Thursday, May 28, 2015

On Broken Skin

There are a number of things we are not supposed to apply on broken skin. Perhaps because something will get mad and come out. Maybe it is the one causing the sting. 


Tuesday, May 26, 2015

When Your Back Hurts

Though not necessarily from carrying heavy things or sleeping in a very awkward position. 


Sometimes, backs hurt in a stabby sort of way. And you need to be sewn up, with the naifu hurtling back to its source. 

Monday, May 25, 2015

Keep It Together


In reality, we cannot really "un-break" hearts, whether ours or others'. When we have our hearts broken, the best that we or a new and better person can do is to keep whatever is left together, so that it does not disintegrate into nothingness and leave a deep chasm of icy winds and capacity for murder where the supposed heart should be. 

Sometimes though, we become too tired, the new and better person never comes along, or our minds just never seem to be eased until we at least get to do something. It isn't right, but sometimes, we only get to claim back the thing called Restful Sleep and Rhythmic Breathing after we at least inflict the same level of pain on the heartbreaker in order to convince ourselves that the "wrongness" of our hearts being trampled has been even remotely justified. 

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Meaning

We have to mean what we say and say what we mean. 


In my latest art piece, the above sentence applies more to the context of keeping promises of confidentiality, but it is just as important that we mean what we say and we say what we mean in other things as well. 

Friday, May 22, 2015

To Ease Your Mind

When your mind feels soupy. Or your train of thought is suddenly interrupted and everything goes awry in there. When your mind explodes from over-thinking. Like I do. (So I apologise profusely for this over-thinking-craziness of mine.) :) Here comes someone to help you get it together. 


And then you can smile and sleep because you must be very tired. 


Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Starting Off

The Repair-Bunny series. 

The first one shows our herobunchie mending what could possibly be your favourite sock. It does that, mending favourite socks. 



Monday, May 18, 2015

The Last Bite

Here is the last piece for my series of odd-costume-paintings. It all started out with a cupcake costume, and as of the previous post, there was also a grass costume. And then there was watermelon.


And so the last piece in the series, a taciturn girl in a watermelon costume.


And now the series is complete :) 


Thursday, May 14, 2015

Grass with Soil and All

Grass Costume (2015). Watercolour on paper.

Second to the last one. I intend to work on the last one of the series this coming weekend, probably on Sunday. Tomorrow I must rest from things. 

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

New Additions to the Group


Grape Costume

Osake Bottle Costume

Cherry Costume

Leaf Costume

Just a couple more, and this series is finished :)

Monday, May 11, 2015

This Was The Other Sunday

All of yesterday Sunday was spent at home. Quite an extension of Saturday's all-day rest, except that for yesterday, I was planning on making art and working. However, something came up and things were overturned in more ways than one. Hence I shall just finally blog about The Other Sunday, which was way brighter than how yesterday turned out.

Basically we went to a Sunday market to eat and buy some things, and then checked out the shop which currently sells some of my art pieces and hand-made accessories :)


This waraji above was from the Sunday market, as well as the really nice tenugui below :) The one with bamboo is mine and the one with the daruma is for Mico :3 


And then we went to Lupon, a shop of beautiful home-decor and such, where some of my art pieces and hand-sewn items are currently displayed for sale (^____^) It is located at the third floor of Glorietta 4. 


We stepped in and I felt all warm and fuzzy inside seeing these girls lined up in a proper shop, with all their peculiarity in full display XD


Here, they are placed on the central table upon entering the store, along with really cozy lamps and beautiful flower-decor. They also have other art pieces by other artists so feel free to check them out too :)


And then of course, there were also my hand-sewn items (^__^) In a basket next to my ten (there are only ten for sale at Lupon right now so go and pick yours XD) art pieces are my hand-sewn flower brooches and flower hair-ties :) 


After that we stuffed our faces with Kumori buns then took the train home. It was a really lovely day in many ways (^^,)

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Hometown

I previously wrote about using my old gi for making a sling bag, and in the same post, and speaking of old, I also mentioned bringing Mico during the weekend to my hometown where there are old bread shops, old stores, an old church, old restaurants, and where my old grandma lives XD 


