This Friday, 8/21, I’ll be with Ray of Malaya Designs and Joe of Bayani Art at “Friday Nights @ OMCA” 5–9 pm. We’ll be representing preFilipino culture with pendants, apparel, and artwork. Click here for more info.
Join OMCA and Off the Grid on 10th Street every Friday for a taste of local music, food, art, and culture! Savor California beer, wine, and non-alcoholic beverages around the Koi Pond at the Blue Oak beer garden. Enjoy half-price admission, live music, hands-on activities for kids, and extended OMCA Store hours. Bring the whole family to OMCA for a sampling of the best in Bay Area curbside cuisine!
What to expect on August 21:
5–9 pm: Half-off gallery admission for adults, free for ages 18 and under
5–9 pm: Local beer and wine specials in the Blue Oak beer garden
5–9 pm: All Museum galleries open late
5–9 pm: Gourmet food trucks from Off the Grid featuring the best in local cuisine: get the weekly list here
5–9 pm: Gardens open for family fun, with a special lawn bar by Blue Oak café and lawn games available for free with a photo ID
5–9 pm: New! Family-friendly Books & Blankets program available for free with a photo ID at the Level 2 ticketing desk
5–9 pm: OMCA Store pop-up in the Redwood Burl area
5–9 pm: Featured artists with ties to Pacific Island communities of California selling unique pieces, from sculpture to surf-inspired art and jewelry selling their wares in Redwood Burl area
5–6:30 pm: July resident DJ Ren the Vinyl Archaeologist spinning hits in the 10th Street Amphitheater
5–8 pm: Family-friendly drop-in art activity: make a bee antenna, inspired by the special exhibition Bees: Tiny Insect, Big Impact
6:30–7 pm: Hula dance demonstration with Kumu Mahealani Uchiyama of The Mahea Uchiyama Center for International Dance in the 10th Street Amphitheater
7–9 pm: Unique Polynesian music by Mahea Uchiyama in the 10th Street Amphitheater
7–7:30 pm: a pop-up talk, featuring artist Mark Thompson on our relationship to honeybees in the Natural Sciences Gallery
Cost: Half-price gallery admission for adults, ages 18 and under are free. Admission for Members is always free. Cash bar. Prices vary for Off the Grid food trucks.
Transportation: OMCA is located one block from the Lake Merritt BART Station. Event parking is available at the Museum for a $5 flat fee after 5 pm.
Presented in partnership with Off the Grid: Lake Merritt @ OMCA. Friday Nights @ OMCA is made possible in part by generous support from Bank of America and the Koret Foundation. Friday Nights @ OMCA art programs are made possible by generous support from the Walter and Elise Haas Fund. Media support provided by East Bay Express.
This Sunday 12/9 in San Francisco, Ray Haguisan of Malaya Designs and I will be having probably our last event this year. Join us an a unique boutique sale at the historic International Hotel on Kearny st in Chinatown. Indigenous artists will have items you won’t find else where. Watch live kulingtang and backstrap weaving.
Also, I’ll be doing a large scale Baybayin demonstration and playing music starting at around 3pm. I haven’t played any of my music in the US before, so it will be interesting…..Music + Calligraphy mashup!
Sunday, Dec. 9th, 1pm-6pm
International Hotel Manilatown Center
868 Kearny Street, SF, CA 94108
A Gathering of Indigenous Artists at the International Hotel Manilatown Center in the historic Manilatown neighborhood. Descendants of residents of the old neighborhood return to offer their island inspired clothing, jewelry, and art to the general public. The Center is located in San Francisco at 868 Kearny Street at the intersection of Chinatown, North Beach, and the Financial District. Come experience the a new holiday tradition deeply rooted in a rich arkipelago nation culture. See traditional weaving demonstration by Jenny Bawer Young and Holly Calica sponsored by the Alliance of California Traditional Arts (ACTA).
More info on the Facebook invite
I’ve been invited to head a Baybayin talk/workshop at the very 1st Filipino American Book Festival this coming October 1 & 2 at the San Francisco main library. I’m excited about this opportunity because this is my exact target market. So why the fundraising?
I decided to take my presence at this event a step further by getting a booth. These will mostly be occupied by book publishing companies and independent book stores rather than artists because of the cost. However, this is a great opportunity to promote Baybayin. To help defray the cost of the booth, I’ve partnered with Ray Haguisan where he will be displaying his Baybayin wood pendants. Even split 2 ways, it’s a pretty expensive investment. We will be lucky to break even.
This is where YOU can help and at the same time, get some rewards! One of the biggest questions I get is “How do we get your stuff if we can’t make it to your events?”
Basically, we are trying to raise $500 and if we do, you get your item. If we don’t make the $500, you don’t get charged ANYTHING and the project is cancelled. Every Kickstarter project must be fully funded before its time expires or no money changes hands.
Here are the available rewards
$5 – Name (your choice) card
$10 – Name (your choice) on canvas
$20 – Signed “An Introduction to Baybayin” book
$30 – Custom burned bamboo pendent necklace (approximately 5/8″ width, 1/4″ thickness, 1″ – 1 1/2″ length.) + canvas of a name of your choice
Check it out on Kickstarter
The 5th Annual Asian Heritage Street Celebration was yesterday in downtown San Francisco. I had a booth along with Malaya Designs. It was our 1st non-Filipino event. I’d have to say that the reaction was comparable to Pistahan at Yerba Buena last year. As always, we did free name translations on stickers for everyone. Although people didn’t really buy much, it was great to meet people who “know me” online. I also spotted my work on an ankle. Oh yeah, thanks to Christine from Suku Art for the impromptu CBS interview.
My partner in crime from Malaya Designs just relaunched his website. When I just heard of the script, he was already doing his thing.
We have a booth at the 5th Annual Asian Heritage Street Celebration right in front of the Asian Art Museumn
Larkin Street near McAllister. Take Bart and get off at Civic Center
Saturday, May 16, 2009
11:00am – 6:00pm
Asian Art Museum
200 Larkin st
San Francisco, CA
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Malaya (ma-la-ya) adj; 1 free 2 not in someone else’s power 3 not controlled or enslaved by another 4 free from the influence of others 5 free to speak one’s mind 6 a free people.
About Malaya Designs: The First and Original
A Baybayin practitioner since 1994, Malaya Designs was established in 1997 in the San Francisco Bay Area, to celebrate the richness of our heritage. The first and original company anywhere to offer; custom, handmade wearable art made of wood or bamboo. Through our art we aspire to promote, propagate, and educate in the discovery of a rich culture that is Filipino.