Monthly Archives: November 2015

Handmade Reboot

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HANDMADE

Works by Steph Palallos and Josephine Turalba

9 – 23 Nov 2015 

Steph Palallos and Josephine Turalba emphasize the handmade and express personal experience in their upcoming exhibition at Tin-aw Art Gallery.

Palallos evokes the vulnerability of the human body by sewing vestments that may be very difficult if not impossible to wear. Made of transparent fabric, her garments avoid the idea of clothing as an object to cloak nakedness, as a means to embellish the human form, or a medium to express desire.  Their construction overturns aspects of functionality and fashion in favor of revealing a real but invisible illness that is part of her quotidian identity. The symbolic clothes, all thirty-one of them – one for each day of the month, uncover afflictions that many of us do not want to know let alone see in bodies, including our own.

Turalba uses the techniques and materials of leatherwork: studs, rivets, grommets, eyelets, stitchery to lock together images to place and time. Shapes of multi-colored leather, which is metonymic and celebratory of racial difference, form the imagery. The ideas of looking in fragments and capturing transient spaces conceptually frame her work, which is comprised of nine panels that may be grouped as one or as individual pieces, variable to its site. Sourced and inspired from her travels to the non-West, she materializes episodic memory formation into a cornucopia of conjoined images that interlock the formats of landscape, tapestry and collage all at once.

“Handmade” opens on 9 November, Monday, 6 pm at Tin-aw Art Gallery located on the upper ground floor of the Somerset Olympia Building on Makati Ave. Makati City. The exhibition runs from 9 – 23 November 2015.

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Meowy Christmas

For the first time in a long time, I finally want to decorate my house for the Christmas season. I want a big, fat tree, but I’ve seen too many YouTube videos of cats taking down Christmas trees so I’m a little apprehensive about getting one.

Look at this. See what I mean? It’s adorable and all, but it can be dangerous for my fur kids, not too mention tiring for me. I don’t want to clean up all day! Well, I already do that, but let’s not add tassels, broken ornaments, and plastic leaves to the list. :mrgreen:

So I decided to make one. I’ve been going on a sewing binge this weekend (I made curtains, a throw, and 2 cushion covers), so I made a prototype of my tree last night. I didn’t have enough felt, so the tree is only 14″ tall. I’ll have to get more fabric this month so in can make a 4 feet tall plush tree!

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Have a catty Christmas!

Last week a friend gave me a set of mobile phone ornaments, so I used them as decor for my tree. I think they’re purrrfect!

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It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas.

I added a topper this morning, a finger puppet from another friend.

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Meowy Christmas!

I’ve been having fun making different things last weekend. The stress has been getting to me, so I needed to regroup and get creative again. Hearing the steady sound of the seeing machine was comforting and relaxing. This is going to be a long week, so I’m glad I was able to disconnect and work with my hands again.

Yeah, I think this is just the beginning of my Christmas decor project. I’m having too much fun so why stop with just a tree? :mrgreen:

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Prayer

It’s 6PM, November 2, All Souls’ Day. I say a prayer for all those who have gone before us and for the families they left behind. I pray for eternal rest for departed and peace and comfort for those who still grieve their passing.

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November

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From my installation, "Sirens." Photo by Tiffany Urrutia.

“‘Your turn in the chair next time,’ said October.

‘I know,’ said November. He was pale and thin-lipped. He helped October out of the wooden chair. ‘I like your stories. Mine are always too dark.’

‘I don’t think so,’ said October. ‘It’s just that your nights are longer. And you aren’t as warm.’

‘Put it like that,’ said November, ‘and I feel better. I suppose we can’t help who we are.’

‘That’s the spirit,’ said his brother. And they touched hands as they walked away from the fire’s orange embers, taking their stories with them back into the dark.”

—Neil Gaiman, “October in the Chair”