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)
My work with Forest Foundation Philippines was featured recently on Adobo Magazine. Hope you can read the full interview, here. 🙂
I’ve known veteran and well-respected documentarist and journalist Mr. Howie Severino for a long time, but only in the way that most people know him — by name, and through his body of work. I’ve never met him in person. Therefore it took me by surprise a couple of weeks ago when I saw that he had followed me on Instagram. His IG was on private, but I requested to follow back anyway because… why not? 😀
At that time, it hadn’t been publicized that he unfortunately contracted Covid-19, and I only learned about it when he accepted my follow request and I got to see the photos on his feed. He also sent me this very touching direct message, and with his permission, I shared the gist of our encounter with my private list on IG Stories, and a few days later, on Twitter. Reposting the thread below for documentation.
While trying to deal with pandemic-related uncertainty, stress, and anxiety, I’ve been thinking on and off if art ~ the only thing I can do – had any use at all, but Sir Howie’s message (above) made me see its worth even at a time like this.
Sir Howie also showed me an awesome photo of him, his wife, and son, posing by the roots of a huge Dao tree and wondered if he could commission me to draw it. I don’t accept portrait commissions anymore, but this was different. Around that time, his essays, “Ako si Patient 2828” and “The Anti-virus Warriors in My Blood” had already been published on the GMA website, and I read both of them in one sitting.
While drawing, I kept thinking that there’s no way I can accept any payment after he had been through so much suffering. It was going to be my gift for all the good he has done, and is doing – undergoing even more tests in the name of medical research, and continuing to share what he knows in order to help others.
After I told him, he sent yet another touching message.
If there’s anything I will remember during these past 1.5 months of extreme-whatever lockdown, this experience would be it. In case you get to read this, thank you, Sir Howie. I’m actually the one who received a “gift” through our encounter because it has inspired me all the more to keep creating and helping in any way possible. 🙂
Edit (April 24, 2020): I just learned that our exchange was also featured in an article on the GMA News website.
So much alliteration on this post’s title. 😀 Anyway, finally an update! I was able to work on several projects last year/early this year pre-lockdown, and I’ve chosen to showcase these three. Please click on the titles to learn more about the projects.
(Can’t say enough how grateful I am to be working with such a wonderful organization that does a fantastic job of empowering people and organizations to take care of the country’s forests.)
The third project is different, but in a way also the same:
I was also interviewed by Hinhin.com
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I was roaming around the Sakuya Konohana-kan by myself in Osaka when I received the messages from Tricia and Pierra of Hinhin, saying that they wanted to feature me on the site. I love the clothes and the general mood and idea of Hinhin.com so, powered by my pocket wifi, I chatted with them in between attempts to take photos of papyrus leaves and desert candles. 😀 It was also my first time to be photographed modeling a dress (from Hinhin’s 2019 collection), and that was quite a treat. 😉
Ending this update with some free downloads for you. Here are mobile and desktop wallpapers starring a few native flowering and fruit-bearing trees. I’ve uploaded the low-res verions here but you can go to Forest Foundation’s site to get the high-res. 🙂