I just took pictures of the church because this is the most interesting spot in the area, and Mico liked it too. It was his first time to be there and this time I took the lead and took care of things :)

First I brought him to the oldest department store in the area which I have not been to in ages. There were some interesting Hello-Kitty-themed items and useful sports accessories, though we did not get anything. But it was nice to look around. Then we found a shelf full of shampoos and such in hundreds of sachets and suddenly it felt like being inside the offspring of a modern department store and your Suking Tindahan Sa Nayon :D 

Next I brought him to this sort of secluded section away from the main street where my sister and I would usually go to buy Cold and Colourful Jelly Drinks. There were other food stalls but we were kind of fixated on the purple beverage with dark violet jelly which we finished in less than five minutes.

Part of the reason why I wanted to bring Mico to my hometown is for him to meet my grandma. She used to live alone but now has to be accompanied by two caretakers since her recent serious accident. So after the purple drinks became arimasen we headed to KFC to get something for her because she loves KFC. She was quite pleased when we arrived, and was really nice to Mico and all, asking me to show him her hand-crafted items and her sewing room and her praying altars.  

After that we went to the church so he could see it and the quiet praying spots around it. 


I particularly love this picture above. And the sky was really that clear and that blue. It was quite hot, especially since we went to all the places on foot, but it was still a fairly great weather for going around. I did warn Mico and told him to wear really comfortable clothes, after all :)

After the church visit, we walked along the street where our old house used to be, and I showed him the ruins where it stood before. After having grown up and being away for so long, I think the streets seemed narrower or the places seemed smaller, or perhaps it was just because all was too familiar and nostalgic, compared to everywhere else. I also thought of Gabriel Garcia Marquez. 

I also pointed out to Mico the really old houses that have been there since I was a child, the houses of relatives and acquaintances, and specific landmarks that were so much reminiscent of my childhood. Eventually, we got to one of the oldest eateries in the area, which is partly why we walked that way, and I fed him to the point of sleepiness. But our last stop was going to be an ice cream shop, so after a bit of rest, we walked on again, back to the area of the church. 

As we passed the side of the church, he saw the stalls selling herbs, some "medicines," and amulets and beads and such, and the rows of flower shops. I was going to show him my old school but I found the cemetery gates open, so I took him there first XD It was a really pleasant walk and I just brushed off thoughts of Weeping Angels and Don't Blink, especially when we came across the cherubs. 

I am very bad with directions, but somehow I recognised the angel (among many others) which was some kind of landmark for me to turn right and head for the mausoleum where some of my relatives from my mother's side were buried. My grandpa lies there, and I introduced Mico to him, so in essence Mico has met my grandparents from my mother's side :D A godmother also rests there, who is also the sanest aunt of all from that side of the family. A great-grandmother and a cousin were also there, within the walls. That is not as creepy as it sounds. It actually felt nice having brought Mico there, to the grandfather "who did some of the paintings we have at the house," as he confirmed with me. It would be nice if he can see my unusual artwork now. 

So from the cemetery we walked further down the road until I pointed out to him my old school. We could only look from the outside, as it is totally boarded up (but it is still running) and reminiscent of my Hitler high school years. Then we went up the overpass (from where we saw that the entire school is indeed totally covered) and had a good view of the city hall and the really clean road that led up to it, then showed him the very old public school which now houses the town library (which used to be in the same building as the museum). After that it was time for unpopular yet delicious ice cream, before we headed back home, where we had Good Burgers burgers for dinner. Yes, Good Burgers burgers. 

It was a pretty great day (^__^)

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Almost Breakfast

After the taciturn girl in a cupcake costume is a group of taciturn girls who almost made up breakfast and how I would love Japanese food now. 

Cup Costume 

Miso Soup Bowl Costume 

Onigiri Costume

Monday, May 4, 2015

A Cupcake

I am working on a series of odd costumes worn by taciturn girls. Taciturn girls who are a little red around the eyes. 


The first costume is a cupcake costume.


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