First Time Baker

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On a side note, I noticed that I take a lot of close up photos. I’m trying to break away from this but I haven’t been out shooting for a while so there’s nothing new to post. 😦 I have a ton of rolls that are just waiting to get developed. I hope I get around to it within the week! Fingers crossed.

The Origin of Love: The Actual Show

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Photos by JC Santiago and Jionor Verona

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“I’d rather die in your arms than die lonesome”

(To be updated)

Manila Bulletin Feature

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Repost from SoFA Design Institute

When Timmy tweeted me a link this afternoon, her message was screaming “!!!!!! You are featured here!!!!!!!!”. Upon opening the link, it was Manila Bulletin’s feature of the Grad Show and The Origin of Love was part of their top picks! I’m ecstatic that someone from the press felt that way about the collection despite the wardrobe malfunction during the Press Show haha. Also, I’m very happy to see that amongst all my designs, they chose to blow up my blue jumpsuit look worn by Martin Tuanquin. Till this day, I thank my lucky stars that Martin came in for the Go See because we posted that we were looking for Androgynous models (we being me).

I’m happy to be ending this day with a happy note. Recto adventure, Cooking, Yoga and this ❤

A Study on Mouths and Noses

Now that I have more free time on my hands, I decided that over the Holy Week that I would paint; a tribute to my late teacher, Romeliz Valenciano. However, when I tried to sketch the facial features of one of my models as a warm up, I discovered that I needed alot more than a warm up.

The following day, I marched down to Fully Booked in Greenbelt 5 and bought myself a nice new black spiral notebook (100 gsm paper <3). Everyday since, I try to do one drawing per day so that I can prepare myself before I move up to doing watercolor again.

First page was dedicated to the features I hate doing: mouths and noses. It’s funny because these are features that really define a face yet I’m so poor at it. But you know what they say, practice makes perfect.

So here’s Page 1 of my new project. I’ll be posting more works soon. 🙂

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The Origin of Love: Moodboard

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I remember when I first started planning my collection, I was lost. I had no idea what my clothes would look like, HOW I wanted them to look like; much less how I was going to execute them. However, I knew that they had to be a physical translation of my message which was equality for all. It sounds a bit cliché especially since it’s one of the most talked about topics this past couple of years but I felt that above anything else, my art had to translate how I really felt about serious subject matters. Coming from International Studies (my course in DLSU), it’s already embedded into my framework that everything we do should be for a greater good.

In SoFA, there is a step-by-step guide as to how you begin a collection; the first being create a moodboard. I didn’t realize it at the time but my moodboard was a big help throughout my journey. I referenced it countless of times while I was sourcing materials, planning my designs and deciding on the overall feel of my presentation.

You’ll find here my color palette (various shades of nudes and accent colors), my target market and the story of my concept. Since my idea was to create an army of in betweeners, my colors were toned down because I didn’t want to have anything that was associated with the genders (male and female). This was particularly difficult because alot of colors are associated with men ( most commonly blue) and women ( most commonly pink). I then included images of the people I took inspiration from and who I was designing for. I chose Tilda Swinton and David Bowie. During my research period, I read loads of articles on them and found that both of them struggled with body image growing up since they looked neither very feminine or very masculine (hence army of in betweeners). I studied on their personal styles and even came to the point of the ultimate commitment: cutting my hair to match Tilda Swinton’s. Upon doing this, I had cemented my full time commitment to my concept; to my cause. It was the best decision I had ever made.

This moodboard is actually not my first. I had to scrap out the other because during my design process, I decided to take a whole new direction so in turn, the first draft had to go.

(to be updated)