Wednesday, November 26

Singapore Last October

I love Singapore. Walking around its back streets, checking out different independent shops and concept stores, was my favorite pastime when we were there last month. There's less air pollution and litter - or none at all. It makes you feel light and relaxed. There are a lot of small business and concept stores with amazing branding. From the business cards and packaging to their display racks and shop window art, which are all well thought of by the owners themselves. It's really inspiring and I've learned a lot a shop owner.

I wouldn't complain about the food either. We'd eat anywhere because good food was everywhere! :) The Thai restaurant in Shaw Towers along Beach Road, has the best pineapple fried rice, stir fried spicy shrimps, and homemade lemongrass drink. Just infront the resto is a small bakery which sells yummy banana, cinnamon, and walnut cookies. There are also different buffet restaurants and dessert cafes which line Beach Road.

Not to mention, the people were all accommodating and always willing to help in giving directions and travel suggestions. The taxi drivers and shopkeepers we met loved telling stories and hearing about the Philippines.

We always felt welcomed and of course, had a good time. :)

Singapore

Haji Lane

Haji Lane

Haji Lane

Singapore

Singapore


Haji Lane

Singapore

Haji Lane

Singapore

And here's the best matcha latte I've ever tasted! It's a little pricey but worth it. Visit I Am Cafe along Haji Lane if you want a cup

Singapore

I managed to spend time reading the zines, one of which is in French (high time for me to brush up on my French!), I bought from Books Actually and occasionally, drawing and painting alphabets and lovely sentences.

Apartamento

Typography

Typography

Here are my favorite places in Singapore:

Mondays Off, Haji Lane
I Am Cafe, Haji Lane
Books Actually, Tiong Bahru
Crateful, Tiong Bahru
Art Friend, Bras Basah Complex
Cat Socrates, Bras Basah Complex

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PS Yes, I'm going back to SG to hold workshop in December. HERE are more workshop details.

Tuesday, November 18

Stoneware Teaspoons


When I visit different cities, one of the very first things I do is look for local tea shops. In Hong Kong, a few weeks ago, I bought a handful of tea leaves, and my favorite so far is Tea Forte's lemongrass-and-something blend. It smells and tastes divine. Plus, I like their packaging, which I think is really effective.
It's so timely that the stoneware teaspoons I made early this year and two summers ago are now ready! Fired twice, they come in light teal, and are about 4 inches long. :)

Handmade Stoneware Teaspoon

Handmade Stoneware Teaspoon

Handmade Stoneware Teaspoon

A friend and I are planning to hold pottery workshops at the studio early next year. If you want to make your own ceramic plates, cups, and jewelry, make sure you come back here because I'll be posting more details soon!

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PS Listening to this makes me more relaxed. I always go back to this whenever I need a time off. Thanks to my friend, Omps, for sharing me the link!

Thursday, November 13

Papercutting: Another Face

The face has always been my favorite subject for papercutting. When I'm done with one, I check if it belongs to someone I know personally or whom I've had a brief encounter with.

Here's my latest papercut - drawn with just one line. I started working on it when we were in Singapore, and finished it when we came back. :)

Papercutting

Papercutting

Papercutting

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PS I'll be at the 10a Alabama this weekend! Hey Kessy will also be there so if you're already planning to have an early Christmas shopping, make sure to drop by! :)

Tuesday, November 4

DIY Shibori Shawl

Ever since I got back from Singapore, I've been making shibori shawls and wrapping cloth. It's not that easy to find a white cloth that would work well with the indigo dye. I'm working on a voile-type of textile which is thin and soft. Another textile type I'm working on is Swiss cotton. The color lightens a bit when dry.
Here's a shibori shawl with a random pattern:

Shibori Shawl

Shibori Shawl

Shibori

It's fun working on different textile types and experimenting with other shibori techniques. But I'm taking a break now because the next 10a Alabama Fair is already on the 14th and 15th. I must work on the collections I'll be launching!

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PS Here's an interesting documentary on the resurgence of the Handmade Movement in Melbourne (Thanks for sharing this, Fran!). I hope someone makes something similar about local crafters and makers

Tuesday, October 7

Papercut Stencil and Tote Bag Design

Trying out different craft materials and tools always excites me, and just the other day, Paul surprised me with one! He gave me a green film and told me I could use it in papercutting. Right away, I asked him to show me how to use it. We made papercut - green film stencils.

He made his first stencil when he was still in highschool so he was as excited as I was to do the craft again. Between the two of us, he's no doubt the expert in typography and design so he did the lettering, while I took care of the cutting. It's a bit tricky cutting the green film because it was so thin.

Papercut Stencil

The film was adhered to a silkscreen using an acetone-like solution, and was used as a stencil to transfer designs on fabric and paper.

Papercut Stencil

We practised on spare corrugated boards, and liked how the design turned out. But...

Papercut Stencil

when it was my turn to do it on a tote bag, I fidgeted so some parts are a little washed! Haha. ;) I'll experiment more using different papercut designs.

Papercut Stencil

Sunday, September 28

Shibori: Indigo Dyeing

I bought different types of white fabric at Fabric Warehouse the other week, and invited my sister Frances and our nephew Mawsy to come over the studio and have a mini shibori backyard party with me!

