Type Kita 2: A Typography Exhibit

October 26, 2014

A few months back I was invited to participate in a benefit show for Heart School. That exhibit was Type Kita 2, held last weekend (Oct 18 to 19) at 10a Alabama.

Wagas means "everlasting." In slang, it's usually meant as a compliment.

"I shattered my jar of memories / so I could glimpse you once again"

This is one of mine, the product of a collaboration between me and the amazing Ella Lama:

The Great Gatsby 2014 Book Cover
Rubbercut Print
(100% handmade: drawn and lettered by Ella Lama, carved and pulled by me)

I also submitted a second work. It's the second from the right in this photo (standing):

Do I contradict myself?
Very well then I contradict myself,
(I am large, I contain multitudes.)

- Song of Myself, Walt Whitman

I Contain Multitudes
Rubbercut Print

This is one of my favorites. I think it was written in gold marker, with shadows carefully added after.

Extreme papercutting. Ewan means "I don't know."

"Don't flirt with me / I'm with my boyfriend/girlfriend."

Some really good-looking street art. The signs say "No Littering" and
"No Urinating" / "You are not allowed to relieve yourself here."

"It's better to vomit than to give up." (I'm sorry, this sounds really bad in English!
The idiom is rather funny in Filipino.)

A bazaar of type-related merchandise was also set up outside the exhibit.

Forever Ugly

Fozzy Castro-Dayrit

Working on a piece...

This is Mang Ipe. For a small fee, he'd make you a signage in the color of your choice, using a distinctive typeface associated with jeepneys (local PUVs).

He told me he once worked in production design, with directors such as Peque Gallaga.

There were also live demos by featured artists.

And later in the evening: the finished piece (from the photo above)

Ella Lama and her treasure trove of goodies

My favorite merch: Ella's personalized masking tape. Yes, it's really masking tape!

Some edible goods

A good night at 10a Alabama

This is a mere sampling of the creativity on display that weekend. Just so. Much. Talent. Thank you, everyone, who dropped by to share our happiness! What an honor it was to be part of this!

New Stamps on Etsy

September 25, 2014

These four stamps are now available at my Etsy shop. Take a look!

Nobody realizes that..

September 5, 2014

Succulents, Pottery

August 13, 2014

At Farmer's Market, Cubao

Yesterday, Tita Lory and I paid a visit to Joey De Castro, the potter and artist. We picked up an urn for my late cousin Tina's ashes.

(Sir) Joey is calm, quiet and pleasant. He's a man of few words, at least at first. But once our enthusiasm for his art—and his plants—became apparent, he started to discuss his craft. He was a photographer for many years before taking up pottery, which he began as a way to house his growing collection of plants. 

This is, possibly, the windiest spot along EDSA -- which makes it superior
In travel he discovered the world; in clay he found a new journey that encouraged him to sit at the wheel and learn its secrets. These days, his daily commute involves climbing the stairs to his workshop (the kiln is a few flights above that). He also steps out to get his son to and from school. Other than that, he says, he doesn’t really go out and about, a sentiment I can readily relate to. 

I love his setup, to be honest.

The garden is a collection of things he’s nurtured and created; all ceramic jars and dramatic foliage.

Yurtle the turtle. I used to have a Yurtle and Myrtle, too, when I was a child!
He gave Talor some cuttings for her garden.

He also toured us around his home. He regularly conducts workshops for children and adults here, and at the UP College of Fine Arts in Diliman.

Talor, the man and the fire
In the afternoon, Talor & I went to Farmer's Market to look for flowers for the wake.

After a very confusing negotiation in which, I think, we failed to communicate our artistic vision to the storeowner, Talor decided to make the decor herself: a woodland-inspired wreath for the urn and an arrangement for the altar.

One of the plants Talor bought for the wreath.
And then I saw some more perky succulents. I am bookending this post with them.

I'm happy to report that you can buy any three for Php100 ($2.27).