Sadly, this was the last workshop for our 124 but definitely not the least.
During the first part, the pair showed a lot of great and interesting videos in hat making. Then, for our workshop, we are going to make our own beret. They showed us the basic steps in pattern drafting and sewing that became my foundation to produce a different output.
I made a beret from a scrap fabric I have. When we were given more time to finish the hat at home, I tried and experimented (folding and pleating) to make my pre-hat look more like a beret than a shower cap. I somehow succeeded.
The workshop was helpful in teaching us the basics. But after that, we were left to better our own hats. We were also limited in terms of art direction because everyone has to do a beret. I was dying to do a fascinator! HAHA Also, they should have produced a sample that the could show to the class so that we can have an idea what the pattern they gave looks like after sewing. Apparently, I was disappointed because the circle was too big that my hat looked like a shower cap or maybe the fabric they gave is inappropriate for the pattern. On the brighter side, it left us to be more critical of our work and think of other ways to repair it.
This was our workshop!
For this workshop, we asked the whole class to come in their simplest most laid back look as we wanted to see how a jewelry can make an outfit colorful.
Our classmates who are most of the time clad in runway-worthy outfits (like the three gorgeous girls above) came in their really simple or pambahay look.
Since our theme is Divisoria, D donned a policeman look for that day.
We turned the classroom into a mini-Divisoria complete with repacked beads and notions. We also distributed fairly fake moneys to everyone which served as their budget for their Divi challenge. We thought of doing the whole set up to emulate the real things that happen when we go out to buy our materials and to teach our classmates a thing or two in budgeting, planning what to buy and choosing the right materials.
We were happy that everyone enjoyed the workshop and most gave positive feedback. We were even happier to see their magnificent necklaces.
The only real problem we had was the limited time.
I am really sorry to say this but this was the dullest workshop. It’s not the pair themselves but I think it’s because of the topic. There are really limited doable techniques in wiring.
The art direction was not really artistic because we were already directed to create our wire names which is kind of unappealing for me.
I did a one piece earring I called The Explosion of Mother Earth because of the green gem I put at the center. The wires looked like it radiates from the center giving an exploding effect of the gem.
For improvement, the pair should have researched more on different wire techniques than the obvious twisting and knotting. They could have asked us to bring other materials that can be incorporated with the wire to create a more artistic output.
The clay workshop was one of the cutest workshops and applicable for me since I haven’t done any clay work before.
I was really focused in molding my clay since I chose a somewhat impossible design (my first thought). But amazingly, the clay did its wonders to stand and formed into sprawling snakes after I baked them.
These were the clay accessories we have produced after the workshop. Really cute!
I was able to produce this Kendi-pendant from my excess clay. 🙂
This was the clay ring I made for the workshop. My inspiration for this are snakes and zebra. I was lucky to be able to produce the effect of sprawling snakes that I envisioned. This “fierce” ring was included in the best outputs and I got a free massage voucher from BFF spa!
The overall flow of the workshop was smooth and systematic. Kudos to the pair for pulling off the gallery-esque and Russian ambiance. However, I think the pair failed in actually demonstrating clay molding techniques because they’ve relied on the video demos.
Our fifth workshop was printing. I commend the group for teaching us how to do block printing using root crops and some fruits. That was a new idea to me.
Another technique that we were able to apply is carving. It wasn’t hard but very tedious given the very limited time. At least for me it was because I was really ambitious to emulate the intricate carvings of the leaf.
Looked like the rest of the class were enjoying the workshop.
My final product was a necklace made from a recycled chain and fabrics I block printed with the carved leaf design. I was again lucky to get a perfect score for this one.
The workshop went really smooth. However, it could be improved if the group provided carving materials or asked the class ahead of time to bring one. Also, the textile paint were not adhering to the crops. The group could have seen that and thought of an innovative way so that the textile print could have its full effect.
This is my favorite workshop as I am fond of dyeing even before. I always loved the ombre and faded effect that dyeing gives.
These are the basic steps in resist-dyeing.
In this workshop, we used different synthetic dyes. I really loved this workshop because the group was really generous in providing each of us with stockings and of course, different brands of dyes.
The demonstration was also one of the best parts. They connected to audience really well and were articulate enough to relay the different steps.
This was my output and was luckily included in the top 3 outputs. Yay!
Our classroom looked like a backyard sampayan as we dried our stockings.
The workshop was near perfection. The output we had was really useful. Actually, the stockings was the only workshop product that I use so often.
Using different natural dyes, we were able to come up with our own canvass bag, our very own Boho-esque bags.
It was amazing that the group were able to produce different kinds of natural dyes like bougaenvillea, onion, rose and many more.
The workshop was really fun because we all enjoyed soaking our hands in different dyes ala mad scientist.
However, many of us were not able to produce our desired design which was perfectly explained by the group. Natural dyeing takes a lot of time and our whole session is barely enough. Despite this eventuality, we were happy to have our colored canvass bag than the plain one of course.
We were happily taking our selfies.
The group did a fantastic job in trying to demonstrate the beauty of natural dyeing. It is indeed very helpful especially for those who are environment advocates where chemical dyeing is a big NO NO. It could have been better of course if we have more time to soak our bags. The workshop can also be improved if they incorporated the alugbati seeds which color strongly and fast.