Pinch+Bitch: The Therapeutic Times of Learning Ceramics

PINCH+BITCH: a term made up by my friend wandy cheng to describe the handling/pinching of clay during hand-building while working/catching-up/complaining about things with your friends!

 The first batch of ceramics I made !

The first batch of ceramics I made !

I had my last class at Clayarts Studio in the Junction (in Toronto) yesterday and I’ll miss it! Sometimes when you have have classes at 630-930 it get comfy and don’t want to go out but I always found that time flew whenever i was in the studio! Taking the class was very impulsive but I shelled out money I barely had at the time (still paying things off ha ha) and started classes two days later.

 First time on a throwing wheel

First time on a throwing wheel

I’ve always wanted to do ceramics because two of my closest friends have taken up the practice. Wandy was the first before it was Sabrina and then me! I wish I took ceramics while I was in school to make use of the resources and studio but it was going to be a lot to balance thesis and a time-sensitive studio course. I could have shelled out $60 for the club and not get marked, but oh well!


 WIP! I hope these will glaze nicely.

WIP! I hope these will glaze nicely.

 Bisque-fired ceramics

Bisque-fired ceramics

I’ve found that I’m more of a hand-builder rather than a thrower. Which isn’t surprising, but I wanted to be a natural at throwing and surprise myself. Honestly, I think it would have been fine if I practiced at it more!

 Underglazing!

Underglazing!

It was a good timing, I think, to make things for the upcoming holidays! i have made ceramics for myself, friends+fam but also holiday markets! Catch me at XSPACE on December 15 until 6PM!

 Greasy hair but i’m all glazed up!

Greasy hair but i’m all glazed up!

I want to thank Parker Dirks for the 8 weeks of mentorship where there was a lot of creative freedom and chill times! As well as Clayarts Studio for opening something so close to where I live lol.

Yonge-Dundas Square: Monthly Digital Art Exhibit

One of my pieces from thesis will be on display at Yonge-Dundas Square for the entire month of August on the three digital screens, rotating about every 5 minutes between ads and other artists' work. If you're ever in the area, please look up! 

Lots of people have asked me whether this was something I applied for. Actually, I was communicated through email from those who are in charge of sourcing art for this monthly exhibit. Signed some paper work and we were good to go! I can only imagine that this was found from Grad-ex, the other artists who are being shown for August with me were actually in the same room as me for the OCAD Grad-ex show!

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On another note, I've been balancing my personal life and finding a part time job to fund my future endeavours and lifestyle of going out! I'm currently trying to make more prints and sticker packs I have in mind, but I am also looking into making more resin pins. I'm also looking into manufacturers for nice enamel pins... if anyone reading this knows, spread some knowledge this way! 

COMING SOON! JUNK TRUNK: A Garage Sale by TRIG

Before any of the content I mentioned was coming soon, spontaneously and much-need, a garage sale! My friends Wandy Cheng and Sabrina Tu (who I always mention on here) decided we need to declutter our lives+make some cold hard cash instead of bartering our stuff for other stuff on BUNZ like usual (it gets tiring after a few years). We will also be selling assorted illustrated goods+prints. More info on Facebook page page, accessible down below. See you there!

 Click poster to be redirected to our Facebook page for more info! Share with your friends, bring your friends :)

Click poster to be redirected to our Facebook page for more info! Share with your friends, bring your friends :)

The Rosedale Art Fair

It has been a while since I've last made a post and in that time a lot has happened which I hope to cover in the following weeks ahead. I still have yet to make some travel related posts about places I've been to (Philippines, New York, Elora-Ontario). But right now I'll cover something that happened just a few days of getting back from the Philippines (straight to work instead of rest!) and that was The Rosedale Art Fair.

 The official graphic used on signage/posters.

The official graphic used on signage/posters.

Firstly, The Rosedale Art Fair is an annual weekend long event that took place at Scrivener Square  with big tents to showcase artists who applied and got accepted to show. There were also artists chosen through OCADU to show work in collaboration with local Rosedale-area businesses. I was paired with a flower shop called Thriving Metropolis Flowers, who were very kind and accommodating to me.

THE MAKING OF:

In the Philippines I was contacted by a friend of friends (but I would like to say we're friends now) who happened to be curating/organizing the event, Courtney Gillatly. With my struggle to find wi-fi, I saw the message request much much later after she had sent it. I told her I was interested, though thinking it was too late, but luckily there was one more spot left. I managed to land a spot, but knew that I had to start grinding some new stuff as soon as I landed back to Toronto for this event the following weekend.

