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. :)

Friday, September 11

On Dreams, Originality, and the Local Craft Community

Had an awesome crafty conversation with Alessa, and Macy of spot.ph was there to document it. Thank you so much for allowing me to share my thoughts on originality, the local craft community, dream collaborations, creatives and social media, and the two projects I'm currently working on with friends, Katipunan Art Festival and CraftCamp.ph.

Crafters and Makers

The way people identify themselves as crafters says so much about how the craft community has grown in the last few years. Before it was more like “I’m going to craft” or “I’m crafting,” but now, when people are asked what they do, they’ll say, “I’m a crafter”. It’s not just a weekend activity nor a pastime. It's who they are. :)

Sunday, September 6

Some Things, September

1. I was able to catch Manix Abrera’s 14 Silent Comics exhibit at Vargas Museum. Also bought his book! The stories and the way he illustrated them are both amazing! My favorite story has got to be the one about the dwendes

14 Silent Comics

14 Silent Comics

14 Silent Comics

2. I spent the previous long weekend in La Union for the Vitamin Sea event. Abbey and I even extended our stay - we had quiet and usap-buhay times by the beach, sunrise watching, yummy spicy squid meals, mojitos, and local movie marathon on our way home to Manila. It was a perfect trip - though I wish it was longer.

Thanks to everyone who crafted by the beach with us. I’ll be going back in October for our Craft Camp!

La Union

Rubbercutting Workshop

Papercutting

Let's Be Makers

Let's Be Makers
Doodling while waiting for our bus.

La Union
Sunrise watching with Abbey. :)
La Union

La Union

3. I made a big stamp of the patterns I saw by the beach. Good thing I have extra carving blocks and ink pads after the workshop.

DIY Stamp

DIY Stamp

Stamp Making

Stamp Making

La Union

La Union

Beach

4. A kindergarten class from Cambridge Child Development Center, invited me over to talk about papercutting and Hey Kessy. I didn't know how to explain papercutting to them so I just asked them to draw their favorite things. I bought my #Xacto knife and cutting mat so I was able to papercut their works. They looked so happy! One of the kids even hugged and kissed me! :)

I wish they'll always have the courage to make even when they get older. ♡

Papercutting Demo

Papercutting Demo

Papercutting Demo

Papercutting Demo

5.  One of the questions I always get is what kinds of paper I use for papercutting. The answer is this pad! The Papercut Diary has four types of specialty paper. I hope more people would be encouraged to try papercutting now that more types of paper are readily available in market.

You can buy the pad at the Hey Kessy shop in Katipunan or you can also order online by sending an email to contact@heykessy.com.

Papercutting

 Papercutting

Papercutting

Papercutting

My next Papercutting Workshops are on September 26, Makati, and 27, QC. You can sign up at www.heykessy.com/register. :)
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