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!
     

Friday, April 8

Life Lately: New Studio, Logo, and Other Things

I couldn’t quite imagine how I was able to maintain a blog while having a full time job back in 2014. I’d write about random thoughts, photographs, or films. Or new places I got to visit with friends. In the previous year, I didn't have that luxury. I was too caught up with so many unnecessary things.

1. I’m the process of redesigning this blog, my logo, and everything else in the hopes that it would get me to write more often. I'm done (well kind of) with florals and patterns, so I'm using my favorite fruit as my new logo.

Watercolor

2. Most of my last week was spent on cleaning the old studio. The heat and nostalgia made the whole moving thing slower and slower by the minute. On the bright side, I found my old, pre-Kessy, works! It’s nice being reminded of how I used to love collecting stuff and making collages out of them. I should go back to doing it.

Craft Studio
New studio. :)
Washi Collages

3. I celebrated my 29th birthday by crafting with my family and friends! This year’s theme was Fight Club! With the help of my friend Shani of Aromateria, we set up a Tyler’s Soap Making station! I'll be coming up with a separate post on this one, but here’s the collage I made for the party!

Fight Club

Hey Kessy Shop
We had sangria during the #HKBetterAndBrighter closing party!

4.  And yup! I celebrated my birthday on the same day the Hey Kessy Shop in Abada closed its doors for the final time! Right after we left the old studio, I headed to Ilocos for my college best friend’s wedding, and when I came back, it felt so weird not going back to the 71B studio. Now, I have to come up with a new routine. It’s bittersweet.

Craft Studio
Said goodbye to every corner in the old studio.
Vigan
Before the wedding, my friends and I got to enjoy the summer heat and splash in this pool.

5. I can't remember the last time I got to be as carefree as I've been this week. The new studio has a great view of the neighboring villages, and at night, I get to watch movies in the mini balcony.

The Royal Tenenbaum
Richie ♡
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PS More photos of the new place soon! Btw, I'll have a Slab Pottery + Rubber Stamp Making workshop with Nica Cosio for Design Week PH on April 16 in Intramuros. You can register here: workshops.heykessy.com

See you!
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