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Brass and Silver Jewelry Workshop

At the first Brass and Silver Jewelry Workshop at Pipino, I taught the participants how to
transform brass into bespoke rings and bangles. I also showed them how to engrave on their pieces using different techniques.

Brass and Silver Jewelry Workshop

Brass and Silver Jewelry Workshop

Brass and Silver Jewelry Workshop

It was exciting seeing their designs being translated from paper to metal!

Brass and Silver Jewelry Workshop

Brass and Silver Jewelry Workshop
Shai tried the old school way of engraving
They came up with jewelry pieces which were not only visually appealing but also comfortable to wear.
Brass and Silver Jewelry Workshop
Anago’s
Brass and Silver Jewelry Workshop
Tatin dedicated her first bangle to her pet dogs, Tank, Gucci, and Mimi :)
Brass and Silver Jewelry Workshop
Elegant ring by Rita
I knew someone would come up with a ring like this! Haha :)

Brass and Silver Jewelry Workshop

Brass and Silver Jewelry Workshop

Brass and Silver Jewelry Workshop

Brass and Silver Jewelry Workshop

Brass and Silver Jewelry Workshop

Brass and Silver Jewelry Workshop

After I taught them how to play and make jewelry with brass, they transferred to Alessa‘s table to make pendants and charms using silver clay.
Brass and Silver Jewelry Workshop
Brass and Silver Jewelry Workshop
Brass and Silver Jewelry Workshop
The workshop was supposed to be just until 6PM, but a lot of us stayed for a little while to make more. It was already dark when everyone started going home, happy with the afternoon’s jewelry pieces :)

India and Nepal in 10 Frames

1. My first breakfast meal in India. I loved the grilled veggie and cottage cheese cubes.

Goals

2. We went up a hill in Jaipur via these elephants. They were enormous! We were told that they would start their day really, like at 7am, and by 12nn, they’d go home to rest. You could see them walking along with cars, motorcycles, and practically everyone else along the road.

Goals

3. The first time I saw the Taj, I was speechless. It reminded me of kingdoms where people and animals live in peace and of the movie A Little Princess.

Goals

4. They were not lying when they said India was all about colors, spices, and details (!!!). Intricate designs are everywhere – shoes, walls, ceilings, textiles, skin, etc. You wouldn’t run out of sources of inspiration when you’re in India.

Goals

5. This little Indian girl was telling me something I didn’t understand. I guess it was something about her teeth?

India and Nepal

6. Now, we go to Nepal. It’s people were as accommodating to foreigners as we are.

Goals

7. We went to a small touristy town on top of a hill – their version of Baguio. On our way up this town, I ate a very delicious chicken meal. Later on, I would find out it wasn’t prepared well and spend the majority of the week in outhouses :s

India and Nepal

8. This is how a typical Nepali meal looks like. It’s composed of rice, curry, veggies, dal (lentil soup), yoghurt, and veggie chips. This photo was taken when we were in Bhaktapur.

India and Nepal

9. With three of the Holy High Men we saw in Kathmandu. They thought I was a Nepali.

Nepal

10. A small portion of the old market in Kathmandu had a vast collection of clay products. I liked the way they arranged their pots, drinking bowls, and vases.

These small bowls are used for a local alcoholic drink.

India and Nepal

Washi-lined Envelopes, Paper Straws, and Resignation

Two weeks into my corporate freedom, I’m able to focus more on crafting and doing the projects I have long been planning for. Yes! I already resigned from work! :) I didn’t expect I’d have worries and hesitations during my last week at work. Before leaving the company I worked for two years, without a part-time office job to inject structure into my everyday life, I was worried I’d be lazy and just bum around the house. But I knew I had to leave.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

On another account, while I was thinking what I’d make for the Stationary Swap on August 10, I found some brown envelopes and lined them with washi. Brown and washi do look good together!

Washi-lined Envelopes

And these are the craft kits I’ve prepared for our workshop last week. Each of the participants’ initial made of cardboard and washi was placed on the cover.

Washi Jewelry July 13

Now, I wanna come up with an alternative use for these floral paper straws from Hey Kessy other than for drinking and making garlands.

Floral Paper Straws

India and Nepal

PS Thanks so much to those who have emailed me regarding the seeds, petals, and leaves. I am sorry for not being able to email you individually, save for Gail – the one who got the package :)

Some Things, End of July

1. I had two large tables made. It’s true what they say that having a designated work space in your room improves productivity.

