No more nightmares.

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I’ll be part of this year’s CANVAS Looking for Juan outdoor banner project. The topic, human rights, is a pertinent matter in our country right now, God help us all.

My fellow Ang INK members and I made pieces specifically about children’s rights. Mine is about the child’s right to rehabilitation.

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A peek of my work and the mess. It’s been such a long time since I’ve painted an acrylic piece this big, and there was definitely a strong sense of fulfillment after I finished it and delivered it to the gallery. I enjoyed the process a lot, though, and I hope to learn more about painting bigger pieces in this medium.

The project and exhibits open on June 20. The banners will be installed in around the UP Diliman oval.


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View photos from the opening reception of Camouflage and Wanderlust here.

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My work, Long Way From Home, is also available to purchase as prints from the Light Grey Art Lab online shop. The original artwork is 9×12 inches, handmade watercolor on cold press paper.

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I’ll be part of Light Grey Art Lab’s Camouflage exhibit, which opens on the 26th. I really wish I could go, because it opens alongside other nature-themed exhibit, and one of my inspirations Kelsey Oseid is going to have a show up! If you’re in the Minneapolis area, or will be during that time, do drop by and take some pictures, then show me~


 

Keeping myself productive and busy helps a lot with the anxiety. I’ve figured that personally, I feel more at ease at the end of the day when I know I’ve finished something (ANYTHING). As much as I can, I try to accomplish even really small tasks before going to bed. It could be something for work, or other things that aren’t really as urgent like writing a journal entry, mopping the room once, or labeling emails.

I’m also very thankful to be surrounded by supportive and level-headed individuals every day, at work and at home. It really helps me put things in perspective, and keeps me focused.

Sometimes it’s hard not to be affected by the world going haywire. I guess it’s good training for keeping your head above water, and for trying hard to make things better along with the rest of the population despite everything. Some days the silver lining’s there, some days you have to draw it yourself.

zine attempt

Earlier this month, I made a zine for my partner Jenny, for Light Grey Art Lab’s Make My Holiday! Art Swap. I also sent her prints of some of my drawings, plus my pattern postcard set. I hope the package gets to her as soon as possible and in good condition.

I used my tree parts stamps made out of eraser blocks, a black stamp pad, some cream textured paper for the inside pages and gray board paper for the cover, Dymo labels for the numbers, and the Quirky Align stapler I got myself for Christmas. I’ve been meaning to make a zine out of my stamps for quite some time now but haven’t gotten around to planning for it, so I’m happy I finished this.

I’m easing myself back into work now that Christmas is over. There’s still New Year’s, but I’ve been so restless these past couple of days, especially with the knowledge that I still have a few things to submit asap. I hope I accomplish a lot tomorrow before all the New Year’s eve preparations. I’ll get back to my book and movie backlog after I finish all the things I need to.

On a completely different note, I started Serial this afternoon and I’m halfway through the 12 eps. Rommel has been recommending it for some time now but I only got around to starting it today. I can’t stop listening I need the truth what happened ugh.

Yep so, happy almost 2015!

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New pattern postcard set! Digital offset prints on high-quality 250gsm Stucco Tintoretto paper. :)

“Launched” these plus its other variations, the bookmark and the poster, last weekend at Bring Your Own Benta. Thank you to everyone who dropped by! It was my first time to join a craft fair on my own. I was really nervous about it and overprepared haha but well, there’s always a first time for everything.

A lot of people had requested holiday-related items like gift wrappers and gift tags, so I miiiight just come up with a bunch of them for the next craft fairs. I’m planning on something more reusable tho, esp for the gift wrappers. The other week, my org had asked our favorite framer about his rates for a particular artwork size we were planning to use for our December exhibit. He said his rates are higher now because wood has gotten more expensive, and consequently, scarce, I guess. This has kind of been on my mind! A lot of my merchandise are paper goods, but for Christmas I’m planning on making something that people won’t throw away after using.

So there. Back to work! Bees will be busy until Christmas.

Where You’re Planted

Something I made during Ang INK’s super fun Fabriano Art Day last month. Prestige Papers is bringing in Fabriano Fine Art Papers soon, and they got INK to test the different kinds of paper. This one is on Artistico Traditional White, Grana Fina, in glorious 640gsm. I tried to test as many materials as I can: watercolor, gouache, pencils, and printmaking ink.

Fabriano’s Fine Art lines include paper for watercolor, drawing, printmaking, and acrylic and oil. These will be available locally in about 3-4 months, according to Prestige Papers, their distributor.

Sketchbook: grumpy ladies

 

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Channeling my inner Daniel Egneus, but what do I know about fashion illustration, really. Also testing new materials in between work. These include A) a kolinsky brush, which still intimidates me and sometimes I kind of feel dumb just holding it haha. And B) a couple of Holbein watercolor tubes in shell pink and payne’s gray. I’ve read a lot of good reviews of this brand, and I’m convinced! A little goes a long way, which makes it worth the price, and I like the color range.

