Author: Tippi

Fashion and the Female Pain Body

As a fashion designer, I always thought of the word ‘fashion’ as a verb (to shape with the use of imagination) rather than a noun (a prevailing style or trend), because as a verb fashion held an active, transformative quality that could uplift people and change them for the better (in 2018 I even gave a small talk about it called “Fashion Your Life”  for a She For She forum on women’s empowerment). During the pandemic, however, I came to realize that there was another side to fashion that I hadn’t fully acknowledged. A side that was harmful to women–the impossible standards and the...

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2023: The Year of Living Creatively

It’s the first quarter of 2023 and I’ve started blogging again after an extended hiatus. The past few years have been a wake-up call to reassess, refresh and restart, so what better time than this year to start anew? During lockdown, when Ito and I found ourselves home more than we were used to, I found myself reconnecting with a more intuitive side of my creativity. Painting and creating with no other purpose than to still the mind and be present provided a calm oasis in the raging storm of the  pandemic… Then a home project that Ito had started a year earlier, which was turning our old storage...

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A Night of Dance

It’s been a looooong while since Ito and I have been to the ballet, not to mention to any big event since the pandemic (but thanks to the invitation from our good friend, Luis Espiritu, we found ourselves dressing up for a night out to celebrate the gala performance of Ballet Philippines’ 53rd season). Held at the CCP (Cultural Center of the Philippines) Main Theater, it was a great excuse as well to come together, see people, and catch up with friends who we haven’t seen in a while. In past performances, Ballet Philippines has always strived to showcase the hard work, commitment and dedication of...

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Creating from Scraps

Typically when creating from scraps you will find me designing a patchwork or appliquéd dress, or maybe piecing together a collage artwork (to see some of the creations inspired during the last year, read “Sowing the Seeds” , “Painting with Flowers” and “Chaos and Creativity”). . But during this extended Manila quarantine I learned a way of creating from scraps that was totally new to me…growing vegetables from our kitchen scraps and experimenting on simple dishes using what we re-grew. I’ve never been a whiz in the kitchen (faaaaaar from it!), but finding easy recipes online that utilised the ingredients from our garden was a lot of fun. In addition, it really drove...

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Painting with Flowers

It’s been a while since I last wrote about our home ‘adventures’ because we had quite a bit to do in the last few months, so I’ll just pick up where I left off. During the summer months, it was easy to dry leaves and flowers for our tisanes (read about that here, “Kitchen Tips: Alternative Teas”), but when the days started to get gloomier and the rains kept coming, we were left with a few batches of dried butterfly pea flowers that turned slightly moldy. Before tossing them into the compost bin, I decided to try experimenting and making them into natural watercolour. I took a big...

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Gallery of Past Work


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