Zee Lifestyle and custom mobile case printer InstaCasePH team up to bring you a slew of bright young artists to watch out for by setting their artwork on this generation’s new canvas of choice: the phone case.
There’s more to typography than just letters, and 21-year old multimedia artist Carl David Graham makes art out of it. From cartooning when he was in elementary school to traditional and illustrative art in high school, he found interest in digital output and fonts when a friend asked him about the difference between Arial and Helvetica.
Now on his senior year of multimedia studies at the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde, Carl identifies as more of a designer than an artist. “I’d choose to draw letters over people, but the occasional figurative painting or drawing always gives me a really great feeling,” he admits. But in truth, he does his best with letters—which come to life as he digitally renders calligraphy or sketches out his versions of fonts on paper. “For lettering, sometimes I’ll use a technical pen or paint.”
Carl’s graphic designs are on his website, showcasing his ability to transform 26 letters into various forms of literal art. His latest project Pancy Letter is a documentary website on Philippine hand-lettering in Metro Manila. “I hope to expand the coverage to the rest of the country and keep adding to the picture bank.” Pancy—a play on how locals say fancy—Letter showcases signage on jeepneys, taxis, pedicabs and ice cream vendors, all of which feature colorful letterings on their “wheels.”
With his design portfolio, Carl hopes to work with international clients and establish his own studio in the future. He also plans to give talks on design. “I’ll make sure that I’m talking about design somehow, even if that means teaching high school students.” He sees himself sticking to commercial design, but also promoting an awareness for typography in his own way. “The letterloving community I’m trying to start, Taypograpiya, will be an organization that people can go to learn about type and meet people who love letters.”
Chrisley Dawn Durooya, a student of fine arts at the University of San Carlos-Technological Center, discovered her passion for art when she was in first grade. “Throughout my younger years, I would sketch on the back of my notebook and practice drawing when I had free time,” she recalls.
With the rising technology, though, Dawn refined her art with Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. “I fell in love with it, sometimes it gets addictive when I start illustrating. Majoring in advertising arts, Dawn hopes to work in Singapore someday before establishing her own advertising agency in Cebu.
Like most artists, one of her prized possessions is a folder where she keeps photos that fascinate her. “I usually sketch or doodle first and ask my friends or teachers for their opinion, just because I’m so fickle sometimes with what I’m working on that I want to do it right,” she shares. “When I have everything in place, that’s when I start to transfer the sketch to Illustrator.”
Despite her youth, Dawn matches her creativity with an entrepreneurial spirit, selling handmade notebooks that feature her illustrations in Origamic—a word she came up with when combining origami and geometric. “It’s doing really well,” she beams.
When asked about her definition of an artist, she says that it is someone who expresses unexplainable emotions through their creative work. “Never lose that special ability, because it’s the only thing that keeps us going.”
Dubbed the Photoshop Guy, Ean Dacay has been playing around with the software since he was in the sixth grade. Although he didn’t have any formal training in fine arts, he liked the idea of creating something visual from his imagination. “As I grew older, I went into photography, but I’ve seen concept artwork or game illustrations that impressed me. I’m only recently trying this style out, and there are so many things for me to learn,” says the 22-year old artist.
For him, art is born with the use of his gadgets—namely a camera and his tablet, before Photoshop comes into the picture. His passion has earned him the “nerdy” title from his friends, but Ean is quick to defend the stereotype and says dating an artist would be cool. “They’re creative in many ways, and can give you meaningful and personalized gifts. Isn’t that sweet?”
Like many, Ean considers the internet a tool in discovering inspiration and uses it to juice up the creative side of his brain. Once inspiration strikes, he uses his imagination and sketching skills to continue on the creative process before transferring his sketches to the computer and render coloring, a task that he admits can be tiring. “Sometimes, I quickly move on to another illustration because coloring takes a while. But when I have to do the details, it’s still challenging but more fun.”
Ean describes his work as fantastical and surreal, and hopes to work in a gaming, movie or production company someday. “Marvel, DC, Pixar, Square Enix, Blizzard, anything from the big names,” he dreams, confident of his own talent. “If I could recreate myself, I would never trade away the artistic skills for something else. Be grateful that you’re artistic in your own way.”
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Although her pretty face would make a great subject for portraits, 17-year old Jade Hoksbergen goes for art that goes beyond just physical appearance. With over 80 works of art, Jade Hoksbergen values her artwork so much that she hasn’t sold any of them.
“It’s always been very difficult for me to let go of my paintings, because they mean so much more than what you see at a physical level,” she explains. “They contain so much more emotion, emotions that I’m not I’m ready to let go of just yet, but recently I’ve been considering the option to sell after exhibiting my work in Tymad Bistro.”
Behind the paint brush and the canvas is a beauty from mixed races—“My dad is half French and half Dutch. My mother is Taiwanese, but I have been living here in Cebu for 10 years.” A few years ago, Jade recalls going through a difficult period. “My weak health didn’t allow me to attend school—I couldn’t even stand up anymore. During that time, my parents dedicated most of their time to me.”
