Tuesday, November 11, 2014

New BuhayBohemio Shirts:
Symbols of Protection and Peace

       These are the two last designs for 2014. I'm supposed to make 3 but I changed my mind about the other one, even after the film was already printed.  The stencil for these two designs has been ready since October but it's only now that I get to launch them on the online catalog and this blog. As usual, there has been delays but they are what I call "good delays". In coming posts maybe I'll talk about what had me putting aside some tasks that's 

         Anyway this is my Hamsa T-Shirt. Yup, I already have aqua blue shirts in my stock and I'll make some old designs available in this color too for you boys and girls.

        So what is a hamsa? It's an ancient symbol of Middle Eastern origin that is recognized in 3 religions. In Islam it is known as the Hand of Fatima, commemorating Muhammad's daughter Fatima Zahra. Jews refer to it as the Hand of Miriam, sister of Moses and Aaron. Levantine Christians call it the Hand of Mary, the Virgin.

       The hamsa is commonly used in jewelry and wall hangings. It is a sign of protection and also represents blessings, power and strength. It is also seen as a potent deflector of the evil eye, a malicious stare believed to be able to cause illness, death or just any kind of bad luck. 

         Well this symbol does feel like a pretty potent design because it seem to work with all my available shirt colors. I currently have eleven but I will make this design basically available in black, white, brown, purple, pink, yellow and my new aqua blue.

       Unlike the hamsa, this symbol didn't come from ancient times. This widely used peace symbol was originally created in 1958 for the British anti nuke war movement by professional designer and artist Gerald Holtom. The symbol is a combination of 2 flag semaphore signals for N and D which stands for nuclear disarmament.

           I originally had reggae colors in mind when I designed my tank top (above) which I will simply call Rasta Peace. I really like how it turned out. Too bad I ran out of black tank tops and so does my supplier! But interestingly, the design can also produce these two other color styles on shirts:
        Hippie Peace T-Shirt, available in pink and purple shirts for men and ladies.

       No-2-War T-shirt, available for men and ladies, only in white.

     Well I guess I'll just be printing shirts alongside other projects for the remaining days of the year. So much for the plan to sell shirts in holiday bazaars. But if I get to do so next year, I most likely will have around 40 designs available. O_o

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Manila Art 2014: Crossing Borders

     Well I'm certainly glad that despite my busy schedule I found the time to visit  Manila Art 2014, that was held October 16th to 19th at SMX Aura, Global City. And after 18 days I finally got the chance to blog about it, squeezing this between graphic projects.

      Anyway, this is my third visit to a Manila Art fair and they are on their 6th year in promoting the best of our country's creative artistry. I took a lot of pictures and I'm sharing here a few of my favorites. Click on the TV screenshots for a closer look.

         The first artwork that I snapshot is this one by Reyber Ramos entitled "Versus". Acrylic and graphite on canvas. Just as cool as his works that I saw 2 years ago, of a dude with a doberman head and another with a rottweiler.

          Cute, huh? Sanrio meets Rock. "The Kiss of Kitty" by Onard Bancaya. Metalic pen and vinyl.

      One of the galleries featured these small works or various medium.  A wall full of small paintings could be equally as interesting as a wall with few large paintings. I should develop a habit of making small 2D artworks in random - as if I have the time!

      This balancing sculpture is made of painted steel. The blue part spins. "Wings of the City" by Gil Corcuerra.

       The superb detail of this painting can never go unnoticed. "Apat na Sugo" (Four Messengers), acrylic on canvas by Eros Basilio.

     Does this look like Hell? Naked men wrestling in the mud, others trying to climb a cyclone wire fence. Sounds like heaven to some people I know. LOL. "On Earth", a large oil painting by Orley Ypon.

          I have a fascination for skull-themed art. It must be the dark side of me. "Retaliate" by Tyago Almario.

       Somebody has made something pretty (and prickly) from toothpicks. I bet this will look good as a lamp.

     If making fine art from regular stuff is awesome, making fine art from trash is twice the awesomeness. This is made of scrap metal by Sam Penaso.

     A pair of Maranao inspired sculptures. Of all ethnic groups in the Philippines I find  Maranao aesthetics as the most elegant.

