Saturday, May 31

Back to Nacpan

I spent another day at my favorite beach in El Nido. The beach taught me how to take it easy. For a second there, I considered leaving everything behind (in Manila), and it really seemed like a good idea. Then, I snapped back. Katipunan is still my home.

El Nido
la vie en rose
El Nido

El Nido

El Nido

El Nido

El Nido

Aaah it's so beautiful. Just looking at the pictures makes me a whole lot happier. :)

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PS We'll have our first fair at the studio on June 7. I hope you can drop by.

Sunday, May 25

Bring Your Own Benta, an art sale and flea market

With two of my college friends, Aaron and Fands, I'm hosting a simple gathering at the studio this coming June 7, Saturday, from 3pm to 12 mn. We'll have an Art Sale + Flea Market where you can buy bespoke jewelry, handmade postcards, old art and design magazines, plants, seeds, art materials, and a lot more (I say this because we're still accepting applications for those who want to join us in selling). :) We'll also have picnic food, ice candy, and drinks.

Bring You Own Benta
Poster Design by Aaron Roselo

I'll be dedicating the next two weeks in making brass jewelry, planters, clay tags, and other things to sell. :) Our other friend Tricia, who's a writer, will be selling stories she's going to make on the spot.

Brass rings

Clay Tags
Clay Tags
Craft Workshop


Here
's the application form for sellers, fee is just P250. If you just want to hangout on June 7, you're more than welcome to come to our gathering! :)

Wednesday, May 21

Nilikha Pearls in Paris

Hello :)

My sister Germee, Sergio our friend from Spain, and I are launching Nilikha, a jewelry brand which is youthful but still chic and elegant, at the Labo Ethnik Fashion Show and Fair in Paris from May 22-25. We'll have Nilikha pieces made by Filipino, Italian, and French artisans, and the pearl jewelry collection we've collaborated on with the designer Lisi Liu.

Nilikha Pearls

Nilikha Pearls

Nilikha Pearls
Photography and Styling by Mansy Abesamis

Nilikha Pearls

Nilikha Pearls

If you'll ever be in Paris on those dates, visit our booth. :) To know more about the event, watch this video:




Nilikha 
Website// www.nilikha.com
Facebook// https://www.facebook.com/nilikhapearls
Instagram// @nilikha

Labo Ethnik
Docks, Cité de la Mode et du Design,34 quai d'Austerlitz, Paris
May 22-25

Friday, May 16

Papercutting and French

TWG

TWG

TWG

TWG
Manzo Tagliata Panini

I'm in my mom's hometown right now. One of the few things I've brought with me is the unfinished papercut. It takes longer time to finish since the details are small and are not continuous so I have to lift the blade often. When I take breaks, I eat - a lot.

On another note, I was translating a French document to English the other day. I missed it! It's one of the things I loved doing while I was studying in UP. I want to make French be part of my everyday again - just like crafting - so I've decided to resume teaching it. If you are interested in learning the language or have something you want to be translated - French to English or vice versa - email me at mansilliana@gmail.com. :)

Wednesday, May 14

Crafting at TWG

I hung out with Mikko and Marie at our favorite tea place, TWG.  I had TWG Salad - mix of foie gras, salmon, shrimps, and greens. As expected, I also ordered my all time favorite matcha financiers (served with tea jelly and special cream). They were sooooo good! From their extensive list, I randomly picked Geisha tea blend. I like how it smelled and tasted like. It's a new favorite. :)

TWG

TWG

TWG

TWG

Marie tried out papercutting for the first time. I hope she gets addicted!

TWG

The whole time we were there, I tried to finish the papercut I've been working on for days now.

TWG

TWG Tea Salon & Boutique
R2, 2nd Floor, Archaeology Gallery
Power Plant Mall, Rockwell Center

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PS I have a Washi + Papercutting Workshop in Alabang in June. To register, go HERE: :)     

Friday, May 9

Craft Projects for Hey Kessy

Having enough space where I can work on several projects simultaneously and store my materials where I could see and therefore use them - makes me craft non-stop! :) Here are my recent projects for Hey Kessy:

1. Other than flowers and leaves, I also collect twigs. And thank god my mom doesn't throw them away even though they practically occupy a considerable space in our living room. :p Using the twigs, I made a washi tape rack! If you want to make something like this, here are the instructions.

