Artsycraftsy interview: Ella Lama

I was able to meet Ella through my good friend Geli and am so grateful our paths crossed this lifetime. Thank you Geli for introducing me to your “sister” Ella haha. I admire her work ethics and her creativity and she’s one of the people I look up to when it comes to marketing one’s services and products. Her playful and colorful designs always makes me smile as well!

Check out her lovely works below:

I felt very honored when she included my desk (well, a cleaner and neater version of it haha) in her #100days100desks project in instagram! I love that it had milk tea and my book tower in the artwork haha.

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1. Tell us a bit about yourself and your art/craft.
– My name is Ella and I like drawing things. I started illustrating letters in 2012 and now I’ve expanded my drawing interests to include wildlife and everyday objects (I don’t have the guts to draw people yet!). I also have my own line of paper goods (with fabric products  coming soon!) which I sell at art fairs and at Common Room.

2. What are your favorite tools in creating art and why do you love them?
– I can live with a pencil, a brush pen (Zebra super fine tip), a sketch pad and tracing paper. I am having a digital phase right now, so all of my drawings are black and white and then I color them on the computer. When I do go analog I like playing with markers and more recently, gouache.

3. Can you tell us about your daily routine or your artistic process?
– I usually start my day with admin work so I don’t have to think about them anymore: replying to emails, paying taxes, making deliveries, etc. Then I do client work or if I don’t have any pending commissions I work on designing and prototyping stuff for my line. I finish the day by working on personal projects.

I work pretty long hours (from 10am to 2am sometimes) with multiple breaks in between. I also find that I take direction better in the morning so I choose to work on client commissions then.

4. What inspires you? What makes you excited?
– A lot of things! Nature, travel, milk tea, cute and fluffy animals, candy, books, product packaging, Japanese culture, sweets, basically anything! I always take notes of things that I find interesting and whenever I feel stuck I go over my notes to get ideas.

5. Who are the local and foreign artists you admire the most?
– Locally I admire Risa Rodil for her color sense, Kat Santos for her passion for learning and improving, Drea Dela Cruz and Denver Garza for their willingness to try new things, Cynthia Arre for her adaptability, Roma and Maan Agsalud for their work ethic, and Marcella Suller for her distinct drawing style. I also am inspired by (though not stylistically) Valerie Chua, Alexandra Paredes, Fran Alvarez, John Ed De Vera, Leigh Reyes, among many others.

I have an equally long list of foreign artists that have influenced me in my journey as an artist: Anna Bond, Lauren Hom, Jessica Hische, Mary Kate McDevitt, Katie Daisy, Julia Rothman, Kate Bingaman-Burt, Aiko Fukawa, Toshiyuki Fukuda, Bodil Jane, Mike Lowery, Helen Dardik, and many, many, many more.

6. Most inspiring place in the Philippines?
– Whenever I go to Baguio (or anywhere high in altitude) I feel relaxed and inspired. My friend, a meditation teacher, says it may have something to do with literally elevating my energy to meet the energy of the cosmos or something like that. I like to think in simpler terms: that I function better in cool weather.

Whenever I feel the need to ward off self-doubt or an impending creative block, I go to UP Diliman. I went there for college and it has taught me a lot about humility and hard work.

7. If you were stuck in an island and could only bring one art/craft tool with you, what would it be and why?
– I may be overthinking this, but I’d bring a camera with me, so I can make art out of materials in the island and digitize that with the camera. (What happens after the battery is drained? I haven’t considered that!)

8. Favorite snack/s while creating art?
Milk tea!!!!!

9. Earliest childhood memory related to arts/crafts?
– When I was in grade 4 I made dresses for my paper dolls (the selections that came with the package were too limited!). I liked drawing clothes so much that I made a coloring book featuring a girl named “Kate” for my younger sister.

10. As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
– An astronaut! And then I got into journalism and wanted to become a writer. Then in high school my dreams became really vague: I just wanted to be filthy rich!!! To make the long story short, when I was a kid I didn’t dream of being an artist hahaha

11. What’s your current job now?
My official job title is “Punong Abala” in my own small creative business.

12. Favorite books and/or movies?
My recent favorites include Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert, If on a winter’s night a traveller by Italo Calvino, The Icarus Deception by Seth Godin, So Good They Can’t Ignore You by Cal Newport.

I don’t watch a lot of movies but my interests vary greatly from Inception to Begin Again to Spirited Away to Paddington.

13. What is your philosophy when creating/making art?
– “The outcome does not matter.” I’ve got this from Elizabeth Gilbert’s Big Magic. As someone who is making a living through art, sometimes I get too conscious about and let the market decide what I make. I constantly need to remind myself that the act of creating is what’s important, and eventually my work will find a market for itself.

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?
–  If I have the chance to be reincarnated as someone else, I’d probably choose to live as Johannes Gutenberg, the inventor of the printing press. I have so much love for print that I cannot imagine my life without paper and ink. He may not be an artist technically but the technology he introduced to the world enabled a lot of people to express their thoughts and to reach a wider audience.

