Orchids

Orchids are my favourite flowers because they remind me of my birthplace. This was in the southern part of the Philippines, where orchids grew in abundance, especially where nature was left undisturbed by human activities. I remember memorising all their local names, as every neighbour seemed to be growing one. This sounds morbid, but I…

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Breaking the Hiatus

Hello there. I am finding I am able to write again. I have been gone for quite a long time in the blogosphere due to a lot of reasons. I think, like most people, COVID had a lot to do with it. Like so many others, I caught it last year in my line of…

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Heartbeats

Hello again. This is one of my ‘assemblages’ where I make different ‘objects’ from scratch and arrange them as if to choreograph their ‘dance’. Heartbeats is so titled because of the two hand-woven, heart-shaped central pieces. These are what Filipinos in the central Visayas region call “puso” (literally meaning ‘hearts’). We tend to use coconut…

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Dahlias

Hello again. After the Christmas hiatus, I am continuing my art stories. This is the fourth piece in the sequence from last December’s Wild Wonder show. It measures 29 x 40 cm (unframed). I was nostalgic about the tropics and, hence, the idea of making a kind of floral offering. The backround is an ink…

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Imperfect Symmetry

Measuring 29 x 29 cm, this was about playing with traditional quilling shapes, encasing them in circles and squares. The squares in particular are actually more rectangular, than square. This led to experimenting with how best to arrange them. I came up with the one above, which looks off-kilter in a way because the elements…

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Young Colony

My exhibition called Wild Wonder here in Coventry is fully under way. This is the first work in a series of fourteen. I shall blog each one as the show goes on. Yes, I have been busy making, and here it is in the flesh shown in the wonderful Blue Door Gallery. I am pleased…

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Bioluminescence

Hello again. This is the final piece I am showing at UHCW Hospital Winter Arts this year (in Coventry). For winter, I wanted an expanse of colours, to stretch the quilling, as if in ‘travel’ or ‘flow’. After several preliminary sketches, I somehow arrived at this – an abstract ‘creature world’, inspired by bioluminescence, the…

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