Monday, November 16

Bugtong Plates, Meditation Retreat, and 10a Alabama Fair

I spent the latter part of last week with monks and with a lovely bunch of people. I learned so much just by observing them and listening to their stories. I got to try new things like meditating, not eating meat for days, and staying so calm (haha!). So different, but it's nothing compared to the challenge of applying the little nuggets of wisdom and practices to my city life.

Bugtong Plates

Bugtong Plates

Bugtong Plates

Bugtong Plates

The day after I got back, I was at the 10a Alabama Fair. Thank you to everyone who dropped by our booth, bought washi tapes, Dandy Ona pieces, and Bugtong Plates - a new personal project which I hope would bring bugtong back to everyday conversations. If you weren’t able to drop by the fair, the plates and Dandy Ona are also available at the Hey Kessy shop in Katipunan.

10a Alabama

10a Alabama

10a Alabama
Diklap's stickers

Some photos from the meditation retreat:

Meditation Retreat

Meditation Retreat

Meditation Retreat

Meditation Retreat

Meditation Retreat

Meditation Retreat

Btw, I’ll have a Slab Pottery Workshop on December 12, so if you want to make your own plates, bowls, and cups, and paint on them too, go to workshops.heykessy.com. And yes, the projects are not just for decorative purposes but can be used for food, too!:)

IMG_Bugtong Plates

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PS Thank you to Inquirer for featuring the second Craft Camp!

Saturday, October 31

Life Lately: Beatiful Plates, New Studio, and Colors

1. L-R: An old acrylic painting from years back, washi kombi collage, mommy's old painting, one of the very first rubbercut prints I made, artwork from Mall.

My new studio is slowly starting to look and feel like a real one. I'm planning to host an open studio with an intimate poetry reading, tea gathering, or even film showing. Soon.

Studio

Craft Camp
2. One of our neighbors, Got Heart, sells organic produce and other healthy food options. The other weekend, they set up a mini thrift shop. Got myself a bamboo tea scoop and ceramic grater. 

The beautiful blue plate and floral mug are from a local supermarket.

Plates
3. Surprisingly, I'm not so bummed my phone got busted a few days ago. I met up with Ella, a good friend from my previous job, without having the pressure of documenting every tiny moment through photos. I also got to work on so many works in progress. I love that my works are starting to have colors again!

Papercutting

Papercutting

Patterns

4. Floral temporary tatt from Alessa. I'm so tempted to make this permanent! 

Temporary Tattoo
Photo from Alessa
5. I'm back to working with clay! I miss the feeling of kneading and transforming it into different forms and shapes. The process is very relaxing and calming - what I really need these days. Haha!  

Here are some of the 120 plates I'm making for a dear friend's wedding in December. :)

Pottery

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PS For my workshop schedule in November, go to workshops.heykessy.com.

Thursday, October 29

Shibori Workshop at the 2nd Craft Camp

Early this year, I made a list of crafts I'd love to share to other crafters. Shibori was on top of the list! So, when we set the 2nd Craft Camp in La Union, I knew it was time to hold a Shibori Workshop. 

I taught the campers how to prepare the indigo vat and two Shibori techniques. They experimented with different Shibori tools like wooden tiles, sticks, and rubber bands to come up with their own patters. A slight change in the angle and size of the fold or the placement of the rubber bands or sticks can easily result to a totally different design. 

Thank god for the clear skies, we were able to hang dry the freshly-indigo dyed beach blankets outside, just right infront of the beach. 


La Union

Shibori Workshop

Shibori Workshop

Shibori Workshop

Shibori Workshop

Shibori Workshop

Shibori Workshop

Shibori Workshop

Shibori Workshop

Shibori Workshop

Shibori Workshop

La Union Sunset

Shibori Workshop

After the workshop, and shortly before it drizzled, everyone ran to the beach to watch the beautiful sunset. :)

My next Shibori Workshop is on November 29 at the Hey Kessy studio. You can reserve a slot at workshops.heykessy.com.

