill are at Cubao X, you wouldn't get lost :) We'll be making several works and you'll get to have your favorite piece framed.

Paper Pan Workshop

New Things: Paper Cut

Papercutting Workshop
More papercut artworks here :)

Fee: 1500, inclusive of 1 framed work, craft knife, cutting mat, different types of paper, 1 roll of Hey Kessy Washi Tape, practice sheets, and other materials you need for papercutting.

To REGISTER, go here :)

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PS Don't know how to go to Cubao X? Here's a map!
PPS The framed artwork will be given 10 days after the workshop.

Wednesday, February 20

Paper x Craft Knife

These are some of the name tags I made for the Washi Jewelry Workshop last week. I hope they inspired and made the participants happy :)

Papercut, February

Papercut, February

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Well, I think that holding hands with a crafter is pretty amazing because her hands know how to dream, make beautiful things, fail and try making again.

Papercut, February

Paper x Craft Knife

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Papercut, February

Papercut, February

Papercut, February

Happy happy birthday to my brother, Moy! After giving him the papercut card, I told him that the leafy letters were delicate. Judging from his laugh, mocking eyes, and the way he was holding the card, I figured it would be better to have the card framed before its leaves get beaten up. So, I took it back and would just it back next week :)

Tuesday, February 19

Hand-carved Rubber Stamps

1. Paulynn

For Paulynn

For Paulynn

2. Ana

For Ana

For Ana

This month, I will try to work with as many erasers as possible and take note of their good and bad qualities.

Wednesday, February 13

Some Things, February

1. April was here last week! Alessa, Airees, and I met up with her at Stella - that restaurant which serves the best, un-boring salad ever! I can't remember the name but it has bacon, sun-dried tomatoes, and greens. I'm glad Alessa is vegetarian because I get to eat her share of bacon!! Hehehe! ;)

Some things, February

2. I believe every woman one should read this book by Katrina Stuart Santiago. The world needs this kind of literature.

Some things, February

Some things, February

3.  Every day, I use this Join the Handmade Movement tote bag by Hey Kessy. It reminds me of how the crafting community continues to thrive in the country. More and more people are creating and making at their homes, offices (oops! guilty) - during breaks, or wherever they are, and even if you haven't met them yet, you're able to connect to them through the language of Handmade.

Some things, February

Some things, February

4. These are my washied crafting glasses!

Some things, February

Some things, February

Apparently, my right eye takes longer time than normal to focus while the left one still has astigmatism. I wore glasses for a couple of weeks back in highschool but when they got lost, I didn't bother buying a new pair. I knew it was time to have my eyes checked again when I'd often spill rice, salad, and even water on my lap while eating (or was I just too clumsy?). At first, I thought it was just a matter of hand-and-eye coordination but I was shocked when one time, I was in a carving trance and the tip of my X-acto and the details of the piece I was working on suddenly got blurry! I had to look away and blink a few times to have a clear vision again.

With the help of these glasses, those intricate details in my rubbercuts, papercuts, pottery, and other works might get even smaller. Let's see :)

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PS Here are the name tags I made for the participants of the Washi Jewelry Workshop on Saturday.

Friday, February 8

Skateboarding x Crafts

So, what would a crafter do with a skateboard? Turn it into a Hey Kessy mini cruiser, of course!

Washi x Skates

Washi x Skates

Lately, I've been thinking about how indoorsperson I've become - total opposite of my college lifestyle. I don't go out the house unless I have work, meetings, and sometimes, meet-ups with friends. It also doesn't help that our house is really far from the gate of the village, and that the gate is really far from the main road. So, unless you have an available car 24/7, you just stay at home and wait. And how can I forget that I haven't renewed my driver's license since...actually, I don't remember anymore for how long. So, yes, I need to wait for a car and a driver. Or a friend to pick me up.


Hopefully, these boards, given by Alessa, would change that.

Washi x Skates

Washi x Skates

Washi x Skates

Washi x Skates

Washi x Skates

Washi x Skates

My initial plan was to use just two designs: floral (as always) and plain. But the new washi designs are just too damn pretty!

Washi x Skates

Washi x Skates

Washi x Skates

Washi x Skates

My brother who is into longboarding kept on teasing me that I was such a poser because I was too giddy and that the wheels were too clean. I'd tell him there's a bigger difference between a poser and a beginner, and that this is something that I'd want to get better at :)

Washi x Skates

Sunday, February 3

Hey Kessy Washi Jewelry Workshop on February 16!

Do you have washi tapes but don't know what to do with them? Join us on February 16 for another Hey Kessy Washi Jewelry Workshop!

Hey Kessy Washi Jewelry Workshop

Fee: P1,000
Kit: 2 rolls of Hey Kessy Washi Tape, pendant base, twines, charms, sealant, necklace chain, string/yarn, and a storage box for washi tapes that you can also decorate at the workshop!
Venue: Made with Love Crafts Bazaar, Pavilion 1 & 2, LRI Design Plaza

To register go here.

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PS You can read about the past Washi Jewelry Workshop here, here, and here.

Saturday, February 2

Inquirer Feature: Washi Machine

Thanks to Inquirer for featuring us, our workshops, and other washi crafters in their February 2 issue :) This really means a lot for us in the arts and crafts community. We hope that more would be encouraged to make and join us in the Handmade Movement.





PS Thanks Pam Pastor and Tatin Yang! :)

Friday, February 1

Elle Decor Philippines, February Issue

Elle Decor

Elle Decor

Elle Decor

Elle Decor

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The other night, Arlene (of Resurrection Furniture and Found Objects Gallery) texted me that the February issue of Elle Decor Philippines has been released! I was so excited to see my stoneware plates and hand-carved rubber stamps featured in one of the sections. This wouldn't be possible if it weren't for 10a Alabama - a place, a home, and an avenue for crafters and makers to share, inspire, and get inspired :)

Thanks so much to Elle Decor Philippines, Devi, and Arlene for this opportunity!

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PS Join us on February 15 for another Rubbercut Crafternoon! Details here :)
PPS Another Hey Kessy Washi Workshop on February 16. Details here :)
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