Daluyong Opening Night

A few months ago was my first ever exhibit at Pineapple Lab. Inggo and I went to the exhibit after our work. What we didn’t expect was the heavy traffic since it was a Payday Friday. So we walked from my office all the way to Rockwell Guadalupe.

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There’s not much else to say, really. I felt proud and giddy when I saw my paintings up on the wall. I wished my bbs good luck, and we went to Rockwell for dinner. I bought an XL watercolor pad as a reward for myself. And then we went home.

I think its because I’m just writing this now that I can’t remember all the details of that night. After a month in Pineapple Lab, I had a Lalamove driver pick up my paintings. Nobody wanted them, so I proudly display them now on my office desk. 

Baguio Craft Fair

A few weeks after Sticker Con MNL 2019, 3/4 of the January Makers PH team went up north to Baguio for the Baguio Craft Fair 2019. Jean participated in this fair a year ago and said it was a good event. Since Hannah and I wanted a quick vacation, we went with her this year.

Baguio Craft Fair is on its 4th year. It was held at Mount Cloud bookshop, near Brent International School Baguio. When we arrived on Day 1, it reminded me so much of our Metro Manila version – 10a Alabama Arts & Crafts fair. It was held at the open area of the place, with different crafters selling their wares under the huge makeshift roof, or even under the pine trees. 

Picture heavy post ahead!

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Pretty banderitas!
Weaving workshop!
Amazing work!
I met someone famous! Meet Pacha the mountain dog. ♥

What about us? We were located under the pine trees HAHA. No worries though! Since we’re in Baguio, where the weather is cool and the sun is not that hot. 

Our table! ♥
seamountainco’s handmade watercolors, clay palette, and a bit of my stickers.
Some of her sample works.
Her stickers.
My flower stickers. ♥ I find it funny that they’re more interested with the bird rather than my stickers lol.
Hannah’s stickers and post cards. ♥
Cuties!!!
Hannah’s mom also asked us to sell her handmade knitted booties. They were our best seller HAHAHA.
I also brought some of my printed bags! (This was during Day 2)
Monique’s food stickers.

We took turns manning our booth. Sometimes I’d wander off and get coffee (they encourage everyone to bring their own utensil/tumblers). Or sometimes I’d take photos of the place and just breathe the fresh air. 

Coffee!
I was mimicking bemzenit’s post card HAHA.
My lunch. Hannah took this photo. I have no idea why HAHAHA.

We also had an extra task for this trip – which was to take decent photos of our products. Thanks to the huge space, we had lots of areas we could take photos from. It was also in our aesthetic – which was nature. Reasons for these photos to be announced hopefully soon!

It rained in the late afternoon, so we had to pack up and cut our bazaar time earlier than expected. For Day 2, the organizers moved the vendors located in the open area to inside the house.

Our table!
We had more space to display our products. More space for my postcards!

Anddd that’s it! Thank you for sticking around until the end of this lengthy post. Based from this experience, I would conclude that this event is really similar with 10A Alabama. The crowd prefers more handmade items rather than stickers. My postcards and bags were a hit here, I should have bought more original works for sale lol. Oh well! Here’s to another good experience. ♥

Will we join again next year? Hmm, we’ll see. ♥

Daluyong

I am proud to announce that I am part of Pineapple Lab‘s watercolor exhibit entitled “Daluyong“. ♥

Pineapple Lab presents Daluyong, a group exhibit featuring the works of emerging artists who have shown proficiency and artistry in the medium of watercolor. 

Collected from a call-out that engaged over a hundred entries, Pineapple Lab has curated a show that exemplifies the versatility (and volatility) of this deceptively simple medium. With a diverse selection of watercolor works on a variety of surfaces, Daluyong looks to prove that this delicate medium is a force unto itself. Celebrate the rainy season with us as we dive into the world of watercolor!

Daluyong opens on August 30, 2019 at 6 PM. Works will be available for viewing starting August 30, 2019 to September 20, 2019. Pineapple Lab Gallery at 6053 R. Palma Street, Barangay Poblacion, Makati City. Operating hours are 11 AM to 6 PM from Tuesdays through Friday.
 
