You don’t always need to dream of channelling the inner Martha Stewart in you to express your creative ideas. I’ve always believed that people are all born with the capacity to produce something beautiful and personal using his hands.
I have a thing for personalized stuff. Nothing can beat the warmth and joy that personalized items bring my way. It makes me feel so loved and important because it means that I what I got was unique, and no one in this world has the same, exact thing.
I admit that attending the DMC Handcrafted Arts & Crafts Day last January 13th at the Early Bird Breakfast Club (EBBC) in Century Mall made the not-so-crafty-me a little nervous. It was a dare that I indeed accepted.
Aside from the sumptuous food served by EBCC (you should try their Adobo Rice Meal), the highlight of the afternoon is the inspiration brought by seven amazing women who dared to create something that follows their passion: Marielle Nadal-Reyes of Craft MNL, Karla Quimsing of Damgo, Len Cabili of Filip+Inna, Trey Ajusto of Gantsilyo Guru, Mikko Sumulong of itryDIY, Candy Reyes-Alipio of Knitting Expedition, and Alessa Lanot of LifeAfterBreakfast.
Out of these seven women, I find the story of Len Cabili the most inspirational for me.
Len owns the fashion line called Filip+Inna, where her clothes are designed with traditional Filipino patterns from indigenous tribes which are cross stitched onto the clothes. Her brand gained global recognition as featured in Elle magazine and worn by Tory Burch and Amanda Hearts. Recently, she collaborated with Bayo, another clothing brand, and her collection was exhibited in Ayala Museum as part of indigenous textiles exhibition, “Art and the Order of Nature”.
“Start small. Don’t go for big projects and you discouraged halfway through cause it’s taking so long.” –Len Cabili
I can sit all day and listen to her. I am truly inspired by how her passion for her roots and how she communicates this through her designs. She dared to create, and now the international fashion scene is starting to notice her passion, uniqueness and perseverance through Fillip+Inna.
Now this is my dare for you: if you have passion and the skill that you want to showcase, I challenge you to enhance them and draw inspiration from people who share the same creativity as you.
This coming January 30-February 1, DMC will run Handcrafted Arts & Crafts Fair at the Century Mall Event Center, Makati City starting at 10AM. It is a FREE Fair where you can find local and handmade pieces for your handcrafting supplies, make your own projects, or simply hangout with your fellow handcrafters.
Here’s the DMC Handcrafted Arts & Crafts Fair Schedule and List of Exhibitors:
I do hope you can drop by and seize this opportunity to learn from the free workshops. Please sign up early because the slots are on a first-come, first-serve basis. You can register for the Handcrafted Arts & Crafts Fair by visiting DMC Philippines on Facebook or follow DMC Philippines on Instagram.