Saturday, June 11

Floral Print on a White Dress

My sister, Germee, went to the studio and asked me if I had fabric paint because she couldn't find anything else to wear to our friend's wedding but a white dress. Of course, she couldn't go wearing plain white, so she wanted me to paint her dress. I was papercutting an old doodle when she dropped by, and I figured the floral pattern would be apt for the occassion! We used metallic fabric paint, a foam brush, and my papercut stencil to transfer the pattern onto the white dress. :)

Super happy with how it turned out!

Papercut Stencil

Papercut Stencil

Papercut Stencil

Papercut Stencil

Papercut Stencil

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PS I have Papercutting and Rubber Stamp Making workshops. You may register through Hey Kessy: workshops.heykessy.com.

Monday, June 6

Something Really Foreign

The idea of taking on projects I haven’t done before and prolly wouldn’t have the courage to try out if it weren’t for a client’s request, makes me scared but in a good way. Doing something totally foreign widens your perspective as an artist and at the same time, surprises you with the things that you can actually do. So when UP Town Center tapped me to do a ceiling mural, I knew I just had to say yes! It's going to be my first mural ever!

I made several papercuts and tested it with spray paint. It worked! I lost count of the days I’ve been working on the piece. Good thing my friend Danika of Nava is also working on a mural beside my spot. Even kuya Robert of Papemelroti has a wall to work on. I'm in good company. :)

Papercut Stencil

Papercut Stencil

Mural

My brother Harry and friend Fabros also helped filling in the leaves and flowers.

Mural

Mural

Mural

Thanks to Human Nature for the Rose Dew Facial Mist and SafeProtect Sunscreen (not in photo)!

Papercut Stencil

Mural

The mural isn’t finished yet so if you happen to be in the neighborhood, come check out my piece at Urban Turf in the new wing of UP Town Center! :)

In other news, I’m rereading another favorite book from highschool, Einstein’s Dreams. If you haven’t read it, go here and start reading!

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For Papercutting and Rubber Stamp Making workshops, register through Hey Kessy: workshops.heykessy.com. :)

Monday, May 23

Let's Make Sun Prints this Weekend

I take every chance I get to walk around our neighborhood. But when it gets too hot and humid, I just stay on our mini terrace in the studio. It's facing West, so at midday, it's always perfect - unless it's raining - to make sun prints! It's a process to develop images using sunlight. Hey Kessy has different sun printing solution colors but I stick with the classic blue. :)

If you want to try making your own sun prints, I'll have a sun printing craft station at Park Fest on May 28, 10am-3pm, at Nayong Pilipino!

Sun Printing

Sun Printing

Here are some of the sun prints I made recently:

Sun Printing

Sun Printing

Sun Printing

Sun Printing

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Workshop Schedule
Papercutting Workshops
June 25, QC
July 2, BGC

Rubbercutting Workshop
July 25, QC

Sun Printing Craft Station
May 28, Park Fest, Nayong Pilipino Park

Go to workshops.heykessy.com to register. :)


Tuesday, May 17

Dagit Arts Festival in Dumaguete

My friends from Gugma Gaia Raz and Elle worked with DTI Dumaguete for the Dagit Arts Festival last February, and I was lucky enough to have been invited to have a short talk on papercutting and do a live demo. During my short stay, I also got to go around town, try out neighborhood cafes, and visit Silliman University.

One of my bestfriends from college, Monica, used to tell me dreamy stories about the university. I spent a good half day walking around the campus. With so many trees and large spaces to read, relax, or just observe life,  it instantly became my favorite.

Dagit Arts Festival
Photo from DTI Dumaguete

Dumaguete Arts Festival
with Raz and Elle
 Dagit Arts Festival

Dumaguete Arts Festival
Dumaguete Arts Festival

Dumaguete Arts Festival
Fabric Collage Art
Dumaguete Arts Festival
Dumaguete Arts Festival
Inside Silliman University
Dumaguete Arts Festival
Anthropology Museum in Silliman
Dumaguete Arts Festival

I also met local crafters and makers at the festival, and it's quite an honor to have one of their products named after me! The Mansilliana sling bag, hand-woven in Dumaguete, is available at Shaoi Arts and Crafts.

Dumaguete Arts Festival
Top from Brown Belly
Dumaguete Arts Festival

Dumaguete Arts Festival

My friend Bombee was right, I would easily fall in love with Dumaguete. Looking forward to going back and holding workshops there! 🌿

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For my Papercutting workshops, you can register through Hey Kessy here: www.workshops.heykessy.com.


Tuesday, April 12

Ceramic Bowls I Made in Sagada

I found this post in my Drafts folder and I'm sure it stayed there for a year or so. These ceramic pieces were the ones I made way back in 2013 when I had my self-imposed art retreat in Sagada. Though I haven't gotten the chance to blog about it, that almost-a-month stay in the small town, is one of the trips that have changed me and the way I make. I learned how to appreciate using other glaze colors, try different bowl shapes, trek by myself to and from the pottery studio every day, and equally important, I've gotten over my fear of dogs. :)

Sagada Pottery

Sagada Pottery

Sagada Pottery

Sagada Pottery

Sagada Pottery

Sagada Pottery

Sagada Pottery

Sagada Pottery

Sagada Pottery

Sagada Pottery

Sagada Pottery

Sagada Pottery

Sagada Pottery

Sagada Pottery

Sagada Pottery

Sunday, April 10

On a Poem and a Papercut

Along with some old collage works, I found a poem which used to be one of my favorite pieces.

The Quiet World by Jeffrey McDaniel 

In an effort to get people to look
into each other’s eyes more,
and also to appease the mutes,
the government has decided
to allot each person exactly one hundred   
and sixty-seven words, per day.

When the phone rings, I put it to my ear   
without saying hello. In the restaurant   
I point at chicken noodle soup.
I am adjusting well to the new way.

Late at night, I call my long distance lover,   
proudly say I only used fifty-nine today.   
I saved the rest for you.

When she doesn’t respond,
I know she’s used up all her words,   
so I slowly whisper I love you
thirty-two and a third times.
After that, we just sit on the line   
and listen to each other breathe.
And here's a papercut I was supposed to sell at Art in the Park last April 2: 
Papercutting

Papercutting





Katipunan
Taking walks around the neighborhood.

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PS I'll see you at the next 10a Alabama Fair, April 16-17!
     
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