Where can we see your awesome work?
– I am on Instagram (@ella_lama) and on Facebook (facebook.com/EllaDoodles). I also (irregularly) talk about my work and process on my website (ellalama.com).

My merch is sold in art fairs, at Common Room in Katipunan and Rockwell, Buku-buku Cafe in Las Piñas, and soon at The Craft Central in Greenbelt.

What are you working on right now?
– I am working on new items for the holidays and my new 100-day project, #100days100desks.

(Note: Ella and @hueandai started a color challenge called #colorexploration in instagram too! I joined them and so can you–just check out @colorexploration or #colorexploration)

All images are from ellalama.com.

Thanks, Ella! 🙂

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Artsycraftsy interview: Fran Alvarez

I think I was blog-hopping when I first saw the artworks of Fran. I listed her as one of my fave local artists in my listography site. Months later, much to my surprise and delight, I actually got to meet her in person in some event, where I fangirled like a creeper haha. I love the way she combines color and layers images. I like staring at her detailed artworks and admiring the meticulous brushwork. They’re all so lovely and inspiring!ImageImageImageImageImage

1. Tell us a bit about yourself and your art/craft.
Hello I am Fran and I am a restless graphic designer and illustrator who likes merienda time, likes making things, and who is trying to do everything.

2. What are your favorite tools in creating art and why do you love them?
Watercolors, in different opacities. I love the medium first because of how it looks on paper: sometimes it’s barely there, sometimes it’s really heavy. I used to hate it and couldn’t handle it to save my life but it taught me how to be patient. It’s one of the most challenging mediums I had to teach myself to get used to but I love it now.

3. Can you tell us about your daily routine or your artistic process?
I work as a graphic designer at Studio Dialogo, so I guess my routine generally revolves around this. Having a day job has helped me become more disciplined with my work and manage my time better. Bonus talaga na sa creative field ako nagtatrabaho, with wonderful people I really admire.

When working I like having music on, preferably an album or artist I haven’t heard before, or an audiobook. Basta bago, so I don’t fall asleep haha! I work the best when the sun is out, right after I’ve had my morning Milo fix. When I’m stuck in a creative block, I do something non-drawing related para ma-reset utak ko. I play a song on the guitar, kahit isa lang. Or I read something with no pictures at all. Or I eat *whistles*.

4. What inspires you? What makes you excited?
I always get something out of traveling, kahit jeepney rides lang. Natutuwa ako sa iba’t ibang combination ng mga tao at a given place and time. My friends inspire me, their dedication to craft in the different fields they’re in. I also like nature very much, especially flowers and leaves, because every one is different.

5. Who are the local and foreign artists you admire the most?
Naku, how do I even mention everyone haha. In no particular order:
local: Robert Alejandro, my work mates at Dialogo Rommel Joson, Liza Flores, Abi Goy, Electrolychee’s Bru Sim and Marcus Nada, Serg Bumatay, Riel Hilario, Farley del Rosario, Marina Cruz, the talented Santoses Soler, Mona, Luis and Carina, Nona Garcia, Geraldine Javier. A lot more!

For foreign, Brecht Evens, Chris Ware, Oliver Jeffers, Jon Klassen, Lisbeth Zwerger, Shaun Tan, Carson Ellis, Chris Van Alsburg, Wolf Erlbruch, Chun Eun Sil, Albrecht Durer, David Wiesner, Louise Fili, Christopher Corr, Ernst Haeckel, Paula Scher, Maira Kalman, Sara Fanelli, Aya Kato.

6. Most inspiring place in the Philippines?
Wherever the ocean is.

7. If you were stuck in an island and could only bring one art/craft tool with you, what would it be and why?
Depende, may wilderness ba sa island na ito? Haha. Unstretched canvas, to keep me warm, to catch fish, build a fort, climb trees. And…I would eat some if I needed to.

8. Favorite snack/s while creating art?
Juice.

9. Earliest childhood memory related to arts/crafts?
When I was in kinder they made us color pages off coloring books. My cousin, who was also my classmate, colored the atis page on his book all black. Also, when I was four, I used to watch Grease everyday in the morning. Grease is a piece of art, right? Right?

10. As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Whatever I thought would make everyone happy.

11. What’s your current job now?
What I do best, and what makes me happy. 🙂 I do graphic design, sometimes illustration, most of the time crazy shenanigans at Studio Dialogo.

12. Favorite books and/or movies?
Books:
“You Shall Know Our Velocity” by Dave Eggers
“Strange Pilgrims” by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
“Fruitcake” by the Eraserheads
“Smaller and Smaller Circles” by FH Batacan
“Through the Looking Glass” by Lewis Caroll
the GoT series.

Movies:
Sukiyaki Western Django
Chunking Express
Rocket Science
Amelie
The Town
Spirited Away
Sandalang Bahay
Tribu.

Grease. :p

Bonus uncalled-for music favorites: The Eraserheads and Leslie Feist.

13. What is your philosophy when creating/making art?
Do all things with great love.

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?

