Monday, April 29

Playing with Brass

Brass

Brass is one of my favorite materials to work with. Ever since my mom introduced me to brass jewelry making, I've been trying to explore more ways and techniques on how to make the pieces even more unique.

For this piece, I used a pen-type engraver. I was able to integrate my forest drawings with it. At the 10a Alabama Fair, I let the buyers borrow my engraver and personalize the brass rings they bought from me.

Brass

Mountain Routine

I like it that the rings have that matte finish and maintain it. The ones I wear every day - even when I wash my hands - don't turn into black even if I don't clean them with a solution. My mom also suggested to try gold plating with them:

Brass

Once I'm done cleaning my room and organizing the area for jewelry making, I will experiment more and come up with other shapes and who knows, maybe other colors too :)

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PS There's a Mochiko x Hey Kessy Washi Workshop on May 5. Everyone gets free mochi from Mochiko! To register, go here :)

PPS If you are interested in joining a Washi + Papercutting Workshop at the end of the month, send an email to contact@heykessy.com.

Wednesday, April 24

Workshop at the Balik Bukid Country Fair on April 28

There will be another Balik Bukid Country Fair on Sunday, April 28. Hey Kessy products - washi tapes, baker's twines, and paper straws - will be available at the fair, just look for My Marquee's booth. They will also carry handmade items by other Filipino crafters and makers like I Try DIY, Bahia Accessories, and Bite-Size Accessories.

Also, I am going to sell other craft kits and hold a mini workshop from 10am to 12nn. For more details or to register, go here :)

Workshop on April 28

Workshop on April 28

Workshop on April 28
Photo by Mikko

Workshop on April 28

Workshop on April 28

Saturday, April 20

In the Mountains

I've been staying long enough in the mountains to say that I follow a daily routine but don't really mind because these are the things that I want to do. Equally important is the fact that I can always change the sequence or opt to not do something to spend more time on something else on a particular day. I thank the Universe for this freedom.

7AM I wake up but because of the mountain weather, I go back to sleep most of my mornings. When I don't, I go out and look at the trees, hanging coffins, and hills surrounding the house.

Mountain Freedom

Mountain Routine

Mountain Routine

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830AM I get up and make something. Sometimes I make brass jewelry or paint using watercolor. Other times, I will take photos of my immediate environment or of the things I've made the day before.

Mountain Routine

Moutain Routine

Mountain Routine

Mountain Routine

900AM Take a bath...or not. When it gets really cold, I just wash up.

Mountain Routine

Mountain Routine

930AM I eat breakfast at home, Bana's (my favorite restaurant in town) or Lemon Pie House (where they serve the yummiest cheese and mushroom omelette I've ever tried).

Mountain Routine

Mountain Routine

10 AM Shortly after my meal, I go to the market to buy vegetables and fruits we'll have for lunch.

Mountain Routine

Mountain Routine

1010AM Start my trek up to the pottery studio.

Mountain Routine

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1040 I arrive at the studio and rest.

Mountain Routine

Mountain Routine

Mountain Routine

10:50 I start throwing.

Mountain Routine

Mountain Routine

Mountain Routine

130PM We have lunch and coffee.

Mountain Routine

Mountain Routine

Mountain Routine

Mountain Routine

Mountain Routine

215PM Resume throwing

Mountain Routine

Mountain Routine

Mountain Routine

6PM Clean the wheel and coffee time

Mountain Routine

620PM Start trek down

Mountain Routine

Mountain Routine

635PM Reach town proper and walk around

Mountain Routine

645PM Dinner

Mountain Routine

Mountain Routine

7PM Head back home. When I can't control my thoughts and get really scared, I go home way earlier, when it isn't still dark.

Mountain Routine

Mountain Routine

730PM I make something

Mountain Routine


Mountain Routine

1130 I read a little, go online, and then sleep

Mountain Routine

Now, I'm wondering if I could still take the city's heat and speed.

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PS For more photos, go to my visual diary.
PPS We have workshops at the end of the month. For details or to register, go here :)
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