What Others Say

ilamites By ilamites, 2nd Aug 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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What Others Say will be one of the entry series I would be opening (?), launching (launching seems big, haha), in my blogs. This bit is all about those statements people have said to me in the past- the good and the bad. Now, I forget about a lot of things, but somehow some of them stick; those statements that stick will eventually/hopefully find their way here.

Ayusin Mo Nga Yan, Ang Gamol Eh. (Fix That Up, It Looks Dirty.)

Woo, I haven't blogged in so long, so hello, I'm back virtual world. With the status of my life right now, I think more material and entry series will be coming your way. Stay Tuned. :)

PS. I haven't written anything in a long time, don't be too harsh internet.
It was one class in highschool (I'm going to try and make this as vague as possible, haha) and it was probably August because we were asked to make our own Philippine flags and decorate our year level hallways with it. Minor assignment, to get us in a 'festive' mood, I guess. All of my classmates used normal things to make their flags-cloth, crayons, oil pastels, watercolor, paint, markers. I used magazine cutouts. I made a collage flag. Not very abstract, you know. I just stuck reds with the reds, blues with blues, whites and yellows with the same colors. We submitted all our work and my teacher gave mine back. She just said, “Ayusin mo nga yan, ang gamol eh. (Fix that up, it looks dirty)” Now who wouldn't remember that? HAHA.

In my defense, my work was not, in anyway dirty at all. All the colors weren't just in one shade of color, so I would say, it was not a conventional flag. If she felt it was sort of disrespectful to make a flag like that, my highschool self would have apologized. But because she didn't say that and said I need to make another instead, my obedient highschool self just bought cheap art paper and covered the whole thing with same color cutouts. I would say it sucked hearing that though, I kinda liked her as a teacher then.

I would guess that same comment magnified my already present sort-of obsession with reusing paper, collecting product tags, branding on tissue, stickers, postcards, band posters, and magazine and newspaper cut outs. When we're celebrating something or if I'm going out with friends for something special, I stick stuff in my planner. I have tickets and tissues on my planners every year. When there's a yocard stand near, I take at least one of each post card there. I buy interesting stickers and wrappers of all sorts, keep tickets and clothes tags too. I spend time cutting out pictures I like from old magazines my friends/relatives would sell to the junkshop or throw out anyway.

I'm glad that my family and friends (sister, dad, artist cousin Des, hello! And more creative friends!) has a number of art community connections not just because of the tickets (Free show tickets! :D). I'm also grateful that I had Hum2 under Sir Chong (We miss you, sir.) because I get to know about mixed media art and how it's a legitimate way to express yourself now. Now, I'm not implying I'm in any way as capable as or in any way like Alwin Reamillo but man, sure was great to see a piece framed, hanging on one of the halls of CCP or one exhibit hall full of that teacher of mine would have called dirty. BOOM. BURN. Haha.

But seriously, maybe that teacher is being the first harsh critic on what I like doing now. And I really like how its turning out. So thank you miss, I hope you see this.
*Notebook covers, my 2011 planner, my planner bookmark, stuff sticked to my old planners, dance & work notebook covers.


Art, Collage, Cut Outs, Experiences, High School, Life, Magazines, Mixed Media Art, Student Life

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author avatar ilamites
I'm a UP Manila BS Public Health degree. I dance and write a lot. I have scary big dreams. My materials would mostly be on either politics, arts or personal queries.

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author avatar D in The Darling
2nd Aug 2012 (#)

Sounds good. Wanna read a couple more of yours!!!

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author avatar ilamites
2nd Aug 2012 (#)

Thank you, D in The Darling. I have other pages in here, so feel free to read. Will be posting more often this time. :)

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author avatar Md Rezaul Karim
3rd Aug 2012 (#)

Thanks for sharing the article.

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author avatar ilamites
3rd Aug 2012 (#)

Thank you, Md Rezaul Karim. More soon.

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