Ang hirap! Can I be a bougainvillea instead?

Where can we see your awesome work? (plug away!)

francesalvarez.com is where everything is at, awesome, ugly, in progress, ramblings 🙂

Thanks Fran!

All photos are taken from Fran’s website (http://francesalvarez.com/).

Artsycraftsy interview: Aleyn Comprendio

When it comes to photography, Aleyn is truly one of my idols. I think of her photos as pages in a picture book: Dreamy, a bit mysterious and full of stories. I think it’s very fitting that I actually got to meet her because of a story involving a book, and how I recently bumped into her inside a bookstore. I’m so happy she loves books so much as I do!

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

Hello! I’m Aleyn and I love to take pictures.

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

My Pentax k1000 and whatever 35mm film I can get my hands on.

I love them for the magic they give on my photographs. They help me make things happen.

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

It depends on my mood. I can be very productive at one point and be totally useless on another.

4. What inspires you? What makes you excited?

It always makes me so happy when I’m able to find interesting and inspiring blogs and websites.

Stories of people and stories from books inspire me greatly.

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

Far too many! I’m afraid I’ll miss out on one so I’ll just be safe and say that the artist I admire most is my dad.

6. Most inspiring place in the Philippines?
Ilocos Norte.

If I had the money, I’ll buy a lot there and build a house on top of a cliff overlooking the sea.

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

A really thick book of short stories. I need to get back to reading more so it’s good place to start. I love novels more but I might finish it in one sitting if it’s too good and may not be able to do anything after.

I thought of bringing my camera but since I can only bring one thing, I won’t be able to produce anything with just a camera and no film. Or a just film without a camera.

8. Favorite snack/s while creating art?

Well, it’s actually kind of hard to eat and shoot at the same time but when I’m sorting out photos, I love having a cup of tea and and some cupcakes around.

9. Earliest childhood memory related to arts/crafts?

There’s actually too many but I’ll just share my faves and that would be doing cross stitch on top of a tree and making tote bags using discarded cloths from my aunt’s sewing shop. I think was 10 when I did all these.

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

I wanted to be a businesswoman because I used to sell stickers that you use as earrings to my classmates in 2nd grade and I thought you can just become one by doing just that.

11. What’s your current job now?

Head of Concept Development and Senior Video Editor. I’m also assigned to design the company collaterals and main office.

12. Favorite books and/or movies?

The Anne Series by L.M. Montgomery, The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli, Every Day by David Levithan and The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Flipped (I like the book too!), Stardust (I like the book as well!), Harry Potter Series (I’m torn between liking the book or the movie more), Wes Anderson and Jane Campion films and a billion others.

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

“Everything has its beauty but not everyone sees it.” -helps me to truly capture something extraordinary in the ordinary.

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 wish to be Tim Walker because I love all his work. His photos are so beautiful and ethereal!

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

www.aleyncomprendio.com

If you wish to purchase my postcard sets, you can order them here:
http://aleyncomprendio.bigcartel.com/product/windswept-letters-postcard-set

Thanks Aleyn!

All photos are taken from Aleyn’s blog and website.

Artsycraftsy interview: Andrea Cervantes of Berunagirl

I first saw the lovely artwork of Andrea in a Heima design talk event, a long time ago. Artists were tasked to create artworks using MT washi tape and her papercut art was one of my faves. Since I couldn’t forget it, I tracked her down and discovered how talented and creative she is (she’s also super nice in person, btw!). It’s also interesting how she is able to incorporate her fave shows/movies into her artworks–She makes quirky notebooks called Fandom Jots (I have my eye on that one featuring Tolkien, heh).

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

I’m Andrea, and I love creating things with paper and pixels. Right now I work as a packaging designer during the day and starting as a freelance artist/designer/crafter/notebook maker at night.

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

I’ve been cutting things with X-acto knives since I was in grade school, and I’ve never been able to put them down! I can’t explain why I like them – my dad bought a set for himself but I ended up using them on paper like pencils.

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

I go to work in the morning – my job at the packaging factory is more engineering than design, and it enables the logical side of my brain to work. It helps a lot because I can approach a freelance design work at a different angle. I walk home during the afternoons, and this is where I get inspired the most – I work at one of the industrial zones near Mt. Makiling, and it’s SUPER refreshing to be in an environment with less pollution and more nature. I work on design things at night, and although there are disadvantages (I can’t take pretty pics of my work, and sometimes I fall asleep on the job) I get things done.

I learned having a design workflow in college (brief, research, studies, critique, approval, execution, feedback); I like spending more time in research though.

4. What inspires you? What makes you excited?

I’ve missed out a lot on most things – I rarely go to design events because I don’t live in the city – so what inspires me is catching up on all the things I’ve missed.

I have lots of things to learn about crafting, graphic design, typography, and figure drawing, because until recently I was very hesitant to develop my skills. I’ve been drawing, crafting, and doing these kinds of work ever since I can remember, but I stopped doing all these when I forced myself into industrial design for the sake of “deserving” a degree in it… so it’s about catching up, skills-wise, too. I have a list of things that I’d like to try out – treatments, styles, or a new technique from Pinterest, tumblr, Behance, and the blogs I follow – and those drive me a lot.