At the hospital, a friend who visited brought a copy of Discovering Art: Picasso. The painting Guernica— where the horse represents the people —touched Jade and stirred up her desire to express herself through art. “I started to sketch intensively. I had my sketchbook at hand at all times as I got spontaneous bursts of a need to sketch.” At the time, painting was a necessity for Jade and became a form of release. “My work became an exploration of my own mind, a channeling of emotions onto paper or canvas. It is a portrayal of emotions in angular lines. In every painting, there are different characters, each one is actually an auto-portrait of myself and they had played an important role in my life—both in awareness and the healing process.”
Although she’s interested in commercial design, she considers art a very personal endeavor. “An artist should not alter their style to feel more welcomed by the public eye. Art is supposed to bring an artist in contact with emotions and ideas that are important and meaningful to them.”
- by Rhea Ruth Rosell
- creative direction David Jones Cua
- photography Christine Cueto
- collated by Kay Busgano
Cebuano Haute Couture Shines at 2021 Cebu Wedding Expo
Forever at Soltana
by Allain Dumon Fonte
Soltana Nature Residences host the grandest wedding destination expo for 2021. In their grandiose Events at Soltana venue, wedding suppliers, event coordinators, events stylists, fashion designers, and exhibitors gathered to showcase their best to excited couples and clients. The grand expo was opened by the Chairperson of Lapu Lapu City’s Tourism Commission and first lady of this historic resort city, Madam Cynthia Cindy King Chan; she was with city counselor, Hon. Queenie Malingin Amman; Taft Properties COO and Vice President, Myra Lynn Gilig; Taft Properties CFO, Feliz Tiukenhoy; and Mr. Justin Gaisano of Taft Properties.
To set the event’s mood, AD models Kevin Lahousse and Gingie Alducente acted as newlyweds joining the expo and leading the guests to the exhibitors’ booths. Yet, the highlight of the event was the glamorous fashion show set in the world’s most visited wedding destinations, as the mannequins of AD models paraded the haute couture creations of Cebu’s A-list fashion designers.
The show was opened by Miss Earth 2008, Karla Henry-Amman, wearing a bridal gown designed by Hanz Coquilla. Her wedding mood was the historic streets and sceneries of Vigan, Philippines. Coquilla created a Filipiniana-inspired bridal dress with perfectly constructed butterfly sleeves, exquisitely clean lines, and masterfully crafted bias skirt of balanced cones and flows. Valerie Alvez showcased a bridal dress made of vintage Chantilly lace. Alvez proved her skills in manipulating laces to be impeccable; the bow detail at the back added glamour to the dress, exuding luxury to the bride wearing Alvez’s masterpiece. Wendell Quisido set her wedding theme to the dreamy beaches of Ipanema; and as her model glided on the runway, everyone in the audience dropped their jaws to the intricately detailed bridal dress that Quisido made. Quisido designed a bustier dress with well-balanced panels that wonderfully fitted the model’s figure; but what made Quisido’s dress jaw-dropping are the countless Swarovski crystals that covered the dress. Dexter Alazas joined the fashion show with a 1920’s inspired wedding dress of vintage tulle and embroidered in the decade’s popular baroque patterns. Alazas has shown the wonders of working with delicate fabrics and the opulence of vintage embroidery patterns.
The fashions show also brought us to the rich sceneries of Mallorca, Spain with Ren Manabat’s three-tiered wedding dress. The labor-intensive layers upon layers of soft English tulle made Manabat’s artwork stand out, among others. Another head turner is a dress that was carefully planned and architecturally constructed, the bridal gown designed by Protacio. Protacio has obviously studied well which fabrics to use and how each fabric is sewn to the other to create an illusion of nudeness under layers of vintage Italian mesh. The dress was architecturally constructed like the Burj Khalifa where every piece sits perfectly with each other in harmony and balance. Fashion connoisseur Marichu Tan-Geson created an extremely detailed bodice lined with Swarovski crystals, and a skirt made from layers of dotted soft English tulle. Tan-Geson’s manipulation techniques on the soft tulle and how she delicately draped every layer of the tulle upon the other is interesting and intriguing. With a work of art as beautiful as that, I could say that Tan-Geson is the Madame Gres of Cebu fashion. The show ended with a groom and a bride wearing a 19th century English-inspired wedding ensemble by master couturier, Philip Rodriguez. Rodriguez has proven once again his artistry and expertise in fashion by creating an empire-waist gown with ruffled sleeves made from dotted Italian mesh of 100% silk and vintage silk taffeta. Rodriguez presented a truly elegant wedding dress; lesser on the intricacy but more on the richness of the materials being used. The rarity of Rodriguez’s fabrics already makes his dress worthy to a MET gala exhibition.
The models wore the timeless and recherche jewelry collections from Royal Gem to match the bridal dresses of the featured designers. Every jewelry piece is made to complement a woman who loves fashion and whose self-awareness dictates her own style. From green sapphires to yellow diamonds, every jewelry piece is stunning. No wonder why socialite and fashion icon, Heart Evangelista, loves and promotes Royal Gem. All models are wearing Shandar bridal footwear.