Washi Rack

2. I made these stamps as gifts for mommy this Sunday. Here are other simple projects that you can make to give as gifts for Mother's Day. 

Handmde Gifts for Mother's Day

3. I bring along this washi tape kombi to art fairs to show people what they can do with washi tape. I'll be making more of this soon using different washi tape colors and patterns.

10a Alabama Fair

By the way, my friends and I will have a Craft Pop Up Shop tomorrow and on Sunday. Hey Kessy has new products so make sure you drop by! :)


Craft Pop Up Shop

Wednesday, May 7

Some of My Favorite Things this Summer

I'm almost always at the studio, home, or at a friend's place. As much as I want to, it's not often that I get to have out-of town trips, and if I ever I do get the time off this summer, here are the things that are always with me (actually, even when I'm at home, they are always just a foot away from me).

Summer Essentials

1. DIY Pinhole camera - one of the very first washi projects I did for Hey Kessy. It's best to use when it's sunny!
2. Black notebook (which I covered in Hey Kess washi tape) - for my thoughts and doodles.
3. The Architecture of Happiness - before my friend Des left for Germany last March, she lent me this book. It's very timely as I've just got my own studio. 
4. Washied headset - not much of a music person but I have a few favorite songs. I also listen to French expressions and verb conjugations from time to time.

Summer Essentials

5. Knitted bikini top - my friend Edwina made for me two summers ago. I love the color and it's so comfortable!
6. Brown Belly's The Better Butter Body Butter - It is soooo addicting. I use it every day, and not just once, but after every couple of hours. It's not sticky and the smell is yummy! I might have to buy another bottle of this moisturizer soon.

Summer Essentials

El Nido

El Nido

Now, I hope I get to finish this English-French translation project I've been working on since 7am today! I'm soooo hungry!

Tuesday, May 6

New Papercuts

When I'm alone at the studio, I get to finish the things I've been putting off. I display my art works like the Ti Ayat Ti Maysa Nga Ubing papercut, How to Grow an Alphabet rubbercut, and some of my stoneware plates, everywhere so I'd be more encouraged to come up with new projects.

So, here are my latest papercut projects:

Papercutting
Get up and pedal!

One of the many important things El Nido has taught me:

Papercutting

Papercutting
Mangrove
Papercutting
Forest papercut
Craft Workshop

I've been working on a new papercut for 2 days now. God I hope I finish it before I run out of X-acto blades!

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PS If you want to join my Papercutting Workshops, you can register HERE. :)

Sunday, May 4

El Nido: Making Art by the Nacpan Beach

I wasn't much of a beach person - I'd rather go to the mountains or spend a whole afternoon in a cafe or small restaurant in cold places like Baguio or Sagada. But my recent El Nido trip changed that.

Of all the beautiful beaches my friend, Abby, and I went to in El Nido, Nacpan is my favorite. It's about a 30 to 45 minute bicycle ride from the town proper. The first time we went there, we went up a hill and had a 360º view of Nacpan - the sandbar, surrounding islands, turquoise waters, calm waves, and a small fisherfolk community. It is one of the most B E A U T I F U L places I've ever seen!

Two days after that, we went there again. This time with the other travelers we met at our hostel - OMP Hostel. After lunch, I made time to make art by the beach before joining the others in swimming.

El Nido

El Nido

El Nido

El Nido

El Nido

El Nido

El Nido

El Nido

El Nido

El Nido

El Nido

Did you know that the movie The Beach was inspired by El Nido and not by some place else in Thailand? Now I wonder, has Leo DiCaprio been to El Nido? Haha :)

Anyhoo, more El Nido photos in the coming days! 

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PS We were lucky to find a hostel where people were accommodating and would find time to talk to fellow travelers. The staff - kuya Rolly and kuya Nong -  were accommodating. They would go out of their way to assist us during our stay.

OMP Hostel
Real Street, Barangay Masagana, El Nido
+639064127861
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