K’s Ate­lier Hand-Painted Bags

Sun.Star Cebu Weekend - - Cover Story -

Look­ing at the de­signs of Katherine Paler Rivera, or K as she likes to be called, there is a re­fresh­ing and serene sense that comes with it. It spruces up an al­ready pretty hand­bag with a beau­ti­ful hand- painted acrylic de­sign that’s per­sonal to the owner and makes it very unique with a great sense of style.

K, a fine arts and se­nior high arts and de­sign teacher, is a fine arts ma­jor in paint­ing grad­u­ate from the Univer­sity of San Car­los. She started do­ing her hand-painted de­signs on bags, as well as clothes, last sum­mer when she got bored and had a rush of cre­ativ­ity in­side her.

“I got bored and started paint­ing my old and torn leatherette with a pic­ture of Won­der Woman,” she said.

Af­ter do­ing that, a friend of hers asked her to paint a pair of denim pants and a skirt to wear for her va­ca­tion in the United States. And by word of mouth, her clien­tele grew.

Most of K’s clients and friends ask for a flo­ral de­sign on their bags and clothes or some­times fic­tional char­ac­ters or their fa­vorite an­i­mals or just any­thing their hearts desire. How­ever, K would al­ways take it into con­sid­er­a­tion the shape of the ma­te­rial and what de­sign fits for the bags or clothes.

“I be­lieve my four years of train­ing in fine arts and my ex­pe­ri­ences in a way give me a keen eye for de­sign,” she mused.

K has a deeper rea­son why she paints. Ev­ery time she cre­ates a piece, K prays or lis­tens to praise songs. “It’s my way of be­ing dis­con­nected to the world and be con­nected to the giver of my tal­ent. Paint­ing for me is a way to glo­rify God and share my pas­sion to oth­ers,” she said.

Get your bags a per­son­al­ized hand paint­ing through the Face­book page K’s Ate­lier or con­tact K at 09176216440 or 09228216440.

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