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PS We are already planning our next Craft Camp events! Make sure to like our FB page or visit our website for update! :)
PPS Thanks for the photos, Mace! :)

Sunday, October 11

Some Things Work

The festival was exactly how I imagined it to be, only 3000x better! We can't thank enough the people who came and celebrated art with us, the artists who gave live demos, did live art, joined the exhibits and fairs, hosts of the open mic, Sta. Clara for giving us a fair weather, the sponsors - Hey Kessy, Sharpie, Swap, Ifex, and Jugo Bar - my friends and family, and of course to my partners-in-crime, Erbee, Lou, Dana, Tita, and Arlene!

Katipunan Art Festival

Katipunan Art Festival

2/3 of my works for the All One Piece papercutting exhibit at the Small, Absolute Things Gallery at the Hey Kessy shop. Exhibit runs until the end of October!

Papercutting

Papercutting

Katipunan Art Festival
Photo from Tippy ♡

Offered these eggs to Sta. Clara days before the event. They worked! 

Washied Eggs

Don't worry, more photos soon! Just have to run again for the second Craft Camp next weekend. :)

PS Shout out to these guys who've seen me at my lowest and happiest before, during, and after the festival - Mommy, Tippy, Abbey, Macy, Mikko, Alessa, June, Mon, Fandra, and Jen! 
Thank you for always being there for me. ♡

Monday, September 28

Of Glass Wall Art, Temporary Tatts, and Ocassional Katipunan Walks

1. Recently discovered that static paper is super easy to papercut, and looks awesome as glass wall art. Here's a piece inspired by our neighborhood. 

Papercut Glass Art

Papercut

Those who joined my papercutting workshop last weekend, were also able to work with this type of paper. It's durable but thin enough to be cut easily.  

Papercutting Workshop

2. I tried glass etching again! The first time would have to be way back in gradeschool or highschool! It's refreshing to use the material for other projects aside from the usual glass etching project that is wine bottles. 

For those who are wondering, the glass boards I used for this and the previous projects are available at the Hey Kessy shop in Katipunan. :)


Glass Etching

3. Walked around Katipunan after a workshop at the studio one weekend, and saw this patch of a forest near Regis building. Wish there were more places like this - or even a park - in our area. 

Katipunan

4. After hosting a Zeke and the Pirates Watercolor Workshop at the studio with Chinggay and Wiji, we made temporarty tattoos at the shop! I'll be making more for the coming Katipunan Art Festival this Saturday! :) If you also want to make your own, temporary tattoo sheets are available at the Hey Kessy shop.  


DIY Tattoo

On another note, it's been a challenging few weeks co-organizing an event, but the fulfillment and learnings otherwise I wouldn't have gained, are all so worth it. I got to talk to people from different backgrounds - from a barangay captain to a coffee shop owner - and artists who promote different art forms like pottery, graffiti, watercolor, paper quilling, papercutting, and lettering. I also discovered new places in the neighborhood. It's a really good learning experience, and I can't thank enough the people who go out of their way to help me make this project happen. 

Monday, September 21

Of Papercutting, Intens, Craft Camp, and Washi Tape

1. Before everything turns into one big giving-this-my-best-shot blur, I made time to start a papercut project that's close to home. I got the map during one of my meetings with our barangay captain. Let's just hope I get to finish the piece soon. 

Papercutting

Papercutting

2. My interns from batch 1 Cara and Kitkat are back, and have been super helpful in organizing the Katipunan Art Festival - from designing marketing collateral materials to making sure every event at Hey Kessy will run smoothly. My six new interns will join them this week. 

Hey Kessy Interns
Taken one afternoon while I was training them to take photos for Kessy's online accounts. 

3. Met up with Mikko, Macy, and Alessa - three of my co-organizers of the second Craft Camp which will happen on October 17-18 in La Union. We just crafted the morning away, shared Charlie Chan pasta and a Dear Darla pizza.

Washi Project

4. IFEX sent us paper, watercolor, and spray paint for the Katipunan Art Festival, and since I'm into trying new ways of doing things, I used my old papercuts as stencils. I like how to it turned out.

Papercutting
I'm veering towards bigger pieces these days.

4. Washied my new laptop case and charger! Bought a new laptop because the old one, which I had been using for six years already, is practically dead. It's so slow it would take me hours just to open Excel and Photoshop. Figured it was smarter to buy a new one than save money because I couldn't really afford to waste time anymore.

Washi Project

The colorful washi tapes make meetings and working late at night more bearable and yep, fun. :)
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