Catching up on all those things is very frustrating at times but I get so happy when I finally try things out.

I also love reading things, watching movies and documentaries, and following TV series. I like narratives. I can spend my whole day in a library or in front of my laptop, reading and watching random things, and some of the things I read and watch go into what I make. Some of my works are fanart because I’m so inspired by the show/movie and fascinated by the community/fandom interaction in general.

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

Right now? There are lots of design studios opening in the Philippines now and I’m so excited for them, you have no idea. I’ve been following studios like And A Half Design Studio, Plus63 Design Co., Heima Home and Lifestyle, and VGrafiks Design. I love what they do to Filipino design as a contribution to global design, and I love that the Pinoy thing comes out naturally and not overtly expressed. I love collaborations with small groups. They’re doing things I wanted to do since college.

I love the new crop of Filipino graphic designers and illustrators – those I meet in tumblr and Behance, and the self-taught ones. Suddenly, I want to call myself a graphic designer. If I had tumblr and Behance back in the day and met friends like these online when I was unsure and starting out, things might have been clearer for me.

I’ll always be awed by Art Nouveau, and I’m not afraid to share that to anyone.

6. Most inspiring place in the Philippines?

Walking around the UP Diliman and UPLB campuses inspires me a lot. I see these students walking under huge, decades-old trees, and I tell myself that the world is OK.

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

Definitely my X-acto knife.

8. Favorite snack/s while creating art?

Agh, my mom trained us not to eat while working on our desks since we were kids so I don’t eat while I work and I take breaks in the kitchen instead! (I like drinking milk during breaks though.)

9. Earliest childhood memory related to arts/crafts?

My relatives exposing me to church and folk art in Malolos, Bulacan, where my mom grew up. I loved going to old houses and churches and looking at local paintings and old furniture, although I didn’t understand why I was fascinated by all of it until I went to college.

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

Never answered this question when I was a kid! When asked, I’d look up at my teacher and say “shh, wait, can’t you see I’m drawing?”

11. What’s your current job now?

Still drawing while making boxes. CONSISTENCY hahahaha!

12. Favorite books and/or movies?

I CAN’T LIST EVERYTHING, I AM SORRY. But: I credit Jessica Zafra and Kurt Vonnegut for my absurd outlook in life, Terry Gilliam for challenging me to make impossible leaps, and C. S. Lewis for my imagination.

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

The constant thing that happens in life (especially in mine) is mistakes. Never forget that most of them can be undone, and can be improved. Don’t be afraid of “panget,” things will sort itself out accordingly.

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’ve been thinking about a lot of painters and illustrators whose skills I want to have, but I have to say I’d want to be filmmaker/artist/designer/Python Terry Gilliam. He does everything and he’s not afraid of anything.

Where can we see your awesome work? What are you working on right now?

I am rebuilding my site at berunagirl.net, so you can add me at berunagirl.tumblr.com for some updates. I also sell handmade notebooks at etsy.com/shop/berunagirlpapers.

Recently, I made some wall prints for Heima’s Brixton store, you can check them out there or in their website. 🙂

Thanks Andrea! 🙂

All images are from Andrea’s site.

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.

Artsycraftsy interview: Yas Doctor

I’ve always been intrigued by the sketchbooks of artists and how they give me a glimpse of their adventures and how they see the world. The sketchbook art of Yas is particularly interesting. Her sketches of food fascinate me with their quirkiness and detail. This quirkiness is evident in her other works as well. I am blown away by her skills and creativity in making art using various kinds of medium–I’ve seen her fantastic works using acrylic paint, polymer clay, watercolor and even rubbercuts! Idol!

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

Hello, I’m Yas Doctor and I’m an illustrator / painter based in Manila.

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

Before, I’m into oil and acrylic. Watercolor was a huge pain at first so it took me some time to get used to it. Now, I mostly work with watercolor and acrylic but I’m going back to using oil, it’s been a while since I opened my bottle of linseed. Why I love to use them? I don’t know, I guess I enjoy using them. 🙂

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

I do my best to wake up before 9. It’s best that I don’t go beyond that. Then do my usual day-to-day home chores. After that, it’s the work area.

When an idea pops in my head, I hold on it and tweak it later on. When this happens, I know I’m on the right path. Otherwise, I work on different studies until I can come up with something useful. Sometimes I go for a walk to help organize my thoughts.

4. What inspires you? What makes you excited?

Traveling. Meeting, seeing different people and places and experiencing new cultures. I like that feeling of going to a different place and then coming home, going back to your work area feeling refreshed and ready to work.

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

MTM (How 90s of me)

6. Most inspiring place in the Philippines?

The Cordilleras. I wish I owned a hardcore SUV or a pick-up and so I could just drive around the region. Sagada, for me, is completely love at first sight.

