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Monday, November 30, 2009

DPICT Illustration Exhibition

"Illustration brings words to life through visual representation, depicting reality in a recognisable form whilst delivering a clear and strong message. DPICT will explore this concept and will help to create a network among illustrators as they view each other’s work and initiate a dialogue about their common passion."
This is going to be my first ever exhibition outside Cebu. I'm thrilled, scared, and excited all at the same time. I'll be sending my framed artworks tomorrow. Yay!

Opening: 16 December 2009, 7pm
Exhibition runs until 7 January 2010

at the Gallery of Light, Manu Chhabria Arts Centre
DUCTAC, Level 2 MOE, Dubai

For more information call DUCTAC: 04 341 4777

9.00am - 10.00pm (saturday to thursday)
2.00pm - 10.00pm (fridays & holidays)

Sunday, November 29, 2009

for the love of kutingtings

Necklace turned bracelet and floweryhearty necklace by Accessorize + a bangle-dangle gift all the way from Italy (Thanks Ma!). All for the love of kutingtings :)

Friday, November 27, 2009

oh oh boots!

One of the best things in being petite: you get to wear items in the teens or kids section thus making you pay less!

I was torn between the black suede rouched boot and the flat heeled brown boot of new look. The black one slipped perfectly on me. It was smooth and it felt very comfortable even with a little bit of heel. But I wasn't sure if it was really practical - you know having two boy huggers running around. So I fell inlove with that brown thing. So inlove that I just had to play dress up for 5 minutes.

other kiddie items include: GUESS kids shorts, Bossini jacket.

which one?

I'm doing two polyvore sets for the big opening. Can't choose which one. (Haha as if I can copy these sets totally in reality!)

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

classic minimal

My top 3 minimal look to drool for.

ABC Dimensional

It's going to be a creative workout for your brain!

Examples: Letter-shaped Silhouettes of Found Objects, Aerial Views, Grid-based Multiples/Matrix, Handmade Three-dimensional Letters (same material used for letters but also combined objects to shape letters), Installations/Sculptural letterforms/Optical illusions/Vantage points, Light and Shadow, Drawing Board (things that could theoretically have been made/built/arranged and then photographed but were only drawn to document the idea/concept), etc

ABC Dimensional will feature the very best examples from around the world on 240 full-colour pages. Let's get playing!

iplay with paper

papersandtschai handmade journals
CIS Annual Christmas Bazaar
at Marco Polo Hotel
November 28 - 30, 2009

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

street fashion project

I wish I'm brave and quick enough to shoot people so I can serve you the street fashion in Dubai. I see so much going on here but everytime I see some potential, either I'm awestruck that I miss it before I can take out my camera or I'm having second thoughts in actually taking their picture. Argh. Any suggestions?

Monday, November 23, 2009

Ten Tickles in Watercolour, Pen and Ink

I decided to have it on a big watercolour board. (Sorry for the term "big". I still have to find that ruler!) My excitement was just too immense than my fear of a blank canvas that's almost taller than me.

After having laid every tickley creature for a week, the final and most delicate step was to work with ink to get that "perfect" splatter across the whole artwork. It was crazy-scary that my husband had to remind me not to get carried away.

This is "ten tickles" in watercolour, pen and ink all set for framing for my upcoming DUCTAC exhibit, "Dpict". I am fairly satisfied and overjoyed with the final output. It seems I like it better in paper than in digital. Maybe because it offers more risks and thrills and you can never rely on that magical cmd+Z. Looks like I might get a new - old - habit back.

Some details of the work:

Sunday, November 22, 2009

happy day at the park

faeries out to play.
akii and mama.
one happy day.


The theme of my Fall 2009 collection was Paris at the turn of the century. The Belle Epoche ("The Beautiful Era") was the period of the European social history that began at the ned of the 19th century and lasted up until World War I... as artists and writers looked back wistfully at the romance of a fading world about to disappear, and rapidly hurling into an unknown future that they would eventually refer to as "Modern".


I love the rich dark colours in plums and violets and ultramarine in a riot of print. Sui used velvet, chiffon and silk to compound the feeling of opulence and variety. If I could wear one of her creations, I'd probably pick the center of the last group. Which one is your favourite?

Friday, November 20, 2009

faerie notes

I realized I haven't been the Style Faerie much these days. I owe you a stylefaerie interview, fresh style guides, fashion hits and bits, some cool news to share... phew! Not to worry, I'll be back on track. For now, the faerie's got to sleep...

love + create,

new doodle-love artwork

My works have been reviewed and will be included in the upcoming exhibit of the Dubai Community Theatre & Arts Centre (DUCTAC) called "Dpict" on 16th December. It's such an honor and I can't wait!

