MORE THAN MA­TE­RIAL IN­TER­EST

The sis­ters be­hind Co-Cre­ative Stu­dio ex­plore the in­ti­ma­cies of com­mu­nity and hard work

Cebu Living - - Arts & Culture - By LEX CELERA Im­ages by SAM LIM

Pic­ture this: a web of pipes, wires, and cogs twist­ing and turn­ing to make the prod­uct of your choice. Con­veyor belts cir­cu­late and levers go up and down, each part of the ma­chine op­er­at­ing in a man­ner that can be de­scribed as metic­u­lous, ef­fi­cient, and well­cal­cu­lated. The ma­chine never tires and makes the barest mis­takes. Ef­fi­cient, yes, but also cold and me­chan­i­cal.

Con­trast it with the im­age of soiled, sweaty hands grip­ping skeins that are plaited into ropes. The fin­gers move slowly but surely. A can­dle flame is used to bind the ends of the ropes, and the sun, though harsh, pro­vides the nec­es­sary light. The work pro­duced may not be as pre­cise as what a ma­chine could, but the crafts­man­ship is hon­est, in­ti­mate, and warm.

Those hands be­long to Mrs. Dios­dada whose work of re­cy­cling rope from nearby docks span 40 years and have sus­tained her and her fam­ily.

Her ef­forts are now be­ing ap­pre­ci­ated, thanks to sis­ters Vikki and Paula Ro­driguez of Co- Cre­ative Stu­dio. Rope skeins were fash­ioned into pieces for Co- Cre­ative Stu­dio’s Navi Col­lec­tion, which heav­ily takes in­spi­ra­tion from its raw ma­te­ri­als: the sea, the waves, and ev­ery­thing in be­tween.

Mrs. Dios­dada be­longs to one of the com­mu­ni­ties rec­og­nized and tapped by CoCreatives Stu­dio, and the recog­ni­tion ex­tends be­yond the use of the ma­te­rial they work with; there’s also a con­scious ef­fort on the stu­dio’s part to high­light the hon­est work of crafts­men. One of the ideals of Co- Cre­ative Stu­dio is “Co- mmu­nity,” where com­mu­ni­ties

SIS­TERS VIKKI AND PAULA RO­DRIGUEZ HAVE DIS­TINCT PER­SON­AL­I­TIES THAT COM­PLE­MENT

EACH OTHER. VIKKI HAS EDGIER DE­SIGNS, WHILE PAULA’S ARE MORE ROUNDED OUT, AND THE TWO TALK

A LOT TO MAKE EACH OTHER’S DE­SIGNS BET­TER.

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