Tuesday, May 28

Some Things, May

1. Here's a boy who loves washi tapes! He even brought his own collection and joined his mom and sister at one of Hey Kessy's Washi + Papercutting workshops. This is something cool for me because it somehow proves to show that crafting and making is for everyone and shouldn't be demoted to being just about "pretty" things :)

Some Things, May

2. I made washi organizers the other day and prepared extra DIY washi organizer kits that will be F R E E for all the workshop participants this coming weekend. I hope they will be encouraged to make things themselves instead of just buying or worse, hoarding.

Some Things, May

3. I was invited to talk about Hey Kessy, crafting, and Handmade Movement at Homepage, Net 25. Although I was so nervous and the call time was at 6.30, I knew I wanted and had to do this. It's not every day I get to share to a wider audience one of the things that I love the most - making. I even forgot Hey Kessy's email when I was asked just before the segment ended. Nevertheless, it was a good experience ;)

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4. I don't have a clue where to start with the super crazy, crafty, cool CRAFT CAMP we had last week! I keep on looking at the pictures and trying to relive it - especially the times when we would craft by the beach and Monday seemed so far away.

Craft Camp

Thursday, May 23

On Language Acquisition: Pangasinan, Ilocano, French, (and Papercutting)

It took me years to remember that, though I don't speak it, I could understand Ilocano all along.

My mom is from the north and well-versed in Pangasinan and Ilocano. I spent my childhood in her hometown and just moved to Manila come highschool. Though not so vivid, I have memories of one of my older sisters singing in the said languages when we were young. At home, we spoke in Filipino - mainly because of my dad who is from Central Luzon. But in the streets, when we would play patintero, tagu-taguan, sipa, and langit-lupa, my playmates would speak in Pangasinan or Ilocano. It was a little frustrating especially if you get their jokes, but couldn't really butt in. Even my aunties and my mom's friends would speak to me in these languages. I'd try to tell them that I could perfectly get what they were saying but just didn't know how to answer in their tongues.

Mom's languages

Mom's languages

I got tired, too lazy, explaining. Whenever someone would talk to me, I'd just have a straight face, pretending I didn't have a clue. Until eventually, nobody spoke to me in Pangasinan nor Ilocano anymore. Then, I moved to Manila for highschool and forgot about the two languages.

Mom's languages

Mom's languages

In college, I was exposed to other languages: French and Italian. I would really make time to study them on my own or enroll in language schools. I even joined a study tour. But it was difficult to be fluent in a language if you don't use or hear it every day. Even if I watched French films or read French texts, there are times when I get lost. The string of words get blurry. I understand each word but collectively, they mean nothing (don't ask how is that even possible).

Mom's languages

It was only during my stay in Sagada last month when I heard Ilocano again in a long time. I was surprised I could understand what the people were saying - not word per word but by the sentence. At first, I couldn't determine what language it was. I just understood it. Later on, I'd find out from my auntie Alma that their dialect, Kankanaey, is composed of 50% Ilocano. Major light bulb moment right there.

My oral comprehension of Pangasinan and Ilocano, I can say, is at par or even better than that of French - a language I study "formally". I guess what we do, see, feel, hear, and say in childhood really has its way of catching up on us.

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This papercut artwork of the song, "Ti Ayat Ti Maysa Nga Ubing", is for you, Mommy. Belated Happy Happy Mother's Day! I won't promise that I would learn how to speak Pangasinan or Ilocano but from now on, your kwentos in Pangasinan or Ilocano will no longer fall on deaf ears :)

Mom's languages

In Transit

Going home to Manila, I had to wait for a few hours in Baguio. I wanted to go to the market to buy wild honey and plants but my 3 bags with 4 kilos of Sagada clay, craft materials, tea, clothes, bottles, etc., made it impossible for me to walk around. I had dinner at a Korean restaurant along Session Road.

I couldn't help but wonder what had happened to the Baguio we all experience when we were young. There was air and noise pollution, people were coming in crowds - it was so different. I wish the locals would be more careful and adamant in saying no to things which aren't good for their city (i.e. B I G shopping malls).

On a lighter note, there are still certain places that remind me why Baguio is worth the 6-hour bus trip of unforgiving aircon and old nonsensical action movies. If it weren't for budget concerns, I'd be there every weekend.

1. Oh My Gulay

North

North

My Guardian Dear by Tioan Medrano

North

Samaritana Tamborin by Jandy Carvajal

2. Mt. Cloud

North

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3. Choco-Late de Batirol

North

North

North

North

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PS I haven't blogged about the recent Craft Camp because seriously, I'm clueless as to where to begin. It was a really cool weekend especially with all those new craft projects we did! :)

Monday, May 13

Commissioned Wedding Ring Stoneware Plate

I made this stoneware plate especially for Melody's wedding. She has requested for a pastel-colored ring plate, which goes well with the off white color of the clay I used.

The bride and groom's initials were stamped on it before the first firing.

Wedding Plate

Wedding Plate

Wedding Plate

I can't wait to go back to the mountains to get the pots and drinking bowls I made last month.

Friday, May 10

Recent Papercuts

Without a doubt, papercutting has taken over my life! Haha. It's what I do almost all the time especially when I am so sleepy but still have to finish something. It's my new coffee - keeps me awake and trains me to be focused.

1. A line from my favorite song

Papercut

2. The first city map I ever did. Can you guess what it is? At first, it was daunting but after the first 20 minutes, I started to enjoy cutting it.

Even before I was halfway through, I could already visualize how it would look like once completed. That made me excited and work faster. This one took 4 hours and 5 X-acto blades.

Papercut

Papercut

3. This is what I used to invite friends to my birthday thing last March.

Papercut

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PS I am going to hold another Washi + Papercutting Workshop on May 26, Sunday! For more details, go here :)

Papercut

PPS Join our Mochiko x Hey Kessy Washi Jewelry Workshop on May 25, Saturday. Details here.

Saturday, May 4

Papercut Envelope and Jewelry

In hopes of getting back to giving hand-written letters to family and friends, I did this papercut envelope:

Papercut Envelope

Papercut Envelope

Then I thought of papercutting the receivers' names and even my messages. But that would take too much time and stronger dedication!

Another papercut project I've made recently is this:

Papercut Jewelry

Papercut Jewelry

I used different Hey Kessy washi tape patterns as the background.

Papercut Jewelry

It's probably the smallest piece I've ever made - perfect to be a pendant. Though, I have yet to figure out what  jewelry base is good for this kind of project. Big, flat beads would be ideal but I don't think they exist - at least locally. Maybe air-dry clay would do?

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PS We have a Mochiko x Hey Kessy Workshop on May 25. To know more about it, go her.
PPS The next Washi + Papercutting Workshop is on May 26. To register, go here.
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