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On other people’s photographs
It must be said that I actually do enjoy Instagram because generally I am a very visual person, and I like looking at photos. It’s one of the most convenient places on the internet where people purposefully makes all (well, almost) of their photos presentable and well-curated. We all prepare for our Instagram photos, in one way or another. La la la. Sometimes, when I can’t sleep at night but am too tired to get out of bed, I run through my Instagram feed until I doze off (and my phone falls on my face).

Here are some of my favorite people on Instagram!

1. Sabine Timm is a recent find, and she has the loveliest posts. Her photos mostly feature arrangements of color-coordinated found objects, which I find refreshing and just nice to stare at. Find more of her work on her Flickr.

2. I’ve been following Geninne on Blogspot for a while, and at one point in my life she became one of my life pegs haha. I’m happy she’s also on Instagram because aside from her art, her house and her dog and all her house plants look so beautiful, too. Her husband made their house and he also makes furniture and basically they are both awesome at what they do.

3. Studio Arhoj is a ceramic studio (among other things) in Copenhagen. They’re one of the first ceramic groups that I started following when I first got interested in ceramics and pottery. I love how they glaze their work, it’s so fun. Also, they post some of their studio mishaps and I like that, because I am the kind of person who secretly finds it noble when people post about their mistakes, and the lessons that they learn, on the amazonian jungle which is the internet.

4. Jem Magbanua is an illustrator based in Singapore. I love her artworks! She doesn’t post frequently but when she does it’s always lovely. You can also see her work on her website.

5. I first found out about Louise Fili from reading Jessica Hische’s profile, because Jessica had previously worked at Louise Fili Ltd. That must have been such a thrill, to be young and in love with letters, and have such a great mentor to work with. Louise’s posts are consistently typographic in nature: street signage, restaurant lights, subway tiles, and other found letterforms.

6. JR is a street artist and I’m not sure how to introduce him properly, so please watch his TED talk instead, and then you will see why I admire him. I saw a photo of one of his works hanging in the lobby of the hotel we stayed at in Phnom Penh a few years ago. I thought it was visually moving but I didn’t know what it was and what it stood for, or that it was actually set in Cambodia. Well now I know~

This list was inspired by Yuko Shimizu’s blog post 15 influences that stick with you, FOREVER. I tried to come up with my own list, but I figured that  I haven’t been around long yet to say that my influences have stuck with me, especially now that I’m in a phase where I’m trying a lot of different things all at the same time and just playing around. I made a shortlist anyway, of the people who I’ve admired for a significant period of time already, even up to now. My list includes Candy Chang for design (I drew a lot of inspiration from her works and her methods while I was doing my college thesis), Brecht Evens for art and illustration (whose works had such an impact on me that I really strived to teach myself how to use watercolors), and Jean-Pierre Jeunet and his wonderful films.

On staying home
Because being a girl means having hurty feelings sometimes, and because deadlines need to be beaten without losing sleep, I’ve just been at home for the past couple of days. I am pleased to report that I have indeed been productive, so far. The quietness has also been very nice, and all the girly pains aside, I’ve been rather content with the arrangement.

Last night, after cleaning my room, I came upon my extra clay from my past pottery classes. Although I’ve kept them in plastic bags, they still hardened up over the months. I’ve had them for some time now and last night I finally decided to push through with learning how to recycle them. It took a lot of time and energy because I had to hammer the big chunks down to little pieces first before I could rehydrate the clay; my right hand wrist really hurt afterwards. But it worked and my clay is usable again! Thank you, Google, for being such a beacon of knowledge and empowerment.

Before calling it a night (which turned out to be really late because I couldn’t sleep), I had managed to make a mug and a pendant.

It’s the size of a soup bowl right now but ceramic pieces really do shrink considerably when they get fired, and I’m hoping this’ll end up the right size when it’s finished. It’s also my first time to use the coil technique (again, thank you to the internet for the free walkthrough). I hope this piece pulls through! Because I really like it.

And here is the pendant. It’s about the height of the palm of my hand.

I have been working on some cake topper studies also, and tonight I made a prototype of one of my ideas. Behold.

“Oh hey guys! I made a study prototype of a cake topper…”

“..you know, for cakes to celebrate wilted love, uncertain futures, and break-ups of all kinds.”

It didn’t occur to me at all that my plan needed armature to work. I’m still figuring out how to go about it because although I can use air dry clay which dries much sturdier, I really like how white and kind of translucent polymer clay is.

Here is another attempt on a variation of the same topper idea.

Let’s see how things work out!

In other cake news, The Chocolate Kiss Cake Shop is now open! Drop by for some dayap cake and brownies at The Courtyard Building, Sgt. Esguerra, QC.

Aaand back to regular programming! I need to figure out that cake topper…

P.S.
Happy birthday, Tove Jansson!