The De­sign­ers' Hol­i­day Bazaar is the time to gather over the best of Filipino craft

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To tag a piece—an art­work, a gown, or a nu­ance in a melody—as Filipino is to trust your in­tu­ition. In­deed, in the up­com­ing De­sign­ers' Hol­i­day Bazaar to be held at The Gallery of Green­belt 5 from Novem­ber 10 to 16, and then from De­cem­ber 1 to 9, Filipino crafts­man­ship is easy to spot. In the assem­bly of pa­per, plant, and pat­terns, look for­ward to th­ese artists who have re­mod­eled their na­tive roots into state­ment pieces for the home.

Tes Pa­sola, woman of the pa­per

Manila-born pa­per artist, Tes Pa­sola heads her 40-year-old company, Mind Masters Inc., and the TESP Draft Hub, a company that han­dles her space styling and graphic de­sign projects. With her, pa­per trans­forms from a flat sur­face used for draw­ing to three-di­men­sional shapes. Pa­sola bridges art and func­tion with a vi­sion to ar­rest her au­di­ence.

Re­nato Vi­dal, farmer of pos­si­bil­i­ties

Re­nato Vi­dal of First Binhi—a Philip­pine-based company that man­u­fac­tures bas­kets, topi­aries, or­na­ments, and fur­ni­ture made from a va­ri­ety of ferns, grasses, vines, twigs, fibers, and barks—was led to the path of crafts when life threw a curve­ball and he found his call­ing. From an in­ter­est in col­lect­ing stamps when he was a boy, Vi­dal de­vel­oped a deep pas­sion for pro­duc­ing con­crete work that evokes the land­scape of his child­hood. Labo, Camarines Norte, is re­al­ized in the re­oc­cur­ring lines and de­tails of his works.

Milo Naval, cham­pion de­signer of the planet

Milo Naval is con­scious of the times. In an age where the world needs our help, his be­spoke pieces recre­ate fallen narra leaves, soda bot­tle crowns and caps, and cor­ru­gated boards into work­able ma­te­ri­als for ta­bles, so­fas, and chair sets. His cur­rent col­lec­tion will be another set of hos­pi­tal­ity fur­ni­ture in­spired by trop­i­cal is­land liv­ing.

Mari­cris Brias, hero­ine of his­tory

Through her unique craft, Mari­cris Brias gives voice to si­lenced eth­nic tribes, and re-po­si­tions them in our men­tal maps. Brias was in­spired to found a weav­ing cen­ter that aims to pre­serve lo­cal weav­ing. Her works are pep­pered with pat­terns that evoke na­tive scener­ies and nat­u­ral land­marks. She also works with t'nalak cloth to cre­ate some of her dis­tinct pieces.

Randy Vi­ray, wood­smith

Wood tends to look old-fash­ioned, but Randy Vi­ray's ge­nius shows in how he makes it mod­ern. Owner of Tri­boa Bay Liv­ing, he works with var­i­ous types of wood like ma­hogany, Amer­i­can white ash, and old wood to bring his de­sign to life. Vi­ray's work is char­ac­ter­ized by straight lines, although re­bel­lious pat­terns like hyp­no­tiz­ing rip­ples are a pleas­ant di­ver­sion.

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