      The work of a true master: "The Triumph of Life Over Death" by Romulo Galicano, depicts a scene in the aftermath of Yolanda, the storm that caused great damage in Eastern Visayas last year. 

     Looks like somebody has been toying with the image of Santo Niño. Well if medieval Christians can depict the child Jesus as an earthly king, why can't we depict him as a superhero? After all Christ is indeed the one true superhero.

     Contemporary interpretations of classical art has always gotten my attention and I really love this work by Christian Tamondong. It's the Birth of Venus and Raggedy Anne mash up LOL. The Painting version is just as lovely.

       "The Cat and the Owl" by Tom Jopson. I simply love this painting because it shows two  of my favorite familiars, I mean, creatures hehe. Does anyone recall the 1871 nonsense poem by Edward Lear, "The Owl and the Pussycat" where the two creatures got married and danced hand-in-hand on the sand in the moonlight?

       Darna meets Wonder Woman in this remarkable work by Lhee Taneo entitled "White Brown Pillage". If you've seen shell craft, this is fine shell art. Yup, this is a mosaic made of little shells.

      I took a lot of pictures than I did last year and the year before that. I guess that's an indication that Manila Art is showing more and more quality art each year. I have a total of 101 photos to share to you, if you missed the show. Click on the screenshot above and enjoy! ^_^

Thursday, October 16, 2014

My DIY Paper Tags

       My BuhayBohemio Shirts now has paper tags and they are home-made hehe. There is also a printed label inside the back of the shirts near the collar. I had been meaning to put these branding materials to make my shirts, well, look more presentable as a product. So after months of thinking (and procrastinating), I finally came up with a simple and stylish paper tag that I don't have to spend much money or time on.

        The tags are made of brown board and stamps. I got the boards in Divisoria and it's only less than Php 14 per 3 x 4 ft sheet (minimum of 10 sheets). I also had 4 stamps made  for less than Php 300 each. The rubber stamp is cut by a computer aided machine so any intricate design can be made into a stamp real quick!

       Also I bought 3 stamp pads of different colors for Php 96 each, a 3-mm hole puncher for Php 75, a tagging gun for Php Php 160, and box of plastic tag strings for Php 80. All in all, my supplies that cost Php 1,900 can yield around 2,000 paper tags. That same amount can only give me around 500 tags if I have them printed.

       Of course I don't need to make 2,000 tags all at once. I made 100 in less than 30 minutes (thanks to the handy paper guillotine here at home). Stamping the tags is the fun part. The fulfilling part is putting the tag on the shirts hehe.  With all these boards I can make tags and packaging for my other products. I'll let my creative (and meandering) mind take care of that.

       What's next? Paper bags. ^_^   

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Board Game Lounge, Anyone?

     Just last night my friends and I had dinner in BF, Parañaque City and on our way out we saw this new board game lounge, Puzzles, so we stopped over to check it out.  I remember that we once went to Ludo, a similar establishment in Quezon City but we didn't get to play any games because the place was jam packed that night on a Saturday.

     Well I must say that Puzzles, located at 287 Aguirre Avenue, is more spacious and I love the contemporary styled interior. The staff are friendly too. They got a fairly wide range of board and card games that you can try. They charge Php 100 per player for the use of one game set. 

     As I recall and if I'm not mistaken, Ludo doesn't charge for the use of the game materials. You go there and buy a snack or just a drink and that entitles you to play all you want. While at Puzzles, you pay to play games and enjoy some food... that you will also pay for of course hehe. I ordered just a small cup of cafe au lait for a price that could already get you a venti-sized beverage at Starbucks. "Why not just buy new card games and let's play them at Starbucks?", a friend jokingly asked. He's got a point, you know.

       The concept of a board game lounge is quite new here in the Philippines. It feels more for the barkada than for the family, unless the kids are already in their teens at least. And people have different preferences when it comes to their environment while playing board or card games. In lounges like these, expect a lot of noise. Everybody shares one big room that has no acoustic treatment so you'll pretty much hear the HOORAYs of scoring players, ARRGHs of the losers,  and the  HAHAHAs of other participants.

     We made our own loud heckling of course, while playing Cards Against Humanity - a nasty adult game that I played for the first time. It was boring at the start but it got really funny towards the end. I think we finished the game around 1 AM. A fun experience, yeah. Will we come back? Ummmmaybe.