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During my final interview at Studio West, they asked me what are my goals in the future. I remembered that the first thing that I answered was to be featured in an exhibit or art gallery. Nothing office related, I think! And then a year later, it happened! Pineapple Lab had an open call for artists and I applied. I’ll be attending the event on Friday with my Inggo. Hope to see you there. ♥

Stickercon Haul

For this year’s Stickercon, I was the designated errand girl for our group. This means that I’m the one outside our table fixing our products, talking to potential customers, buying drinks/food for the group, and exchanging barya from our other friends HAHAHA. This also meant that I had more freedom to roam around to buy stuff from the rest of the 200 exhibitors.

Below is my humble haul from StickerconMNL2019. ♥

Coffee Lovers United, Hello I’m Busy, Powered by Pizza sticker and Pin, So many things so little cash by our friend Ella Lama | Watercolor set, Country tags, stamp by Marie Lama | Gold foil stickers by Paola Koala

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Top stickers by Renka | Go away I’m … by Ella Lama | Lettering stickers and free flower postcard by Clair colors | Rug by Hannah HAHAHA

Honestly this Shih Tzu sticker is the best buy for the day. ♥

Museum stickers by Louise | Pretty girl postcard and stickers by Bemzenit | Cat stickers by The Offbeat Cat

And that’s my haul! I could’ve bought more if I had the time. But table priorities first! ♥ I hope we could join the next Stickercon as well! ♥

Stickercon MNL 2019

It’s finally time for the main event – Stickercon MNL 2019! It was held at Bayanihan Center last March 16, 2019. We’re so happy that our group was accepted again for the second time! This time, we’re prepared:

Our table ♥

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Wire mesh filled with our stickers!

My part of the table: flower stickers, postcards, and my new food stickers! ♥

The popular flower stickers in 2 set varieties and the stamp sticker peel. ♥

Close-up of my food stickers. Everyone LOVED the taho stickers, I almost sold these out!

Circle Stickers ♥ I’m so proud of the quality & results!

Monique’s part of the table. Her best selling 90s candies, Chichirya set, and Biscuit sets are lined up front. She also made new sticker packs.

Close up of her packs. ♥ 10 pcs of glossy stickers per pack.

Her new sticker packs: the Kakanin set and Handaan set. ♥

Hannah’s side with our logo. ♥

She made a bunch of new fashion girls. ♥

And new dog breed sticker packs. ♥

And finally, seamountainco! She brought her new handmade watercolor set to the event and some postcards. But what was surprising is…

Her new sticker packs! And look at the packaging! ♥ I love it!

It was another fun filled day. The place was jam packed! It’s unfortunate that we didn’t get to roam around the venue as much. We only got to buy stickers from our friends huhuhu. But we’re happy with our income HAHAHA. Thank you so much for everyone who visited and bought from our booth!

♥ The whole January Makers PH team

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StickerCon preparations

StickerConMNL 2019 is done, but I still haven’t blogged about the preparations. And there were a LOT of preparations.

What my desk looked like the past few months.

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We got the good news that we were accepted for Stickercon 2019 last late October. So we had enough time to create new artworks for the con. I was thinking of venturing out of my floral comfort zone, and my attempts with food illustration seemed like a good idea. 

Almond croissant.

Salmon bagel.

Totoro cream puffs.

Strawberry taho.

I did a bunch of food illustrations from December to February. But not all of them made the cut. I was thinking of food illustrations that aren’t similar to my January Maker sister Monique’s style and theme. Something uniquely mine. That’s when I thought of dessert stickers. The way I paint is very loose and chaotic compared to Monique’s insanely detailed and perfect food illustrations.

I went with that direction and am very happy with the results.

Dessert stickers (and a salmon bagel).

The complete set. ♥

Thanks to my officemates, I finished cutting my stickers a week before StickerCon. It was a good thing though, since Monique needed help cutting her stickers. Hannah and I helped her after work.

Her best selling chichirya set. ♥

Her biscuit set. ♥

2 new sticker sheets. The Handaan and Kakanin. ♥

But I was known as a flower artist, so I created new flower stickers for the con. Thankfully, I had a bunch of new works last year that I could use. I chose some personal favorites and some popular works. This time, they are circular and with a fancy laminate.

The circle sticker set. ♥

They look so pretty when laid out like this.

Limited post card prints. ♥

Next up would be the Stickercon art tambay after the pre-con meeting, and the Stickercon event itself. I promise to blog about it soon. ♥

Draw Native Trees

Another thing that I wanted to write about from last year is the #DrawNativeTrees contest held by the Forest Foundation Philippines in order to raise awareness of our beautiful local trees. They posted a list of the trees that anyone can traditionally draw or paint. You can post as many paintings as you want as long as you follow their rules of using the hashtag and tagging @forestfoundationph and their representative artist Cynthia Arre (the amazing wife of graphic novel artist Arnold Arre).