The Grand Wedding Destination Expo at the Events at Soltana will run until the 24th of May 2021 with exciting activities: a maquillage session with Jessie Glova, a bridal make-up competition and show, a financial literacy session for new couples, a talk on real estate investments, a session with Rod Bautista and Eddie Jamin from the Centerpiece Weddings and Events about wedding destinations in Cebu and the new norms in wedding celebrations, and a whole lot more of raffle prizes from Plantation Bar Resort and Spa, Solea Mactan Resort, Savoy Hotel Mactan, and others.
CEBU’S GALLERY OF ROUGE: Mistress of Disinfo, Vixen of Vexation and the Duchess of Disorder
Ogle La La
By Alexandra Fortabat de Hermès
Cebu’s own Lady Whistledown is back after a long hiatus and talks about the naughty ones who comprise the initial #TroubleTrifecta, three ladies who you may or may not know…
It’s been eight years since someone’s picked up this particular (jewel-encrusted) quill so thought it rather apropos to begin sharpening those French-manicured talons and polishing our sardonic wits once again. After all — dear amigas — there is only so much Netflix one can watch, or peloton one can engage in, or caviar-topped foie to prepare, while we’ve all been locked down in our kubôs for well over a year!
To be sure the last twelve months have been a rollercoaster of emotions, a carousel of follies and a series of blunders that have reversed decades of growth resulting in historical levels of unemployment while a very few have been channeling Winston Churchill’s adage of “never waste a good crisis” a bit too much. While we can go on and on about the bungled and disastrous government response, we will limit our political commentaries here as we have no interest – nor inclination — to open that rather voluminous Pandora’s box.
The armoires that we will explore will belong to three types of our island’s “alta” sociedad who – in this last revolution around the sun – made us cringe and bust out many tubs of popcorn through their sheer audacity, lack of sensitivity, and overall dopiness. This – ladies (and lady wannabes) – is therefore the debut edition of the #TroubleTrifecta.
The first is that amiga who, by choice or plain predilection, just cannot keep her facts straight. Let’s call her Mistress of Disinfo coz one simply cannot trust what comes out of her well-lined lips or read from her often convoluted (and run-on) status updates. In this age of ubiquitous and nearly instantaneous information and the proliferation of fake news, the least one can do is check the veracity of what one puts out in the social media realm. As with anything else, quality is key!
The next Vixen of Vexation is that overbearing arriviste who is desperate to bowdlerize her courtesanal past by plastering her obviously enhanced and Gluta-enabled mug on every surface (and platform) known to modern man. This self-proclaimed Madame Multiverse is quick to brandish her (dubious) accomplishments, has an affinity for B (or C?) rated actors and milks her closeness to certain members of the Old Guard. In her perpetual quest for legitimacy and acceptance by the upper echelons, perhaps this Señorita aspirant should heed the advice of Malcolm Forbes when he declared: “How to Succeed: Try Hard Enough; How to Fail: Try Too Hard.”
Our last Duchess of Disorder is definitely NOT the least in this Gallery of Rouge and has actually been the source of not just consternation but of many a disruption – and not in a good way. This Soaper Woman is so-called due to her propensity to air out all her filthy lavada to anyone who will listen or bother to read her IG stories. Besides giving any Grammar Nazi a massive coronary, this Fräulein of Fracas has been known to commit acts of arson, has no qualms of engaging in online character assassinations AND seems to have a never-ending bevy of skeletons that are constantly feasting in her many closets.
Ladies, please! While we have to admit that we derive a certain guilty pleasure from your virtual explosions and implosions, they do get very prosaic – very quickly. Discretion, like intelligence and proper manners, truly never goes out of style.
So there you have it folks. These tumultuous times we live in certainly do not need any more brouhaha so please remember to be precise, don’t try too hard and always maintain a certain sense of delicadeza. Not only will your lives be simpler and more pleasurable but maybe, just maybe, you may finally crack that clique that you’ve been clawing your way to be a part of.
New Year’s Eve Dressing for 2020
What’s an ideal New Year’s Eve soirée outfit? Three of Cebu’s young fashion designers share their suggestions for the ladies on how to ring in the year 2020 in style…
“Holiday dressing is all about sheer skin and comfort. A silver gray palazzo jumpsuit with sheer lace cut-outs is in order.” -Mikhail Achas, Fashion Designer
“Holiday dressing is all about clean lines and sophistication. A tailored blacked tea dress with godet insertions will totally give out a modern vibe with a toast to the 50s.” -Bree Esplanada, Fashion Designer
“I chose this design because it is so comfy and light. The raffles make it look elegant and versatile for different events, like awarding ceremonies or a New Year’s Eve party.” -Eve Navales, Fashion Designer
Something to watch out for this year from these young designers will be their collection exclusively designed for the cast of Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues for V-Day Cebu 2020, which will be staged in March. For more information, visit the Facebook page V-Day Cebu.
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