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

Paper + a non-art tool: a box of matches. Burn some scrap wood and you have charcoal. Also, you can use the box of matches until you learn how to make fire.

8. Favorite snack/s while creating art?

Chips. Haha! I drink lots of tea or coffee while working.

9. Earliest childhood memory related to arts/crafts?

Playing with my father’s art materials and scraps in his studio.

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

I wanted to be a saint. I thought it was an awesome job. You get to travel a lot! But then you’ll get tortured and get killed.

11. What’s your current job now? 

Freelance illustrator / painter

12. Favorite books and/or movies?

Ernest Hemingway’s “A Moveable Feast”  / “In the mood for love”

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

Always be curious: jot down notes, work on some doodles, and take photos if you have to!

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?

Oh, this is difficult. If the Universe starts from scratch and I’m given the chance to be reincarnated, well, I hope I end up being good person and have some of the qualities of the artists I idolize. I hope that’s not too much and I hope I made sense. 🙂

Where can we see your awesome work? What are you working on right now?

Right now, I’m working on a commissioned project and I’m still working on my studies. You can check some of my works on behance.net/yasdoctor. 🙂

Thanks Yas!

All images taken from the behance site of Yas Doctor (behance.net/yasdoctor)

Artsycraftsy interview: Goldie Poblador

One of the local artists I really admire, I love how Goldie finds inspiration from nature and her surroundings. Soulful and introspective, her artistic explorations tend to engage all of your senses. My favorite would have to be her handmade glass vessels containing various handmade scents, all with that local flavor.

Like Goldie, I too am mystified by glass and how it is formed and created. I’m crossing my fingers that I get to learn more about working with glass from her soon!

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

Hi, I am Goldie and I started blowing glass in 2009 for my Bachelor of Fine Arts thesis project that was focused on using the olfactory sense of perception as a medium in fine art. I was very interested in new media and installation art and was interested in expressing my concerns about society in a different way. Subsequently I became interested in glass sculpting in order to create the vessels to contain the scents that were the vehicle for my narratives. I have been aggressively pursuing this art form ever since. I have fallen in love with the material.

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

I love my torch and borosilicate glass. Glass has always carried a mystery around its creation and I believe that as a medium, it is often taken for granted but if thought about carefully one will notice that a life without glass would be quite hard. We would not have wonderful magnifying tools that have aided in the advancement in our technology.

My true love for glass stems from the nature of its working process. When it melts it becomes liquid and one is only left with a certain amount of time to shape it before it becomes solid again. It is a beautiful medium that is often a mystery to me everyday that I work in my studio.

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

I wake up, brew myself some espresso, and get to work. I sometimes walk around or spend time time in nature to find some interesting shapes or stories. If I am working on a major body of work, I often spend months researching. I love the library. I cannot work without music.

4. What inspires you? What makes you excited?

History, The Subconscious, movies, music, different periods of art, literature, science, technology, nature, meditation. Random moments in everyday life. Pain, Happiness, Heartbreak, Release, Introspection, Mythology. People who are willing to connect and communicate make me excited. Conversation makes me excited. Books make me excited.

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

Josiah McElheny, Emilio Santini, Lucio Bubacco, Aya Takano, Hayao Miyazali, Kara Walker, Kiki Smith, Cai Guo-Qiang, Dale Chihuly, Hokusai, Maurizio Cattelan, Anish Kapoor, Nicholas Africano,  Stanislav Libensky, Gyorgy Gaspar, Matt Eskuche, Rodel Tapaya, Marina Cruz, Roberto Feleo, Leo Abaya, Lirio Salvador, Sandro Boticelli, Vincent Van Gogh, Lucas Cranach and this list can go on forever.

6. Most inspiring place in the Philippines?

Recto.

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

A knife. So I can hunt for meat as well.

8. Favorite snack/s while creating art?

Espresso 🙂

9. Earliest childhood memory related to arts/crafts?

Pretending I was mixing coloured water in the bathroom.

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

A vet.

11. What’s your current job now?

Self Employed Artist.

12. Favorite books and/or movies?

Books:  One Hundred Years of Solitude, Haruki Murakami, Still Life with Woodpecker, The Fountainhead, The House of Spirits, The Shadow of the Wind, Anais Nin, Like Water for Chocolate, Outliers, The Princess Bride, Carl Jung, The End of Mr. Y, Dogeaters, Ermita, Where the Sidewalk Ends, Pippi Longstocking, and the list can go on forever.

Movies: Il Postino, Being John Malkovich, Eraserhead, Henry and June, Pretty Baby, The Hour of the Wolf, The Godfather series, Chungking Express

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

Nulla e dificile a chi ama – Cicero ( Nothing is difficult if you have love)

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 would like to be Anais Nin and celebrate beauty and  womanhood and live a life of pleasure, romance and adventure.

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

You can see my work in the Lopez Museum (Grounded)  and The Metropolitan Museum of Manila (Riverscapes)

Visit my website for more info: www.goldieland.com

Thanks Goldie!