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I have never painted a tree seriously. All I ever did during my “Interior Plantscaping and Flower Arrangement” subject back in college were careless and loose strokes. But what motivated me was the prize. I really, really wanted the Bamboo tumbler HAHAHA.

Honestly, I never knew that we had so many endemic flowering trees in the Philippines. I even thought that the champaca was endemic here. The common among the list was Narra (our National Tree) and the Ylang-ylang.

So I researched more about the said list and got surprising results. I painted a bunch to submit to the contest:

And do you know the amazing part? I was one of the winners! Woohoo! I got the pretty bamboo tumbler and 2 copies of the Forest Blooms planner. ♥

Komikon 2018

Since I blogged about Komiket last year, I thought that not blogging about the Philippines’ biggest comics convention is unfair haha. Similar with Komiket, these photos were the ones that I used in my Instagram stories:

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I’m not sure if I’ve posted it before here on my blog. But another fact about me is that I LOVE collecting local comic books. I don’t know why. There’s something unique about our local comic scene. Maybe its the humor? So whenever I have some spare cash or if I really, really, like the art. I will support them by buying their books or by pre-ordering. 

Finally bought all of Toto Madayag‘s books! He had a good deal due to the release for Book 3.
Apparently, you’re eligible to the raffle if you support a pre-order from one of the participating artists in Komikon. I won something HAHA.
Opismeyts pre-order! I love the humor of this artist.
A mini zine by Chocnut-san | New book from Hunghang Flashbacks | Tabi Po Book 3 FINALLY.

Planner Soiree

First off, I’m back again HAHA. WordPress has updated into a weird editor and this is my first blog entry with it. Let’s hope I won’t get angry with this change. 

A few months ago, the January Makers PH team was invited to become one of the sellers for the Planner Soiree 2.0 .

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This was only our 2nd bazaar for the year! We were sooo busy with our lives that our bazaar team took a backseat for a while. We were invited to this event due to our participation last Sticker Con.

Our Fancy Sellers ID! ♥
Our table!
Hannah’s new girl stickers. The one wearing the jumpsuit looks a lot like Monique!
Tried to sell my bag haha.
We have a special guest for this table! Clair asked me to sell her calligraphy stickers at our table. 
Clair’s quote stickers. A best seller!
My sticker packs.
Hannah’s puppy stickers.
The team.

Overall, it was a fun event! But I think I’d rather join as a participant next year HAHA. They had amazing prizes for those who registered! So happy that I got to bond over my girl friends through bazaars again. I missed my original “tribe”. Until next time!

Komiket October 2018

Last month, I attended Komiket at Eton Centris with Hannah and her friend. It’s been a while since I’ve been an attendee instead of a seller. I was curious about the artist scene and wanted to check it out. It didn’t disappoint! There’s a ton of artists selling their original and fanart works in stickers, art prints, and comics. I also saw my friends selling there so I HAD to support them. ♥ So here is my Komiket 2018 haul taken from my IG Stories.

Ticket. ♥

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@chichilittle ! I bought a bunch of stickers from her. The Stay Weird one is actually a ref magnet hahaha.

Stickers from my friends: food stickers by @priichan, Donut Give Up and Coffee sticker by @c4m1sama ‘s art group, and @paola_koala ‘s stickers.

2B fanart by my friend Kat @kiyasuriin.

A custom drawing for Mental Health Awareness by my friend denden @illustratedbydenden.

Miriam and UP sibs stickers by my favorite artist – Mod A !

@sojubee. When I bought these cute Overwatch stickers from her I said “All supports except Zen please”. HAHA. Plus D.Va and Brigitte for Inggo, Sombra for me!

@prinsomnia_ ‘s beaufitul artworks!

@astrojimbo.art . I was his first follower on Instagram HAHA.

Hannah and I loved these stickers, especially the “Luh” one! We kept saying luh during our komiket adventure HAHAHA. I actually found the artist for these, it’s @landleemae!

I love @cmrnza ‘s background artworks!

@andyartventure. Been eyeing these stickers ever since I entered Komiket. I came back for them during my round 2 visit.

It was an inspiring and happy trip. Although my wallet that day was near empty, I’m happy that I got to support my friends, new artists, and the overall artist scene in the Philippines. I noticed that people are more supportive of the artist scene right now, I hope it stays that way! ♥