Grateful to the following publications for these features. <3
Culture Carousel: Cynthia Arre advocates forest conservation through art, by Ms. Irene Obligacion (The Sunday Times, June 18, 2023)
Cynthia Bauzon-Arre, from ‘big idea’ to Philippine forest conservation projects fueled by design, by Ms. Chaela Mirano (Adobo Magazine, February 2023)
Been a fan of Kodawari Ph‘s delicious Gyudon and Shroomdon since discovering them through friends’ posts on IG in the past couple of years so I was thrilled when Kodawari co-owner Toni Potenciano reached out to ask if I could draw some of their iconic rice bowls for their (then upcoming, now open) dine-in resto.
My husband Arnold and I attended the much-awaited 2022 reunion concert of the Eraserheads, “Ang Huling El Bimbo” last December 22 and it was pretty amazing to see them take the stage again after all this time. (Here’s an IG reel that I posted the day after.) I’ve said time and again that I’m very grateful to the Eheads and, post-disbandment, Sony BMG for the many times they asked me to design their albums and other side projects in the past, but there is no documentation in the current online landscape of the designs I did for them so… *pop* here it is! A compilation of album covers and related whatnot – in photos, text, and links to old blog posts for some backstories. Wish I could share all of the surfaces and pages of the inlays but that would require so much scanning since I don’t have the app for opening the files anymore.
For the month of June – Philippine Environment Month – I had the honor of teaching a series of 5 watercolor workshops with EDC Binhi. Binhi is the nationwide greening program of the Energy Development Corporation (EDC) which aims to restore denuded forests, preserve and propagate threatened native tree species, and protect biodiversity to leave a legacy of a verdant Philippines for the next generation.
It all began when I purchased this potted Katmon Sibuyan (Dillenia sibuyanensis) as soon as @philnativetrees posted it for sale. It was just on a whim – I hadn’t even grown anything properly before then, but knowing that native species are hardy emboldened me to take the plunge.
The Katmon Sibuyan and its first bloom under my care.
Taking care of it was easier than I expected. It arrived during rainy season so I didn’t even have to water it much, and in the span of just a few months, it surprised me with this beautiful yellow bloom. <3 (I was told that Katmon Sibuyan blooms in its 3rd year so I’m thinking that this particular plant was marcotted or grown from a cutting. )
It gave me a couple more blooms until December, and before I knew it, I bought another sapling. This time, it was a Malabulak (Bombax ceiba). Notice that the plants I’ve bought are those which I’ve already drawn.
I had the pleasure of being invited as a Crazy About Paper Featured Artist for April. C.A.P. is a webshop that sells print-on-demand products designed by local artists. Was impressed by their line of home and office items especially so I thought of creating patterns inspired by some of my favorite Philippine native trees ~ namely, the Banaba (Lagerstroemia speciosa), Ilang-Ilang (Cananga odorata), and Katmon (Dillenia philippinensis).
Below are the pattern designs along with sample applications. You can see the complete line of products they’re available on in my C.A.P. Artist Page.
Various media features and interviews from July 2020 to March 2021:
Promoting Forest Conservation and Heritage Preservation Through Art | DZUP Atin ‘To Interview, March 23, 2021: Link
View this post on Instagram
Drawing Native Trees for Conservation – Presentation + Demo | Ang InK, November 2020: Link
Business Mirror, Sept. 27, 2020: Link
Arts for Conservation Episode | MUNI on this Podcast, August 2020: Link
MB Lifestyle, July 17, 2020: Link
After almost a year of collaborative back and forths, we were finally able to launch the ForesTree: A Memory Match-Up Game app right on International Forest Day 2021! You can download it for iOS and Android .
This app is completely FREE and was built by Gabby Lacuesta of Funny Cow Games under my ongoing Grant with Forest Foundation Philippines. (You can read Gabby’s notes on building the game as a touching tribute for his Dad here.)
Very grateful to have been featured in Girls Club Asia where I talked about my journey as a female creative, the woman in my life growing up, living in Quezon City, artistic influences, and my dream collaborator. [ GO ]
Also thrilled to have been interviewed in NoliSoli.Ph where I was asked to talk about the #DrawNativeTreesPh campaign plus how my advocacy got realized, and also how the collaboration with Forest Foundation Philippines began. [ GO ]
Was also invited by Team Asia to be a guest in Part 3 of their live webinar series, “Experience Online” with the theme, “Live to Drive Passion.” The other guests were singers Karylle Yuzon and Acel Bisa van Ommen, and dancer Stephen Biadona. We all talked about how our passions fuel us to pursue our advocacies and live with purpose. You can watch the hour-and-a-half-long webinar on Team Asia’s FB page via this direct link to the video.
It always pains me to say that I can only ship to local addresses, and due to the health crisis, it will take a while before I can figure out how to ship physical products abroad. So this weekend, I made sure to finally do what I’ve been putting off for a long time — place my existing designs on products in a POD site. So here it is, my Philippine Flora, Fauna, and Pop Art Gift Shop on Zazzle,
The nice thing about Zazzle is that they will fulfill all the orders from me, which is awesome because they ship internationally. And because they have a vast range of products, you can tell me if you want the designs on something other than a notebook. For example, a t-shirt:
Native Birds in the Philippines T-Shirt
Or a kitchen towel (lol):
Filipino Breakfast and Meryenda (Snacks) Pattern Kitchen Towel
And of course the crowd-favorite postcards and notecards are all there:
“Para sa ‘yo” (For you) Philippine Flowers Card
“Mamulaklak” (Bloom) Filipino Motivational Postcard
Since I was already making new patterns out of my food illustrations, thought I’d give you some free mobile lockscreen wallpapers. Download links are below the image. 🙂
Pinoy food (Design 1) mobile lockscreen wallpaper (750 x 1334)
Pinoy food (Design 2) mobile lockscreen wallpaper (750 x 1334)