Food

2. Mawsy and I watched Despicable Me II. The little boy was super happy – that’s an understatement by the way. He started laughing and talking really LOUD when they started showing trailers. He got even more excited and LOUDER when the movie began. Then, I noticed the woman a few seats away was already throwing sharp looks. I just ignored her because I couldn’t and didn’t want to tell Maw to tone down.  He sounded so genuinely happy :p

Mawsy

3. These beautiful bangles are from Bahia. The owner, Pat, hand-crafted them using hand-woven fabric by the people of Kalinga.

Bahia

4. Now, I’m missing the Cordilleras even more.

North

5. This is my current everyday tote bag, the Crafter Power bag designed by Paul for Hey Kessy.

Crafter's Bag

Commission: The Geek Room and Other Papercuts

I made this piece for my friend, Iya. I liked how the white papercut looked like sandwiched between glasses – clean and delicate. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to take a photo.

Papercut

The Geek Room
9in x 9in
115gsm
2013

But to give you an idea how a white piece in double glass frame looks like,  here’s a photo of me holding my Your Skin and Bones papercut:

Papercutting

And here are the pieces I’ve made and framed for the 10a Alabama Arts and Crafts Fair last week. Each is approximately half a bond in size. I washied the wooden frames to make them look craftier :p

Framed Papercuts

Papercut

PS Iya! If you are reading this, send me a photo? Please? :p

Papercut: Headdresses

Surprisingly, it was way more challenging photographing this papercut headdress than making it! I’m not kidding!

Papercut Headdress

It was pretty hard to look for a good angle because the headdress was white and too thin. I used rock paper for this piece. It’s more durable and easier to use if you’re working with intricate designs.

Here are the other papercut headdresses I’ve made recently:

Papercut Headdress

Papercut Headdress

Papercut Headdress

I have yet to figure out how to photograph them properly though. Maybe, I’ll ask my friends to model them for me :p

Papercutting + Bookbinding Worshop on July 28 :)

Isa and I are collaborating to bring you a Papercutting + Bookbinding Workshop. It will be on July 28, Sunday, 2-5PM. Each participant will get a kit containing all the necessary materials to make papercuts and their own journals (practice sheets, templates, personalized cutting mat, frame, washi tape , paper, thread, needles, etc.). Yummy snacks will be served as well! :)

Papercutting + Bookbinding Workshop

Isa’s hand-bound journal:

Workshop on July 28

I also made a papercut to personalize one of her notebooks:

Handbound notebook

Limited slots available. You can register here :)

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PS I will have a Washi Jewelry Workshop in Davao in August. Email me at mansilliana@gmail.com if you are interested.

10a Alabama Fair on Juy 21, Sunday

Hello fellow craft lovers! :)

I will be joining the 10a Alabama Fair this coming Sunday, July 21. As always, I can’t wait to reunite with my Alabama family. Most of these crafty ladies have been my friends ever since Hey Kessy started in 2011.

10a Alabama Fair

Here are some of the things I’ll be selling:

1.       Washi  tapes
2.       Baker’s twines
3.       Rubbercut artwork
4.       Papercut artwork
5.       Brass and ceramic jewelry
6.       Stoneware plates
7.       Rubber stamps

10a Alabama Fair

Hello, Baguio

Brass

10a Fair

10a Alabama

Pocket Garden

I really hope you can drop by the fair and meet some of Manila’s most talented makers and crafters.

PS Here‘s a map to 10a Alabama. :)

98B Future x Saturday Market

The next 98B Future x Saturday Market is this weekend. Unfortunately, I have a workshop and an arts and crafts fair to go to on Saturday and Sunday.

It was my first time to join this fair last month. I am inspired by this group’s advocacy. Through fairs, film showings, artist residencies, art exhibits, and other art events, they aim to revive the beauty of Escolta and educate people, especially younger generations, on how it once was and what it can still continue to become now.

98B

98B

This is the booth I shared with my friends Isa and Jamie. We were surprised because even while we were setting up, there were some who already came up to our spot and bought art from us! :)

98B

98B

10a Fair

And these are the things I bought from fellow makers:

98B

98B

There was also an art installation when we were there. They even had a station where anyone can paint and draw on wooden planks.

98B

98B

Hope we can join again next month. :)