Wednesday, January 28

Banaue Rice Terraces + Arm Knitting

I promised myself I'd enjoy weekends more often, so I spent the last long weekend in Banaue with my mommy, siblings Germee and Gomer, and Gianandrea, my sister's visiting friend from Italy. I've always loved the mountains so although most of the days were spent on the road, I still enjoyed the 4-day trip because of the view, nippy weather, and funny stories we all shared. It has been a while since the last time I went to a multi-day out-of-town thing with mom and I got to do again what I loved doing in college, mountain climbing. I couldn't be happier. :)

Banaue Trip

This was taken in Batad. The guide told us it was one of the grandest in Ifugao. I could stay there just admiring the terraces pattern all day! Ang galing!
 
Banaue Trip

Banaue Trip

Banaue Trip

Banaue Trip

After the whole-day trek with all the happy memories (and blisters haha!), it was a such a relief coming back to our cozy room at Banaue and Youth Hostel.

Banaue Trip

Staying in

Banaue Trip

While resting and enjoying the cold mountain weather, I arm knitted myself a cowl using the bulky Chenille yarn from Gantsilyo Guru. I also made a simple video of the process. :)

Arm Knitting

Arm Knitting

Arm Knitting

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PS If you are planning to go to Banaue, I recommend staying at Banaue and Youth Hostel. The rooms are big, clean, and have a great view. The service was also commendable.

Wednesday, January 21

Papercutting in Cold January

In this nippy weather, it's so much harder to get out of bed in the morning. I owe it to the Benguet coffee I bought during the trip to the north last long weekend for keeping me awake these days. Papercutting helps a lot too. It makes me focused and excited even at 7 in the morning.

Papercutting

Here's another papercut face weeks ago. It's kuya Kim of Matanglawin! The show's crew came by and did a short interview about the shop and papercutting. :)

Papercutting

Kinfolk

Staying in

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PS I have papercutting workshops in February! You can sign up below:


Tuesday, January 20

Pocket Universe and Blue at Art Informal

Art Informal
Pocket Universe by Veronica Pee
Art Informal
Blue by Olivia D'Aboville
Art Informal
Blue by Olivia D'Aboville
Photo by Fandra
Photo by Fandra
Photo by Fandra
Photo by Fandra

Fought my usual post-holiday, work-shy self and went out with my friend Fandra. We spent the night at the Art Informal gallery amazed with how fabric was turned into ocean in "Blue", and egg shells and hand-formed clay introduced us to the miniscule world of parasites and cells in "Pocket Universe". But before I ruin everything, this might help:


Art Informal

Friday, January 16

New Year, New Studio

This year will be for more personal projects, out-of-town trips, and non-working weekends! :) Another thing I'm really excited about is my new studio. I moved to the attic so I'd have more freedom to make a mess, experiment with different craft techniques and materials, and focus on the collections I've been working on without getting distracted. This way, more crafters and artists would be able to hold workshops at our studio on the first floor. 

Paul and I celebrated the new studio by having my current favorite tea, Rose Moscato, and warm pineapple pie from sir Asao who came to visit to give me large sheets of paper he made himself. :) 

Afternoon Tea

Papercutting Studio

Papercutting Studio

Sir Asao

Handmade Paper

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PS I'll have several workshops in the coming weeks. For more details, go HERE.
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