Thursday, March 2, 2017

Six Years of Bohemianism

Ahh March is here and that means this blog is now 6 years old. Not much posts last year (well 21 posts is not bad hehe). I remember back in 2011 when I created this blog, switched to being a freelancer, and started learning how to screen-print, I have a blog post almost everyday then.

     Now after 6 years, with more things to do, the time I have for some of the things I love doing goes to that which pay the bills (sounds familiar? hehe). But I have been trying to keep a good work-and-leisure balance. I say "work-and-leisure" instead of "work-and-life" because work is part of life. Work is that boring stuff that I do that has nothing to do with my creative and business goals haha! On the other hand, "leisure" for me includes the work I do for Buhay Bohemio aside from the personal creative work I do that gives me no profit (or at least no immediate profit).

    Actually 2016 was like a break period for Buhay Bohemio. After an exhausting order of prints late in 2015 by my dreadlock artist and friend Avhel a.k.a. Pinoy Dreadman, which severely clogged my silkscreen stencils, I decided to not print shirts for a while and just do computer graphic work for regular clients. Mid 2016 I started buying new inks that is less quick-drying. By August of the same year, I already started printing stocks of Buhay Bohemio shirts but was not ready to sell. I was only able to print size sets for 4 different designs, when my desk job started to pile up in the last quarter. So my apologies for all those un-replied inquiries! :- (

   Anyway, this year I am really determined to get back into printing on a regular basis. Last January I finally accepted printing 85 pieces of tops for Pinoy Dreadman (after waiting for a year). This time using slow-drying inks and with an assistant. Yup, finally an assistant. His name is Pol and we worked in the same jewelry-making company before. He'd like to try his hand on screen-printing too so I taught him all I know about printing multiple shirts with just one pressing table haha! Soon I will show him how to emulsify a screen and burn a design with a light box.

   And speaking of assistant, I already have another person to help me with my graphic work. Particularly for vector files needed for the monogrammed products of Customized Chic. Her name is Lani and she's a new mom who also would like to do freelancing work while taking care of her baby at the comfort of her home. Oh she's also an artist from the same jewelry company that I worked for haha small world! Well I'm certainly glad that my assistants are people that I know personally.

   So yeah I'm pretty excited for 2017. I feel that everything's slowly falling into place and I will have a lot of good things to talk about in this blog. I'd like to thank all my followers, both the visible and incognito, for finding the time to read  the stuff that I post here all these years. I really appreciate it! :-)  If you are more active on Instagram as I am,  you can follow me there too! Hihi ^ _ ^