All images are taken from the Goldieland website (www.goldieland.com)

Artsycraftsy interview: Wiji Lacsamana

Wiji, for me, will always be the quintessential Jill of all trades. She does graphic design, crafts, illustrates, and is a tattoo artist!

Her works are enchanting, whimsical and filled with good vibes.  They take me to a nice place, where bunnicorns live in perfect harmony with mermaids and llamas.

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

I am Wiji, I am technically a freelance illustrator and tattooer but honestly am a freelance dabbler–my studio/home is called The Curious Studio because I am very much curious.  I like learning and playing with many things; I currently illustrate, I embroider, I do calligraphy, I tattoo, I make accessories when the mood strikes, I try to do pottery too. Oh the possibilities.

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

I am in love with watercolor paints–there is always something quiet but whimsical about watercolored pieces.  Each accident is always magical.  I like needles and thread though, I currently am in love with embroidery but I am always looking into new things I can do with them. In terms of tattooing, I have recently explored the beauty of rotary machines and that I need to be investing in more.

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

I think I have finally reached the age where I wake up early (9am–a vast contrast to my early 20s, when I woke up around 3pm).  When I wake up I have coffee, it is imperative that I have coffee! Then I open my laptop and get inspired (aka browse blogs, pinterest, etc).  I have a notebook where I list most of the things I need to accomplish for the day and then I do so.  If the day’s task involves digital illustration or design, I of course keep my laptop open (and try to blog in between and send emails to clients, too).  Otherwise, I shut it off and illustrate/paint.  I realize that the mood of my work is often affected by the music I listen to.  Lately, I’ve been on a classical music binge. I work/paint until about 3 or 4pm then I try to do yoga or pilates in between and then after a quick shower, hopefully re-energized, I go back to what I was doing.  Two to three times a week I accept tattoo clients, and when I have tattoo clients for the day I usually schedule them after lunch.

4. What inspires you? What makes you excited?

Nature and travel excites and motivates me a lot.  Trips to the beach, most specially.  Or anywhere I get to clearly see the sky.  I love celestial things.  I love the moon! I love the stars! I get inspired when I see plants I’ve never seen before, I get inspired when the mood of the music I listen to coincides with the beauty of what I see in trips.  I always have to have music during trips as much as I have to have music when I draw or paint.

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

I’ve been in love with a lot of local painter’s Buen Calubayan’s work.  I also like Zeus Bascon’s stuff a lot! I was talking to my friend the other day about how maybe this could be another golden age of the Philippine art scene.  There are so many emerging great talents!  As for foreign artists, I’ve always been a big fan of Edward Gorey since I was about three, I think.  I love Craig Thompson, too.  And Jillian Tamaki and James Jean!

6. Most inspiring place in the Philippines?

Ahh, Batanes and Palawan. To think that there are so many more places I have to go to.

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

A pencil, I guess. Because it all began with that.

8. Favorite snack/s while creating art?

Pretzels!

9. Earliest childhood memory related to arts/crafts?

One of my earliest memories involve me and drawing on the back of the books I saw at home.  But I have a very fond memory of creating a zine with my then neighbor, Albert.  He would write stories, and I would draw and do the layout.  We called it RM: Reader’s Magazine! Haha, it was an ode to the Readers’ Digest ones we saw around our house.

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

I wanted to be an astronaut! (But I found out that maybe you needed to be good at math to be one…). I always loved science, especially when it involved celestial stuff.

11. What’s your current job now?

I am a freelance illustrator and tattooer.

12. Favorite books and/or movies?

Books: The Catcher in the Rye, Blankets, Sputnik Sweetheart, Kitchen, Norwegian Wood, The Shrinking of Treehorn
Movies: Reality Bites, Dazed and Confused,  In the Mood for Love, Amelie, Midnight in Paris, The Royal Tenenbaums

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

It has to be natural, it should be sincere.

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?

Tough, tough, tough question! Because I’ve been obsessed with Etienne Leopold Trouvelot lately, I’ll say him. (Although dammit, there are so many others I’d like to be too!) He was an entomologist and astronomer to begin with, and well I’ve always loved looking at the sky.  And then he began drawing the skies, and plants and animals. Did you know that a crater on the moon was named after him?

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

An organized compilation of my work can be found at http://cargocollective.com/TheCuriousStudio.  For my daily adventures, please feel free to visit http://thecuriousstudio.blogspot.com.  I just launched my new babies, which I call Radioactive Mushrooms in the Forest--these are wanderlust scarves, all designs printed on them are from photos I took on some of my travels. I am also currently working on concepts for my first solo exhibit!

Thanks, Wiji!

All images above were taken from The Curious Studio website.

Artsycraftsy interview: Tippy of the Googly Gooeys

Gotta love an artist with a quirky sense of humor! Tippy from the Googly Gooeys shares with us her favorite tools and childhood dreams. Tippy is also a fantastic crafter (I love her mini clay props) and her watercolored works look so charming–
I think they’d look perfect in a children’s book. A girl after my own heart, she loves color too and you can see proof of it in the luscious photographs that she takes.

