Posts Tagged ‘moleskine’
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 Moleskine.com about two weeks ago. For those who missed it, here’s a screenshot of it:

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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 Moleskine.com 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:

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Wish I could visit one of the exhibits one day!

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The crowd, looking at the artworks.

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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:

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

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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.”

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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:

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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:

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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!

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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.

Highlights of 2008
Posted on: 11th of January 2009 | Under: Life & Love, Thoughts & Emotions

2008 was a rather eventful year for me, and because I feel like it, I will recall the memories in bullet form:

  • I greeted 2008 at home with JR and my family. The best way to start the new year!
  • In March, my moleskine art was one among thirty others chosen to be exhibited at the Moleskine booth at the London Book Fair.  It was an opportunity that really took me by surprise. Most of the other artists were from Europe and the USA. Only two of us were Asians (the other was from Japan), and it somehow made me a proud Filipina for being able to represent the Philippines alongside other more prominent Nationalities.
  • I flew off for a quick trip to Singapore for JR’s birthday in April. Being physically apart for almost a year (although he did fly back to Manila for vacation several times), I just couldn’t let his special day pass without spending it with him.
  • Early into the year, work at Ethan Allen became a never ending roller coaster ride. I was no longer happy and satisfied that in the middle of the year, I finally decided to file my resignation. It was a decision that I had a hard time making, because as exhausting as it was (the work, that is), I was sad to leave my office mates.
  • For my 25th Birthday, my family and I went on a three-day trip to Hong Kong. We used to travel a lot, but ever since we moved back to the Philippines, we’ve all been caught up in our own lives that we never had the time and chance to go on a getaway together. Spending time with them on my birthday was definitely a treat, especially since two weeks later I would be leaving them to live in another country.
  • In the middle of June, I packed my bags and moved to Singapore. It was one giant leap that I finally had the will power to take. No regrets whatsoever, because I believe that in the last seven months, I have grown immensely, both personally and career-wise. Finally being with the boyfriend has been wonderful, and like he said, “in our five years of being together, this is probably our happiest year yet.” =)
  • On the third week of July, I was featured in the Philippine Daily Inquirer for my moleskine art. It was a surprisingly big article, and was definitely another “I made my family proud” moment. =D
  • September was a rather emotional month, because we lost JR’s father. In the five years that I knew him, he always made me feel that I was really part of the family. We miss him, but we know that he is happy where he is now.
  • October 2008 marked our 5th year together. Our dinner celebration was probably our best Anniversary to date. <3
  • I moved to Singapore to primarily look for work. It was a lot harder than I thought, but after several months of applying and going to job interviews, I finally joined a company in the middle of November. It has been quite stressful, but I’m coping. Besides, I believe I already learned a lot of new things.
  • 2008 was also the year that I finally got to read more. A total of seventeen books. I was hoping to read more, but once I started working again, I could no longer find the time to read. I’m hoping 2009 would be more generous with leisure time, so I can indulge myself in books more.
  • To end the year, JR and I flew back to Manila for close to two weeks. It was definitely what I needed. An opportunity to de-stress and spend time with my family who I missed a lot. I wish I had more time to do more shopping though (perhaps some Rackmount monitor? Probably not). I found myself rushing every time I was at the mall, that I flew back to Singpaore forgetting to buy a couple of goodies I intended to.

I greeted 2009 at home with my family and JR. The perfect way to start the year, I must say. I’m hoping this year will be another fruitful one. =)

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