My plan is to convert my digital works "ten tickles" (almost done. will post soon.) and "scent keeping" (see photo below) into paper, and add one new artwork to my line up. Sadly though, I can't push through with acrylic painting on wood for "imaginary friends" as I run out of time :(

It's not a digital exhibit so I was really excited to get my hands dirty again after 5years. For the two artworks, I played with watercolour, pen and ink. For my third entry, it's purely pen. My hands found a new doodle-love technique (see photo detail below). I think it produced quite an outstanding effect.

Next step is to get all three artworks framed and delivered on the 1st. Giddyhappy me :)

Wednesday, November 18, 2009


We've been featured! My (favourite) Art Appreciation college professor has written an article about our works and how GIRLALOO rocks like Wonder Girls. (Awww, shucks.) I am tremendously honoured and inspired to create more "bimorphic forms" of art.


Art's girl power
by Radel Paredes, Cebu Daily News - Life! (November 17, 2009)

THEY are the local art world's equivalent to the Wonder Girls, making digital illustrations that (clap, clap) nobody, nobody can top. Not even the boys in the trade. Girlaloo, the all-girl group of illustrators, hopes to dissolve the digital divide and the gender gap in their first, self-titled exhibit.

Consisting of more than 30 computer-generated or digitally enhanced drawings, the show opened Nov.9 at the lobby of the University of San Carlos College of Architecture and Fine Arts building.

Most members were USC fine arts alumnae, so choosing to launch the exhibit tour in their alma mater is a gesture of homecoming. From USC, the works will be shown in the University of the Philippines Cebu Campus and the Benedicto College.

Targeting the the art school set is deliberate as the group aims not only to promote digital illustration as an "exciting outlet of expression and voice" but also to encourage other girls to consider it as a serious career option.

The artists thus flirt tipping the balance, making even the most macho digital art geek succumb to girl power.

And how diverse are the ways in which this power projects. There's the flotsam of bimorphic forms and cartoon monsters in the doodles of Govinda Trazo and Tambolbee Villarino.

There's also the strange digital and pop version of Art Nouveau in the portraits of women by Richelle Chua and Narki Hormiguera. Kristy Anne Ligones, on the other hand, is not as keen at the irony of simulating organic forms with a computer. Her own depiction of a woman combines the cute and the grotesque.

A mix of Mary Poppins and Yellow Submarine is hinted in the work of Kristine Oplando, while blinking stars and planets add cosmic aura to February Anne Ybanez's drawings of children. Childhood fantasy is revisited by Johanna Velasco-Deutsch, Luisa Gonzaga, and Madeth Villarosa. But rather than imagine a world of happy endings, the girls opted to portray a gloomy fairy tale.

Indeed the artists of Girlaloo have come of age. And despite the common fascination with the kikay, the kinky and the kitschy, they have proven that their works can still solicit serious reflection. Or, that high tech doodle, can be high art, too.

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Monday, November 16, 2009

GIRLALOO: second stop at UP

Again, it was a successful event as GIRLALOO opens for University of the Philippines today. Students were curious and mindful of the techniques of the artworks, with that I hope we've stirred up their creativity in a new perspective. Well done girls!

Friday, November 13, 2009

"Visual is our way of making a mark in society."

Finally. Something edible for the creative minds of Cebu. The graphic design industry is thirsting for something like this - and now one guy (not sure if I can mention his name. He's a bit shy - rather, low profile, the humble type) made a brave step in letting this all happen. It's going to be a significant event and I can only wish I was there to have a burp of its success.

28th of November 2009 | SM Cinema 1, SM City Cebu.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

it's been a while

GIRLALOO: first stop at USC

GIRLALOO officially opened last Monday at the University of San Carlos, CAFA building - the exhibit's first stop. Though missing the fun, I know it went great. I wish I could help out guys!

NEXT STOP 11.16-20: University Of The Philippines.


I finally polished my website. Now it's easier to navigate. Please drop a line, let me know what you think :) Thanks!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

a masterpiece

My 3yo's first "structured" drawing. Such a shame, at first glance I thought he was just doing random shapes, and thought he accidentally formed eyeglasses or boobies. But it's not. It's not even accidental. What do you think it is?

"Grown-ups never understand anything by themselves, and it is tiresome for children to be always and forever explaining things to them." ~ The Little Prince

I am such a dumb grown up.

do you think i need a hair makeover?

My goodness it looks like a rotten wig! I know it's madly Y-E-S... still I can't have one. *sigh. Oh just so you know it has not gone THAT bad, behind that mess is a very softy touch. :P

Tuesday, November 3, 2009


How crazy inlove are you with your flip flops? How long does it take for you to decide whether the getup goes fine in flippyteeflop (made that up!) or in a decent pair of sandals? Does the colour matter? How many have you got? If your toenails look aweful that day, would you care at all? How long will your pretty flip flops stay loyal to you? Did you buy it because of the label or because it just looks so yummy and it fits you perfectly?

I love my worn out Girls Gap flip flops :)
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