I always head to their site when I need a quick pick-me-upper, their posts certainly brighten up my day!

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1. Hi, Tippy! Tell us a bit about yourself.
Hello! I’m Tippy.  I’m the cartoonist behind the Googly Gooeys.  I love, love, love colors.  I’m left handed and I write with my paper turned 90 degrees clockwise.  Most of the time, I really have no idea as to what I’m doing and why I’m doing it but I just do it because it makes me happy?

2. What are your favorite tools in creating art & why do you love them?
Laptop – I mostly do my lay-outs and comics here.  I do them with my trusty track pad.  I have yet to own a tablet and I hope to own & learn how to use one (or claim ownership of my hubby’s tablet) soon!

Calligraphy Pen, Ink, Watercolor Set & Watercolor Brushes – Before computers became common (and I just totally gave my age away!), I used to do everything by hand.  I would doodle with markers.  I had this Crayola calligraphy marker set when I was in grade school which I would bring with me all the time.  I almost forgot about how much I loved doing handmade stuff until I got injured last year.   Since I had more time to sit down (because I couldn’t walk as much), I finally had time to explore, re-learn and learn new stuff.  Initially, I thought that doing handmade things would take away time from developing my style digitally but recently, I’m just amazed as how it could actually affect one’s understanding of all those tools and brushes available.

Scissors & Double-sided Tape – There’s just so much stuff that you can do with a pair of scissors (which is so cliché and unoriginal of me, I know) and there’s double-sided tape for people who are crammers or people who want instant results like me 😉

Camera – I love taking pictures of non-living things.  I love making them, arranging them and taking pictures of them.

3. Can you tell us about your daily routine or your artistic process?
Step 1: Wake up.
Step 2: Gather inspiration pegs from allover (even though most of the time they don’t have anything to do with my current project and I’m just totally fangirling around the worldwide web. Haha.)
Step 3: Check to-do list / Create a new one.
Step 4: Work on project / projects.
Step 5: Try not to get tempted with side projects / personal projects.
Step 6: Give in to personal projects in between deadlines anyway.
Step 7: Get back to work & submit work to client (optional: take a photo / screenshot of it & upload on Instagram)
Step 8: Tape the piece of personal project on the wall (or take a photo of it on Instagram. Hihi.)

For blogging:
Step 1: Finally have the sense of urgency that people need to read new stuff on the blog.
Step 2: Cram & chase the golden hour of uploading and hope that creative juices will flow because of the pressure or hopefully be saved by the notebook of potential plots & stories for the blog.
Step 3: Edit the colors, edit the lay-out (or sometimes scrap the whole story).
Step 4: Upload &update all social networking sites.
Step 5: Work on other projects until it’s time to create a new cartoon.
Step 6 (Optional): Write fresh new ideas upon stepping out of the bathroom.

4. What inspires you? What makes you excited?
I’m always inspired by new color combinations and and the revival of some design elements. Most of the time, my motivation to move on to another project or create a new cartoon is to get the chance to mix new colors, elements and props!?  I’m also excited about being able to learn new things and techniques and improving my craft.

5. Who are the local & foreign artists that you admire the most?
Local: Rossy Yabut & the Heima team, Fozzy Dayrit, Valerie Chua, Aleyn Comprendio & Dan Matutina
Foreign: Garance Dore, James Gulliver Hancock, Katie Evans, Katie Rodgers, Anna Rifle Bond & Beci Orpin

6. Most inspiring place in the Philippines
I really think people should all go to Sagada & experience the sunrise in Kiltepan.  You have to be there at around 4/4:30am.  You’ll see the sun rise across the horizon while the clouds are waaaay below your feet!  When the sun finally decides to show itself, the clouds beneath you will part to reveal a majestic view of rice terraces.
Moments like this make you realize how much you’re missing out on life when you’re so engrossed with your day-to-day tasks and deadlines! (This is me talking to myself).

7. If you were stuck in an island and could only bring one art & craft tool with you, what would it be and why?
*Stares at paper bags of art materials brought for the weekend spent out-of-town and sighs*
Waahh! This is difficult.  Can I just have my laptop & wi-fi connection? Hahaha.   How long will I be stuck in that island so that I can compute what kind of tool I need to bring before it totally gets destroyed? Clearly, I don’t travel light 😛

8. Favorite snacks while creating art
Royal Dansk Wafers, KitKat Dark, Tea, Macarons & Panna Cotta

9. Earliest childhood memory related to arts / crafts?
It was our assignment to color in this rooster in pre-school.  I didn’t have any concept of color combinations back then but I was so amazed when my dad introduced me to the use of primary colors instead of pulling out random hues from my box.  Looking back, I don’t know if having a red, yellow and blue rooster really made any sense but that was my first ever lesson on color schemes ?

I also had this final project in pre-school where we were supposed to draw the seven days of creation.  My mom and aunt were so worried because I was underage—I was one year younger than my classmates.  They didn’t know where they should buy posters and such that I could just cut them up and we could all make a collage out of it.  I finally managed to draw all seven pages in my own crude little way.  I don’t really remember how it looked like but there was a bit of relief and fulfillment when it was done.  I knew I at least had something to pass. That was my first real project.

