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|Shai tried the old school way of engraving|
|Tatin dedicated her first bangle to her pet dogs, Tank, Gucci, and Mimi :)|
|Elegant ring by Rita|
1. My first breakfast meal in India. I loved the grilled veggie and cottage cheese cubes.
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.
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.
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.
5. This little Indian girl was telling me something I didn’t understand. I guess it was something about her teeth?
6. Now, we go to Nepal. It’s people were as accommodating to foreigners as we are.
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
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.
9. With three of the Holy High Men we saw in Kathmandu. They thought I was a Nepali.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Now, I wanna come up with an alternative use for these floral paper straws from Hey Kessy other than for drinking and making garlands.
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 :)
1. I had two large tables made. It’s true what they say that having a designated work space in your room improves productivity.
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
3. These beautiful bangles are from Bahia. The owner, Pat, hand-crafted them using hand-woven fabric by the people of Kalinga.
4. Now, I’m missing the Cordilleras even more.
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.
The Geek Room
9in x 9in
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:
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
PS Iya! If you are reading this, send me a photo? Please? :p
Surprisingly, it was way more challenging photographing this papercut headdress than making it! I’m not kidding!
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:
I have yet to figure out how to photograph them properly though. Maybe, I’ll ask my friends to model them for me :p
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! :)
Isa’s hand-bound journal:
I also made a papercut to personalize one of her notebooks:
Limited slots available. You can register here :)
PS I will have a Washi Jewelry Workshop in Davao in August. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested.
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.
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
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. :)
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.
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! :)
And these are the things I bought from fellow makers:
There was also an art installation when we were there. They even had a station where anyone can paint and draw on wooden planks.
Hope we can join again next month. :)