Wednesday, October 14, 2015
So this is the 4th ManilArt show that I visited and I'm glad to see new pieces by familiar artists, as much as I am glad to discover new Filipino artist who have gotten my attention by their awesome work.
I have posted 73 photos from the show on my blog annex and below are are some of my favorites...
One booth really put a smile on my face when I saw the re-interpretation of famous works like of Vermeer, Da Vinci, Warhol, and a lot more. All the characters were made really plump by artist Roel Obemio. We can say that he "Obemiofied" them. ^_^
Tuesday, September 15, 2015
A New Laptop, A Second-Hand Table,
Souvenir Shirts, A Hotel On The Rise,
And A Futue Trip To El Nido
I actually bought the laptop in July and it's only now that I get to work on transferring files and installing the needed softwares. Well that's because I've been busy printing shirts on the daytime and doing graphics in the evening. Also I didn't have a table that is large enough to put the two laptops side-by-side (together with the external monitor and keyboard of the old one).
It took a while before I could get a table. I looked at every furniture store in my vicinity. The desks out there are small and pricey. There's no way this bohemian will spend Php 4,000 for a typical 1.20 x 0.60 meter desk.
So how much for the table? It's worth 15 pieces of printed shirts hehe. Yeah it's an x-deal. The shirts are worth Php 3000. If I buy a similar table that's brand new I would have spent more than Php 5,000.
The table is actually from an office in Las Piñas where I used to work. This in fact is the very table that carried the model carving machine that I operated in that jewelry company. My former employer, who I address as Boss Vic even today, is letting go of the old company and is moving to El Nido, Palawan.
I believe the Sea Cocoon is ready to take reservations. Do visit and like their Facebook page!
Aside from the future designs we will be producing to promote El Nido and other places in Palawan, Boss Vic also plans to sell some of my BuhayBohemio Shirts there. ^_^ He saw the potential of retailing printed shirts in the area and he wants me to see it myself. So he invited me to visit El Nido and talk business. I don't have to worry about lodging, he said. Wee!!! ^_^
Well I'll lookout for airline promos. In the meantime, I hope I can get my new laptop ready so I can still do graphics for Customized Chic even if I'm away even for a week! ;-P
Posted by Chris Gool at 4:39 PM
Monday, August 17, 2015
That's 40 pieces of men's shirts, 40 tank tops, 20 ladies' shirts and 2 windbreaker jackets, to be precise. All of these are for my dreadlock artist, Avhel, who runs a shop at Pavilion Mall near Greenfield District in Mandaluyong City. He used to order 20 to 30 pieces and it has been a while since he last ordered. So now he's back with a vengeance and it really got me occupied for over a month. I printed 5 days a week in the the daytime then worked on graphics for Customized Chic at night.
Because of that I had to put aside some shirt orders by other friends and reluctantly ignored some online inquiries. Really sorry guys! :-( If only I had printed stocks then processing your orders would be a breeze. But to print stocks certainly won't be a breeze (especially in this humid weather). I kinda realize that while working on these items - it's gonna be the same scenario. To think this is just 8 to 12 pieces each of every 11 selected designs (7 of which has 3 print colors). Not only was it tedious but it's quite straining on the back and feet.
Well you can very much see in the pictures that my press certainly isn't for mass production. I'm not really working my way to become a manufacturer, you know. I want BuhayBohemio to someday become a small-time but popular brand hehe. Yeah I like it small-time because if it's big-time then it wouldn't be bohemian. ^_^
And so while my body was in robot mode I was pondering on a better way to produce printed stocks. I'd either outsource or hire an assistant. Or maybe hire someone to do most of the work while I assist and supervise. Of course each of the options has its pros and cons, and naturally, the easiest option is usually the most expensive... Well I really don't have to come to a decision right away, even if the -ber months are closing in. *sigh*
Anyway I'm just glad I'm done with this project. Tiring as it was, yet it was something to be irie about. After all, work is a blessing from Jah. ^_^
So I'm gonna rest for a couple of days maybe, then start printing the first 30 pieces of customized souvenir shirts that will give me a chance to see El Nido, Palawan someday. I'll tell you about it soon. ^_^
Friday, July 17, 2015
The two tires are not from the same model series but at least they seem to have a similar tread pattern. Cost me Php 6,200 *sigh* hehe. They don't look like old-timer wheels but they will have to do. I really don't have a choice. Like if I find a nice classic tread on the catalog for the rear wheel, the size for the front is not available. Actually I'd like a knobby type just like what I see on some real WW2 army motorcycles. But they say it's not advisable for street use. Well, the needed sizes are not available anyway.
So now that my bike has new tires I hope I find the time to retouch the paint and add a more 3-dimensional rust texture. Also of course I hope get to go riding out of town again - often!
Posted by Chris Gool at 10:08 AM