 Because this was a flower shop, I knew I could have fun drawing foliage and plants alongside my usual girls in fun outfits.

Because this was a flower shop, I knew I could have fun drawing foliage and plants alongside my usual girls in fun outfits.

I had work from my thesis show and previous prints to use but I didn't know what to expect from this venue or event at all! Especially before having an in-person conversation with Ingrid (owner of Thriving Metropolis) and Courtney for the first time at the shop. I knew I wanted to make more paintings on display so I bought some wood panels as soon as I could and scheduled a work day with my friends who were also showcasing.

 I saw this long wood panel that was 12x24 that could make for an interesting painting. Though I didn't know what to do with it when buying it. It's the biggest of them.

I saw this long wood panel that was 12x24 that could make for an interesting painting. Though I didn't know what to do with it when buying it. It's the biggest of them.

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I'm always amazed at what I can push out at the hands of a crunch time deadline. I ended up creating four new paintings (though I planned to do six) in a very short time. Though I like them, I wished I could have made them in a more leisurely way. At least looking at them now, I can go back and spend more time on some areas that I know in my heart can be better--despite others telling me it's good enough.

THE SET UP:

Setting up at the shop took no longer than thirty minutes, which is a very short time compared to other set ups for other things, which usually took hours. Ingrid was very helpful and I suppose, as a florist, had a good handle on how colours and shape work in a space. We put some paintings out in the window and some prints sitting on the shelves. And with the space itself, covered in green foliage, it made my work look cooler than it probably was.

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THE ART FAIR:

I was fortunate to be at shop where I didn't feel constrained to my little booth and could go out and see my friends /how they were doing. I do wish I stayed in the shop longer and interacted with others more, that's something I need to practice and hone with time. The area is outside of my friends and I's usual demographic which proved challenging in finding footing of things to talk about/make any sort of sale--but everything is valuable experience. If it is anything, it's first hand experience. Here are more photos of the final weekend display. 

 One of the shop's regular customer even got me a coffee, so kind!

One of the shop's regular customer even got me a coffee, so kind!

Thanks for sticking this far! Until next time...

103B: A Year In Review, A Group Show!

I've been gone a very long time being wrapped up in the final moments of my thesis and final year at OCAD with Grad-ex and in no time at all embarking on a month long family vacation to the Philippines! Ideally I would have wanted to blog in my downtime but it turns out there isn't a lot of down time and there isn't a lot of wifi here!

Currently still in the city of Manila, I'm typing away about a group show my friends and I (me,barely, because I am here so bless them) put on together almost a week ago in Toronto. It's sort of a behind-the-scenes or accompany show to our Grad-ex at OCAD, but this was coordinated without our school affiliation. The opening night took at 26 Augusta ave (home of 156 Studio Project Space) on May 22nd at 7pm. It consists of: Aliya Ghare, Caerina Abrenica, Elise Conlin, Janine Kwok, Jinke Wang, Molly Graham, Rohan Adel, Sabrina Tu, Shevon Lewis and myself!

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We first got ear of a the space through a friend-of-a-friend type of connection and occurrence. As soon as things were tangible the gallery show started to manifest at the contribution and efforts of Wandy Cheng and Sabrina Tu (who are both dear to my heart!!). We thought it would be fun to do a following show, especially since thesis was so much work besides the final that people only get to usually see, and circled around a workspace and build-up. For someone who had to prepare for the show (bless Wandy for printing out my material I sent over from overseas) abroad, a show consisting of work we already have made it more fun and focus on how to make it homey and fun.
But that being said, the challenge for me was that llots of the things I wanted to show were in my little nook in Toronto. And I was always nervous that I wouldn't have wifi to send things over unless I booked it somewhere somehow from the province/rural area of the Philippines I was staying at during the time of show prep. While I couldn't be more hands-on or more in depth as I wanted to be, I think it worked out alright.

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 photo by Wandy Cheng

photo by Wandy Cheng

A big shout out again to Wandy and Sabrina, powerhouse queens of getting things done. Also thanks to "Mike" of 156 Studio Projects for the space. Valerie Poon took photos and the credit for them are all hers--her work can be found here. I'm looking forward to putting on more shows in general with amazing people!

 I'm there in spirit, I hope someone photoshops me in or something

I'm there in spirit, I hope someone photoshops me in or something

BOOKCLUB: The Management of Art Galleries

As I write this, I have just finished scrolling mindlessly on Instagram for about 2.5 hours to balance out the three days of constant late-night hustle+grind (in preparation for my little corner in the OCADU 103 GRADEX). There's still quite a bit I have to do for it in terms of preparing mercy for the GRADEX store as well as a little functional add-on for my display...but we'll see how it goes.

