Wednesday, May 27

Dandy Ona and My Papercut Top on Manila Bulletin

Manila Bulletin's Fifi's Finds features Dandy Ona and my papercut top! While in Vietnam I got to read the article online, and I can't thank Pierra Calasanz-Labrador enough for writing such a great article about my jewelry line. :)

Dandy Ona on Manila Bulletin

Customized jewelry

Customized jewelry

Bespoke Jewelry

Bespoke Jewelry

Customized jewelry

Monday, May 18

Some Things, May

1. I'm Total Girl's Role Model for the month of May! One of my favorite interviews so far! Not only that the TG team who visited was super fun but the article really captured my thoughts on the local Handmade Movement, social media, and the significance of making in the bigger scheme of things.


Total Girl

2. Before the year started,  I made a promise to myself to incorporate crafting to going out to adventures, more often. And I'm glad I was able to do that the past few weeks. I had several beach trips with friends, saw the rice terraces in the north with my family, and went scuba diving the other weekend. I brought a camera but it was too heavy and didn't really fancy taking pictures while everyone else was enjoying. Glad I had with me my art and craft materials to document the things I saw which fascinated me. :)

Handcarved Stamps

For out of town trips, I always bring Hey Kessy carving blocks because they are thick enough that you don't need to bring a cutting mat anymore, and Versacraft Ink pads. I also bring the unlined notebook Pauline gifted me, to jot down craft project ideas and doodle designs.

Sakura Koi

 Carving Stamps

3. Finally, I got to read this Frankie issue, a pasalubong from my friend Ryan when he came back from a family trip to the Land Down Under. I like the article about a UN volunteer and  her experience in South Sudan.

Frankie Mag

4. I tried the Yin Yang champorado of the Early Breakfast Club. It was soooo good! And so was the food presentation.

Early Breakfast Club

Early Breakfast Club

5. The studio is sometimes difficult to maintain - pieces of paper all over the floor, dead plants, dried leaves in the pocket garden, messy monobloc chairs, and ink-stained tables  - but it still remains as my favorite place. :)

Hey Kessy Studio

Hey Kessy Studio

6. Des, one of my favorite people in the world, came home from Germany, and hung out at the studio. It's been almost a year since we last saw each other but our conversations stay the same - intense and moving.

Hey Kessy Studio

Hey Kessy Studio


Wednesday, May 13

Get One for Mom, 2015

For mommies who are not on social media and don't see all our posts celebrating them, I made another batch of Get One for Mom papercuts! These are all scattered inside the shop, and around Katipunan. If you see one, it's yours! ♡



Get One for Mom

Get One for Mom

Get One for Mom

Get One for Mom

I started this project in 2012, hoping to surprise moms on their special day. You can see the photos of the Get One for Mom projects in 2012 and 2013 here and here.

Sunday, May 10

Mommy

Mother's Day

Mother's Day

Mother's Day

Thank you for teaching me how to make art, preparing my Ensure and milk, and being supportive. Love you, mommysh! ♡

Thursday, May 7

Wear that Papercut

Everyone has that dream project that takes them longer to think/romanticize about than actually making it. This papercut top has long been sitting in my mind, even as early as the beginning of last year. Back then, I wanted to experiment and explore other ways of making my papercuts more than just papercuts. I knew there could be a way to make them wearable using a special type of paper which couldn't be torn and is waterproof.

I didn't have an initial pattern in mind before working on this piece. I just woke up one morning and decided that this project had been in mind way too long. It was time to actually do it. It took me less than an hour to finish the pattern and cut it because I was so excited to try the top on. :)
Papercut Dress

Papercut Dress

Papercut Dress

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PS I have Papercutting Workshops this month and in early June!
PPS I'm looking for crafty interns! For more details, go HERE.

Wednesday, May 6

Dandy Ona Mother's Day Giveaway

Do you still need to get a special gift for Mom this coming Mother's Day? Here's a sweet treat from Dandy Ona - the jewelry line inspired by my papercuts and my mom's love for jewelry - for you and your mom.

Custon Design Jewelry

One lucky winner will get two silver Twiggy necklaces (see photo below).

1. Follow me (@mansyabesamis) and Dandy Ona (@dandyonajewelry) on Instagram.
2. Repost any photo from the Dandy Ona Instagram account or a photo of your mom on Instagram and/or Facebook.
3. In the caption, say what you love the most about your mom. Don't forget to tag me and Dandy Ona.

Custon Design Jewelry

Giveaway Period: May 4-8 (9pm). The winner will be chosen randomly and notified by May 8, 11pm. Good luck!:)

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PS Dandy Ona will be joining the following fairs this month:
     May 16 Flow in the City
     May 17 Whitespace Sunday Pop Up
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