Posts Tagged ‘art’
My Moleskine Works Exhibited
Posted on: 18th of July 2009 | Under: Artsy Fartsy

If you follow me on Twitter or read my Facebook statuses from time to time, then you would’ve probably seen my update about my Moleskine Folio Art being featured on the front page of about two weeks ago. For those who missed it, here’s a screenshot of it:


Click image for a full view. :)

It was a small feature on me, together with the six other artists who also donated their moleskine notebooks to Moleskine and Lettera27. That was the front page of when the feature came out, and yes, that’s a page from my notebook.

You may still read the short article here.

Since I’m also in constant contact with Marsida of Moleskine Srl (Italy), she happily sent me more photos of the London exhibit where our notebooks were exhibited last April. I’ll share a few of them with you guys:


Wish I could visit one of the exhibits one day!


The crowd, looking at the artworks.


The lady on the right is looking through my notebook! :)

Marsida also sent photos of my 2nd Set of Moleskine Sketchbook Art. I was informed that it has been exhibited around several cities in Europe:

  • Rome, Librerie Feltrinelli piazza Argentina, for 1 month
  • Milan, librerie Frltrinelli piazza Duomo, for 1 month
  • Torino, librerie Frltrinelli piazza CNL, for 1 month
  • Berlin, Hugendubel Tauentzienstraße, for 2 months
  • Frankfurt, Paperworld Internationale Frankfurter Messe

That list was given to me back in May, and I was told that it would be brought to a handful more cities (around the UK and Denmark too) after that. I don’t have the current list as of the moment, but I reckon my notebook’s just so lucky for being able to tour around Europe that long! Ugghh, I wish I was a notebook myself! LOL!

Here are several photos taken in Germany:


Unlike the other Moleskine events where my notebook would just be showcased along with other artists, these exhibits only featured my artwork. :)


This message came from the lady who was in charge of the exhibits in Germany: “The enclosed images are of paperworld Fair Frankfurt and of earlybird Lifestyle Fair Hamburg in 2009. I hope Anna Marie V. Avanceña will agree with them, because my college Ute Henrichfreise likes her work like me – there are such nice themes in it, so we took good care of it.”


Check out my notebook on the bottom right, showcased inside the acrylic enclosure. =D

Collaborating with Moleskine has been such a joy. Not only do I get to do what I enjoy most, which is make art, I also get to see the care and importance they put into showcasing them. :)

Another Moleskine Project
Posted on: 30th of March 2009 | Under: Artsy Fartsy

If you’re a regular visitor of my blog, then you would know how much I love painting in my moleskine sketchbooks. My first moleskine art was exhibited at the London Book Fair last April 2008, while my second set has been exhibted around several European cities (Milan, Rome, Turin, Frankfurt) and is still currently with Moleskine Italy.

Two weeks ago, Moleskine Italy contacted me to do another project for them again. A new set of moleskine notebooks will be available in the market by mid-April, and they sent me one to fill up in time for this year’s London Book Fair (which is next month already!!).

The new moleskine notebooks (called Moleskine Folio) will come in two new sizes: A4 and A3. Perfect sizes for artists who enjoy the freedom of space. They sent me an A4 sketchbook, and at first I was a little hesistant drawing on a bigger space that I’m used to (I used the pocket size in my previous moleskine art), but I quickly fell in love with it. I like how I don’t have to squeeze my illustrations in the small pages anymore. =)

Here’s a comparison of the different moleskine sizes:


A4, Large, Pocket

See how big the A4 is compared to the pocket? =P

Anyway, I’ve been quite busy filling the pages up these past few days. Here are two of my recent works:


Done in gouache and soft pastels. I love my polaroid! Digicams are also great, but I tend to snap too many photos with my digicam. It’s probably one of the reasons why my mac’s hard drive has been suffering! I really need to clean up its memory soon. Or maybe get a new dell memory or something. Polaroids are great, because they print instant memories. Each photo is always unique and personal. <3 Save Polaroid!


Done in gouache. You can never be too full for dessert! =P This is my second edition of this illustration. See the first one here. :)

To view the rest of the pages (it’s still a work in progress, though) head on over to my flickr.

Interior Design Feature on Philippine Star
Posted on: 17th of March 2009 | Under: Artsy Fartsy, Geek Talk

I was interviewed (together with 2 other Interior Designers) about Interior Design for the Philippine Star Newspaper. The article was published in the Features section last March 14, 2009. =)


Click on image for a larger view.

There’s No Place Like Home
Posted on: 30th of October 2008 | Under: Artsy Fartsy, Life & Love

The homesickness bug has finally bitten me. I miss my home in Manila. I miss my family.

I also missed doing my moleskine art. It has been almost three months since I last touched my paint brushes, so yesterday I took out a fresh moleskine sketchbook and started working. And as I was browsing online, I stumbled on this lovely quote:

“Home is a place you grow up wanting to leave,
and grow old wanting to go back to.”

– John Ed Pearce.

It’s so true, and I feel every word speaking to me.

But either way, I’m still happy where I am. Love is overflowing. Being with him is home too. <3