I read on commutes almost exclusively these days because when I'm not at school I'm working on things for school, this year my thesis. In my glory days, I was able to sit for hours with a book and finish them within days or a week. These days, I spend my commutes catching up on sleep or closing my eyes trying to brainstorm for things I have to think up concepts for. Since February, I've been slowly finishing The Management of Art Galleries 

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I saw it at an Indigo and was attracted to such a bright pink and then lurked it online for a couple of weeks before caving. It was especially due to having a lot of talks with my friends about galleries (applying to them, those who have made them, wondering how they work, comparing some, etc.) and befriending other illustrators who step into the gallery scenes instead of solely editorial. It's refreshing because my program tends to have such an editorial-focused way of going about things.

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I guess before I continue these type of posts aren't necessarily in-depth analysis or reviews, but more so as some insight as what's been inspiring me lately. Reading things, even if they're non-fiction or 

My Little Workspace

It's an ice storm in the middle of April, so due to being indoors I've decided to show what my workspace looks like after cleaning it out a little. I might have mentioned it before, but my little nook is literally a corner of controlled chaos.

 My room is 40% art workspace and 60% room.

My room is 40% art workspace and 60% room.

In an ideal world my workspace isn't limited to one big desk with most of it being supply space rather than a workspace. I still live with my family and I work from my room on my laptop when I create digital illustrations for assignments or when I actually paint. I like to work here when it's really bright outside because it's next to the window, although my room is the room that gets the least amount of light in the house. Thats probably why my little plants and succulents aren't thriving as well as they could. What I think I would need to invest in is a proper desk chair because my back and shoulders has been really feeling it this year when I'm at my desk for too long. 

 The empty space without anything on it? That's the actual workspace HA HA HA.

The empty space without anything on it? That's the actual workspace HA HA HA.

 Handpainted some Dollarama figurines that sit on top of a wooden shelving system that I bartered to keep all my little knick-knacks in concealed order.

Handpainted some Dollarama figurines that sit on top of a wooden shelving system that I bartered to keep all my little knick-knacks in concealed order.

I think nearly every inch of this little nook is covered in little postcards, prints and cards I've collected since I finally got a room to myself.  I've also framed the giant cheque of $4000 dollars to free ramen for a year that I won in first year of University for always tweeting the ramen restaurant as a contest. It may be my biggest legacy yet.  The printer I have is bartered as well, I traded it for two skirts and lugged the heavy thing a couple of subway stations before I had to call my dad to save me. It's able to print on watercolour paper with a little struggle and do double sided printing for when I make zines so it ended up being a very useful trade.

 BONUS: my altar at the door of my bed. Where I keep some candy, candles+incense, lights.

BONUS: my altar at the door of my bed. Where I keep some candy, candles+incense, lights.

 BONUS: My book shelf and one of my favourite characters, Kumamon. 

BONUS: My book shelf and one of my favourite characters, Kumamon. 

Perhaps in another post in another time I'll go over actual materials on my desk and inside various shelves that I use but I think this post is going to get too lengthy. 

22

Don't let my baby-faced and youthful exterior fool you, I've just turned 22 on April 1st.  Sorry if a certain line of Taylor Swift infiltrated your mind, she's been around for the whole weekend for me too. 

 Lavender from Crown Flora Studios from Ethan

Lavender from Crown Flora Studios from Ethan

 

I've felt rattled ever since the day I turned 20 because while 18 is technically the legal age of being an adult, 20 just seems like the real adult age. They still treat you like a child at 18 for the most part. I've never liked the idea of growing older, even though it's a privilege robbed of others too soon. But every time I feel a weird heart beat, throbbing pain in my wrists, numbness in my fingers to the elbow, pain in my back and shoulders, and the list goes on--I can't help but wonder why I'm having what I can only assume are first signs to bigger problems. I can't imagine the invisible internal stuff I haven't felt yet. Sometimes I wonder why my soul chose such a weak physical vessel to settle in. But then I remind myself I've made it this way with my choices...

22 is going to be a big year.  I can feel it like a sailor who squints at the horizon and up at the distant clouds and knows something will happen. Graduation exhibition, graduation, a month and a half of travelling, then a life without school-- and then what? I've made a list of goals for 2018.

 

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Maybe I'm trying to put those goals out there so that I can be accountable for them. Anyway, onwards in life another year older. Hopefully, another year wiser.