We used a whole pack of Jacquard Shibori kit to dye linen, muslin, voile, and swiss cotton sheets. It took us just a few minutes to set up the indigo vat. We had fun experimenting with rubberbands, wood blocks, a wine bottle, and other found objects to come up with shibori patterns like itajime, arashi, and kumo

Shibori

Shibori

The weirder they looked before they were soaked in the indigo vat, the better the patterns were! :p

Shibori

Shibori

Shibori

Shibori

There are so many other shibori patterns, and you can even make your own! Next on my list are hand-sewn shibori purses I can give out to friends as Christmas gifts! :)

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PS  I'll have a Shibori Workshop at the studio on November 15. Sign up here! :) 
PPS Papercutting Workshops in Manila and Singapore!

Tuesday, September 23

Papercutting: Circles and Patterns

Over the past week, I realized how bad I was at time management. These days, most of my time is spent on shop errands, social media management, and a new project I can't wait to launch. Though these mean a lot to me, there are other things which are equally important.

You really need to make conscious effort to change your everyday cycle. So, Paul and I agreed to have art dates at 8am every day - no cellphones and computers allowed! :)

Anyhoo, circular papercuts are my current favorite! Here are some of the WIP photos:

Papercutting

Papercutting

I turned this piece into a dreamcatcher! Good thing there were white twigs lying around our  neighborhood.

Papercutting

On a similar note, here are the papercuts I used to make the Bugtong coasters I exhibited at the Type Kita typography event last March. The main purpose of this personal project is to bring back bugtong to our everyday culture - especially among kids and teenagers.  I'm looking for local cafes or restaurants who are willing to adopt them for a couple of weeks. So, if you have suggestions, just email me! :)

Papercutting

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PS Happy to have finally met you, Carina!
PPS I can't believe the Hey Kessy shop is already 4 months old! Thanks for the support, everyone :)

Hey Kessy Shop

Tuesday, September 9

Some Things, September

1. I keep all my handmade stoneware plates in a closet in our studio's kitchen. I admit, I seldom use them. Only when I have shoots, special guests, or something to celebrate that I take them out. Paul would always remind me that a plate only becomes a "real" after the meal. So last  Craft Gathering, they were put to good use! :)

Hey Kessy Craft Gathering

Hey Kessy Craft Gathering

2. Speaking of the Craft Gathering, it's a different kind of fulfillment for me whenever the studio looks like it did during the event. The quiet but hasty moments of preps are one of the things I remember and enjoy the most.

Hey Kessy Craft Gathering

Hey Kessy Craft Gathering

Yeah, I know, those monoblock chairs have to be replaced!

3. I wish I can wear these heart stockings outside and not just in my room. If only the weather would cooperate!

Heart Stockings

5. I made washi heart envelopes and craft kits for the yogis who joined the Hey Kessy Mala Bracelet+Wishing Stone Workshop at the One Life Studio last week. Seriously considering doing a washi heart bombing around the neighborhood. 

Washied Envelopes


6. Got this cute temporary tattoo from the Aislinn's Wish booth at a fair I enjoyed a couple of weeks ago.

Temporary Tattoo

7. I think I'm starting to love sweets! First, the banana walnut ice cream, and then this:

Teatox
I really like Teatox Philippines' tea packaging. I don't want to throw away the empty bags.
Macy's kahlua cupcakes are so addicting! I can't wait for Hey Kessy's Cupcake Day this coming Saturday.

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PS I'll have Papercutting and Shibori workshops in the weeks to come. To see the schedule, go HERE

Wednesday, September 3

FrenchxCrafts: Postcards

The way I see my handwriting has changed ever since I had that Casa San Miguel roadtrip with Tippy. Now, I enjoy writing more. I use a chinese soft brush and Indian ink when I practice.

Here are some of my recent projects:

Casa San Miguel Roadtrip

Mon petit chou = my sweetheart

French x Crafts


C'est mignon = it's cute

French x Crafts

I hope that these FrechxCrafts postcards will also encourage those who are interested in learning the language.

Btw, thanks to Fat Fingers for these yummy macarons!

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PS I'll have Shibori and Papercutting Workshops! For more details, go to www.heykessy.com/register. :)

Tuesday, September 2

Homemade Ice Cream

One of the highlights of my previous week was being able to make my own ice cream! Experimenting in the kitchen or cooking is not something I do every day so it's really an achievement for me.

I found a recipe online that only requires simple ingredients and kitchen tools. I was skeptical that shaking a bag of ice with salt, milk, and banana would result to ice cream, but it worked!

Homemade Ice Cream

INGREDIENTS

Mashed banana
Crushed walnuts
1 spoon of sugar
1 cup of milk
1/2 rock salt
1 small Ziploc bag
1 big Ziploc bag
1 bag of ice cubes

STEPS

1. Mix mashed banana, sugar, and milk in the small Ziploc bag. Make sure it's tightly sealed.
2. Put the ice cubes in the big Ziploc bag. Add the half cup of rock salt.
3. Put the small bag inside the big one.
4. Shake the bag for 5 to 10 minutes.
5. Add crushed walnuts.

My homemade banana walnut ice cream tasted a bit salty, and I liked it. You can rinse the small bag with water before opening it so yours won't taste salty.

Homemade Ice Cream

Homemade Ice Cream

I wish I knew how to make this before the 10a Alabama picnic last week! :)

Picnic

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PS We have new workshops and events at the Hey Kessy studio!
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