10. As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
At first I wanted to be an astronaut.  Sometimes, I had dreams about being able to fly.  Then they told me there were only a few astronauts who made it so I wanted to be a doctor instead.  Then I discovered that I’ll have to study forever if I wanted to become a doctor so I wanted to be an inventor or engineer since I thought drawing & measuring things was fun.   Finally, when I graduated from high school, I had the choice of taking up Civil Engineering or Management Engineering.  I took the latter.
While I was growing up, I would always stare at the stuff they sell in stationery stores and daydream about being to buy all the art materials I wanted to buy as a kid when I was older.  I’m happy to have fulfilled that dream. Haha.

11. What’s your current job now?
57% of the time, I would help out in the family business while 43% of the time, I blog, design & take pictures.

12. Favorite books and/or movies?
I’m not necessarily into books since I easily get distracted when I’m reading.  I must admit I enjoyed the whole Malcolm Gladwell series of books though.   I enjoy reading short essays from magazines such as Frankie, Time & Glamour UK—I know that’s such an odd mix of magazine titles! 😛  I also often find myself staring at pictures and artworks of design books more than actually reading the descriptions & articles.

As for movies, I really really like 500 Days of Summer and I love the soundtrack too! I know it’s been years since it has been shown but I always wish Tom & Summer ended up together. Haha.   When I was a kid, I also had a similar go-to movie: My Girl.  I watched it so many times and cried each time and watched it again anyway.  Gahhh…..I don’t know why I do that to myself!?!?

13. What is your philosophy when creating / making art?
Just do whatever makes you happy.  It may not make sense all the time but don’t be afraid, go on, follow your heart.

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?

This is a tough question.  I’d like to bit of all of them and sometimes, I wish I could just travel so that I could attend their workshops abroad.  On the other hand, for the artists I like who are no longer alive, I already know about their woes in life so that kind of leaves me not wanting to live their life because the endings to the stories have been revealed 😛  I would love to travel back & forth in time though to witness a week or so of their lives ?

Where can we see your awesome work?
Main Website: http://www.googlygooeys.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thegooglygooeys
Twitter: http://twitter.com/googlygooeys
Instagram: http://instagram.com/googlygooeys

What are you working on right now?
I’m currently working on a new blog post—a collaboration with one of my friends. I also have a few wedding / design projects lined up as well as events and exhibits.  I’m taking it a (half-)day at a time 😛

Thanks so much, Tippy!

All images above were taken from the website of the Googly Gooeys

Artsycraftsy interview series: Valerie Chua

Happy Easter! In keeping up with the theme of new beginnings, this here is a new series that I’m so excited about.

One of the things that I dreamt of when I started this blog was a series devoted to interviewing local artists and crafters who inspire me. The local arts and crafts community continues to grow and expand each day, and the influx of creative inspiration they provide never fails to amaze me.

To kick off this series, we have the super-talented Valerie Chua telling us more about her artistic process and sources of inspiration. I always love looking at her artworks because they transport me to a serene place filled with magic and wonder. Her use of color is gorgeous, and so are the girls in her paintings. (It’s my dream to own one!). I am in awe of her mastery of watercolor, especially since it’s a tricky medium for me. I find myself mesmerized by the intricate details in all of her pieces and her color palette with its soothing, calming hues.

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A Game Over Tea

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Gardenia

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She Waited

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Manora

Valerie Chua

1. What are your favorite tools in creating art and why do you love them?
I like working on paper using acrylic and watercolor. My tools are just the basic like paint brushes, pan sets, a spray bottle and paper.

2. Can you tell us about your daily routine or your artistic process?
I usually wake up at 7am. I start with cleaning my room, prepping my workspace and other morning necessities. I often start work at 9am. I take a lot of breaks in between and end work at around 5pm. Waking up early is very important for me. It makes and breaks my entire work routine so I never pull all-nighters unless it’s extremely important.

As for my process, I do a lot of thumbs and studies. I pick out what satisfies me the most and I work on this. I make color studies, enlarge it, refine it. 30% of the time it doesn’t turn out well so I repeat the entire process. It sometimes takes a while before I complete a work.

3. What inspires you? What makes you excited?
Traveling excites me a lot. When I’m in a different place I take a lot of photos. Looking at them gets me in a drawing appetite. I also like facial features. When I don’t know what to draw, I start with Aoi Yu, houses or plants.

4. Earliest childhood memory related to arts/crafts?
When I was 8, I had a cousin who drew girls a lot. I tried to copy her style. When I stopped seeing her a year later, I stopped drawing.

5. What is your philosophy when creating/making art?
Don’t think, just do.

Check out more of her work here:
http://valerieannchua.com/
http://valeriechua.tumblr.com/
http://green-tea.deviantart.com/

All the images above were taken from Valerie’s website.

Thank you for sharing, Valerie! 🙂