Monday, March 31

My Studio: To thrive and to make

I spent my childhood in my mom's hometown in Pangasinan. Having our whole backyard - even our neighbors' - and the streets as our playground, we would spend our afternoons collecting things we could turn into toys. Yup! We were used to making our own toys instead of buying new ones.

My sister, Germee, and I would play bahay-bahayan almost all the time. It was our favorite! Sometimes, even our brothers would join as our kawals (soldiers). Haha! I don't know why we needed soldiers for our humble pastime. Anyhoo, we'd clean old furniture and appliances, and use them in our mini homes. We'd set up just about anywhere - dilapidated houses, that one vacant lot infront of our house, a neighbor's garden, empty fishpond, and under our beds! Sometimes, we'd pretend we were grownups visiting each other's bahay-bahayan to gossip about our other "kapitbahays" and "amigas" .

Having a space or home - not necessarily a whole house - had been one of dreams since I was a kid. So, for my 27th birthday, I've gifted myself with a  s p a c e.

Studio
Art in the Park

Afternoon at the Studio

Afternoon at the Studio

Afternoon at the Studio

Afternoon at the Studio

Afternoon at the Studio

Afternoon at the Studio

Afternoon at the Studio
                                                   
These days, this is where you'd usually find me. :)

Sunday, March 30

Type Kita Exhibit

The Type Kita exhibit is probably one of my favorite 2014 projects. Although calligraphy and lettering are challenging for me - I grew up not liking my penmanship and there are even times when I don't understand it myself - I knew I'd regret it if I had passed up this opportunity.

I had five exhibited works. The Ti Ayat Ti Maysa Nga Ubing papercut, How to Grow an Alphabet rubbercut set, two How to Grow an Alphabet prints, and Bugtong Bugtong papercut coaster set.

Type Kita Exhibit

Type Kita Exhibit

Type Kita Exhibit

Type Kita Exhibit

I only made 10 prints of this rubbercut set, plus this tote bag I hand-stamped on which I'll keep and will serve as a keepsake when all the prints are sold.

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In the coming months, these papercut coasters will travel to different cities, cafes, and homes to convince you to put down that phone and reacquaint you to "bugtong". This is also the reason why they're not (yet) for sale. But thanks to those who were interested in buying them. :)

Type Kita Exhibit

Alessa and I had a stamping station. We even met someone who already had a copy of our Candy DIY book!

Type Kita Exhibit

Type Kita Exhibit

Type Kita Exhibit

Hey Kessy was also there selling washi tapes and other tools and materials for crafting:

Type Kita Exhibit

These are the other artists' works:

Type Kita Exhibit
Cookie Quevedo and Femi Cachola
Type Kita Exhibit
Patrick Cabral
Type Kita Exhibit

Type Kita Exhibit
Dana de Guzman
Type Kita Exhibit
Mary Imbong
Type Kita Exhibit
Alessa Lanot
Type Kita Exhibit
Archetype
Type Kita Exhibit

Type Kita Exhibit
Alexis Ventura
Type Kita Exhibit

Type Kita Exhibit

This is sooo cute - painting on cookies! 

Type Kita Exhibit

Another thing I liked about this event is that the organizers, Maan and Roma, prepared other activities people would enjoy.

There was a film showing about typography and calligraphy:

Type Kita Exhibit

A master in jeepney signage making, mang Ronald had his own station where people could have pieces commissioned:

Type Kita Exhibit

Type Kita Exhibit

Fozzy and Patrick's live demo:

Type Kita Exhibit

Just before we left, I spotted this Garapata sticker!

Type Kita Exhibit

Type Kita Exhibit

Type Kita Exhibit

Congrats to all the other artists and of course, to the organizers. Galing! Hope there'll be more events like this.:)

Saturday, March 29

Papercut Necklace

I made myself a papercut necklace from a 220gsm sheet of paper, and wore it at the Type Kita exhibit and Manila Fame. It's waterproof and durable because I sealed it with Mod Podge.


Type Kita Exhibit

Papercut Necklace

Work Studio

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PS The next Washi + Papercutting Workshop is on May 10, 2pm-5pm. You can register HERE

Wednesday, March 26

Steady Movie Nights

Being busy is one of the things I hate the most. I want to be productive without always having to rush - which is what you'd normally end up doing when you're busy. Thank god I have this space where we can have steady nights of movies, cereals, and buttered popcorn we bought from the grocery. :)

Work Studio


Groceries

I used my handmade stoneware plates at dinner.

Dinner with Fof

Work Studio

Movie Night

Last time we rewatched 300. Tonight, we'll have a comedy. I'm looking for more good movies, old and new. Do you have recommendations? :)

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PS A new craft workshop is happening in April!
PPS We'll be at High5Life's Fair and Fun Ride on Sunday. Visit us!

Tuesday, March 25

Handmade Gift Tags and Labels

Two of the craft projects I've made for the Candy DIY book, are these clay tags. I used air dry clay, which you can conveniently buy from Hey Kessy.

Candy DIY Book

Air Dry Clay

Air Dry Clay

Air Dry Clay

A pack already contains 500 grams of clay so I'm sure you'd definitely be able to make a lot of cool projects like personalized gift tags, labels, and even washi jewelry. :)

You can place your order HERE.

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PS We have a new craft workshop! ;p
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