Thursday, July 30

Silvercutting and the Studio

I did some silvercutting the other day, and came up with plant-inspired pendants. Fine grit sandpaper is perfect for making pieces with matte finish. My silversmithing projects are put on hold though since I have to prepare for our Papercut exhibit at Prism Gallery (239 Salcedo St., Legaspi Village, Makati). I hope you can all drop by to the opening this Saturday, August 1, at 5pm!

Silver Papercutting

Handmade Silver Jewelry

Silver Papercutting

On another note, this is how the studio looks like on a normal Monday. It's quiet and tidy. And the best part is, I get to use all the tables! :)

Hey Kessy Studio

Sunday, July 26

Homemade French Dinner

Hosted a special dinner for my friends at the studio. Our French friend Louis taught us how to make crepes, hachis parmentier, and choose the best type of wine to go with our main dishes. He also shared to us his can of foie gras from France...so by default, this is one of my favorite gatherings we ever hosted at the studio!

For starters, pan-toasted batard bread with foie gras, and veggie salad with balsamic-honey-lemon vinaigrette. Both were prepared by Iona and Pao. We had chardonnay. Our main course was beef and chicken hachis parmentier. It tasted so good with the Bordeaux wine we bought from Rustan's.

After having hachis parmentier, it was time for dessert! Louis had a mini workshop on how to make authentic French crepes! Everyone got to try it! It was fun especially because everyone was trying to make the thinnest crepe! Instead of using normal sugar, we added muscovado and honey from Sagada. We paired the crepes with cidre doux.

French Dinner

French Dinner

French Dinner

French Dinner

French Dinner

French Dinner

French Dinner

French Dinner

This turned out to be a fun and interesting night, though most of our guests only met there for the first time. Louis and I invited our respective friends from different circles. :)

Friday, July 17

Craft Exchange: Manila x Singapore

I'm going back to Singapore to hold craft workshops! Hey Kessy is hosting a Craft Exchange in September for me and my friend Joanne of The Letter J Supply!

Joanne will come to Manila and hold brush calligraphy and calligraphy workshops on September 5-6 at the Hey Kessy studio. She will also have a pop up at the shop. A week after, I will to Singapore, and hold Papercutting and Rubber Stamp Making workshops at Jo's studio and shop, The Letter J Supply at Shaw Towers.

Craft Exchange

Here are her amazing works: 

The Letter J Supply

The Letter J Supply

The Letter J Supply

The Letter J Supply


Craft Exchange

I'm so excited as I really miss Singapore - especially the food. You can read about my trip and workshops in Singapore last year HERE.

For more details and to sign up, go to www.heykessy.com/register. :)

Some Things, July

1. The past few days have been full of life's extremes. So many things happening, so many plans, and so many ideas. There are so many things which need to be considered though. These are the moments I try to be the most organized person that I can be - at which I fail most of the time! Haha. Good thing I got a new wooden pencil case especially made for X-acto knives and blades. If you're wondering where you can get it, it's available at Hey Kessy.

X-acto

2. Here are my current favorite things: the paper watch I got from Den, Amy Poehler's book I borrowed from one of my interns, Kitkat, and my new papercut projects. 

Yes Please

3. I was a little too clumsy the other week. :( My favorite and one of the very first stoneware plates I ever made now looks like this...

Stoneware Plate

Maybe it's time for me to make more plates. :)

Sunday, July 12

All One Piece Exhibit: Call for Submissions

Since 2011, I've been telling the participants of my Papercutting Workshops that I'd curate an exhibit for them. It's finally happening! The exhibit is also open to other papercut artists. It will start on October 3 and run until November 7. :)

Title: All One Piece
Size: 10in x 10in, the papercut should be mounted on a light board (ex. sintra, wood, etc), and not framed.
Space: Small, Absolute Things Gallery, Hey Kessy

Papercutting

Papercutting

Since the space is limited, we can't guarantee that all the submissions will be exhibited. Deadline is on September 3. If your work is selected, you will be notified via email by September 5.
Kindly fill out the form below if you are interested in joining.

Thursday, July 9

Homemade All-Natural Soap

I tried making soap the other weekend, and liked it! Being surrounded with kindred spirits, learning about a new craft in a lovely house in Antipolo - if you know me well, you'd know that I'm most calm and at ease whenever I'm surrounded by trees, plants, and leaves - and making soap over delish food our teacher Ana Gutch of Body Food All-Natural and his brother, Vitty, served made my Saturday morning perfect.

For lunch, we had homemade pasta with veggies, roasted chicken, salad, and a special drink - lemon water, ginger, honey, and kamote leaves (which made gave the drink the pinkish color).

I was amazed with Ana's huge collection of additives for her handmade soaps - dried orange peels, hibiscus powder, tea leaves, flowers, cinnamon, lavender, essential oils, cocoa butter, and many other she bought locally and from her travels abroad. I admire how dedicated she is to her chosen craft. She's always trying new combinations, experimenting with new soap recipes.

Here are the things I used for my first bar of soap:
Essential Oils: Lavender + Sweet Orange + Thyme
Additives: Apple + Cocoa + Hibiscus + Green Tea Leaves + Cinnamon + Chrysanthemum + Charcoal + Sweet Pea

Homemade Soap

How to Make You Own Soap

How to Make You Own Soap

How to Make You Own Soap

How to Make You Own Soap

How to Make You Own Soap

How to Make You Own Soap

How to Make You Own Soap

How to Make You Own Soap

How to Make You Own Soap

How to Make You Own Soap

Homemade Soap

Homemade Soap

Homemade Soap

How to Make Soap

Aside from the food, I also got to taste this colorful insect! Haha! Not going to tell how that crazy thing happened but it tasted good (!!). It made my lips itchy though. Anyhoo, I gave sample slices to my friends Tippy and Abbey, and my interns. I hope they like it. :)

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PS If you want to make your own soap, you can join Ana's workshop at the Hey Kessy Studio on August 8, 9am-12nn. Sign up: Soap Making Workshop
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