Artsycraftsy interview: Pergy Acuña

Pergy is one of my idols when it comes to papercutting! I found out about her lovely collages through an online community and was so happy when I found out she was a Pinay too! I really admire her patience and imagination when it comes to creating fun, whimsical works of art using paper. She also sews adorable soft sculptures!

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1. Tell us a bit about yourself and your art/craft.

Hello, my name is Pergy, I love moustaches and dreaming fascinates me.
I also enjoy creating stuff by hand.

2. What are your favorite tools in creating art and why do you love them?

I love working with paper, fabric and sharp objects. (scissors, x-acto blade, needles)
I love the feel and look of traditional arts and handmade crafts.

3. Can you tell us about your daily routine or your artistic process?

A lot of my time is spent conceptualizing and doing studies.
Then I get frustrated and ditch the whole idea and start all over again. 😛
After the final idea, I make cleaner pencil studies, then trace them and cut them.

4. What inspires you? What makes you excited?

For instant inspiration there is the internet, I also get inspiration from real life events/moments and people who are deeply passionate about something and anything.  A chance to travel is always exciting.

5. Who are the local and foreign artists you admire the most?

There are many local artists whom I admire, most of them I work with at Ang Ilustrador ng Kabataan.  Dali because his moustache is crazy and we have the same birthday, I also like Magritte, Elsa Mora is such an inspiring woman, a great paper cut artist and a lot more.

6. Most inspiring place in the Philippines?

In my dreams 😀

7. If you were stuck in an island and could only bring one art/craft tool with you, what would it be and why?

Scissors, I can use it to cut and kill for survival.

8. Favorite snack/s while creating art?

Sweet potato , green tea or coffee

9. Earliest childhood memory related to arts/crafts?

Making flower prints using okra and placing old crayons under the sun until they’re soft enough to be molded.

10. As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I wanted to be an astronaut.

11. What’s your current job now?

I’m a freelance illustrator, full-time dreamer and a moustache connoisseur (not really!)

12. Favorite books and/or movies?

Amelie, Fight Club, Little Miss Sunshine, The Science of Sleep, Franny and Zooey / Nine Stories by JD Salinger.

Alice in Wonderland novel and picture books!

13. What is your philosophy when creating/making art?

If a job’s worth doing, it’s worth doing well.

BONUS question:
The Universe starts from scratch and you’re given the chance to be reincarnated as a famous artist. Which artist would you choose and why?

I don’t know, a travelling-singing-kung-fu fighting- artist- monk maybe?

Where can we see your awesome work? (plug away!) What are you working on right now?

My blog:  astartlingdiscovery.blogspot.com
And my collection of facial hair images:  http://mbgentlemensociety.tumblr.com/

Thanks, Pergy!

Images above are all from Pergy’s sites.

Graduation and experimenting with new techniques

It felt so great when I finally graduated from Master Fernando Sena’s art class a few weeks ago. 🙂 It was legit, complete with entrance of colors and a march and speeches!

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I was able to tick off another item in my bucket list, which is to exhibit my artwork:

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Met a lot of new friends and gained lots of new knowledge. I’m glad I attended this class. Thanks for the photos, lovely Jianina!

I’m planning on attending the advanced art classes but since I’m a bit busy with work lately (and low on funds heh), I’m teaching myself as of now with the help of books and trial and error.

Lately I’ve been experimenting with various techniques and art materials. I think pastel and I are friends now. Here’s a nude drawing work in progress. based on a reference photo from my beloved book of vintage lesbian pulp fiction covers. There was text near the butt area so I was a bit confused about the shadowing and contours in that area haha.
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I’m obsessed with grumpy cat! Below are drawings using Mongol Inkjoy ballpoint pens. Fun and challenging!

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Mixed media collage using magazine cutouts and watercolor. I call this “Imagined galaxies: where flowers explode in bloom and the seven suns wander freely”

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I’m learning so much from the online art course in coursera! For our first assignment related to Surrealism, I made this using pastel and magazine cutouts:

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I didn’t realize that there were so many surrealist techniques! I like cubomania:

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Quick fashion sketches using my fave pens:
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Book Making Workshop at 98B

I was lucky enough to secure a slot in 98B’s Independent Book Making Workshop last June 9. I’ve always been fascinated with handmade books bound with love so I jumped at this chance to learn more techniques.

Because I was too excited, I arrived two hours earlier and explored the Escolta area for a bit. Ended up eating at the quaint Escolta Ice Cream and Snacks, where I had hearty chicken adobo and two scoops of Big Scoop mint choco chip ice cream–my fave! I had two hours to spare so I started drawing–I’m teaching myself how to draw using only a ballpoint pen. I like it more than drawing with a pencil since it  forces me to accept that mistakes are part of the entire learning process:
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Before the workshop started, I browsed through some of the wares and books in 98B’s library:

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We were going to be taught by Mira Asriningtyas and Dito Yuwono from Yogyakarta Indonesia. They showed us some beautiful handmade books and I couldn’t decide on a favorite–they were all so lovely and interesting:

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This one has tea leaves inside:

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Here’s Mira telling us about Lir–which reminds me of the old Cubao X/Collective. They have several artsy activities and gatherings, with some using the lush forest as backdrop. I’d love to have the chance to visit them someday!

The 1st technique involved one piece of paper folded into eight and gutted in the middle. This is what I use in making my zines and this is also what the local magazine Juice uses. It’s economical, easy and cheaper to mail. They used both sides of the paper and printed a photo at the back which can be used as a poster:

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Then we were taught accordion-style folding and sewing with signatures:
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I experimented with all the types of binding and came up with these:Image

New friends! Hello Corrine and Aliah, thanks again for the stickers–can’t wait to use them! 🙂
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Thanks for the awesome workshop, 98B, Mira and Dito! 98B has an upcoming event this Saturday called SaturdayMarketXFutureMarket. Learn more about 98B here.