Friday, August 24, 2012


just a quick update, i managed to close the beagle freedom project fundraising.   idr 11.700.000,- (lots of zeroooos but the usd took 4 zeros out, so usd 1,170) was raised and donated on august 22, 2012 in honor of max' 6th years of joyful companion.

was it tough?  you bet!
would i have done it all over again?  for the chance to see a few beagles in a loving homes—anytime.

i was going to take a shot of the studio's mess, but i forgot and managed to clear it out a little.  it's like a twilight zone hits by a tsunami in there.

thank you ladies for supporting the project: buying and liking them and thank you shannon keith and everyone at arme and bfp for your angelic work.

my life has no purpose, no direction, no aim, no meaning, and yet i'm happy. i can't figure it out. what am i doing right?
~ snoopy
max, i love you since the day i saw you, i love you now and every second in between. thank you for loving me back baby boy!

Sunday, August 19, 2012

"the" alice? ~ no. 4 bfp fundraising project

 cheshire cat: "the" alice?
when i first mentioned to a friend that i was going to sell some scrapbooks to raise money for beagle freedom project, she immediately said: do the alice.  she meant the impromptu tea party i did a while back of course.  i gushed that i wouldn't be able to repeat it even if i took 7 different kind of chill pills.

a few days after, i picked a tunnel vision assemblage i made for the impromptu tea party v.1b which i never quite finished yet.

alice kingsley: sometimes I believe in as many as six impossible things before breakfast.
before i knew it...

i assembled the flying cards pop-up.  that wasn't so hard.  except for when i visioned the binding, i realized the v.1b had a different measurement from the v.2.  so i had to change the base.  what started so effortless turned in to a series of literal bone breaking effort; from conditioning the rock hard "soft clay" to crashing the melting pot to pieces.

i must admit a few times the thought that perhaps i should just have forgotten the projects and donated my own money and asked from a few friends that would say so as well.  then i saw those pictures updates on bfp facebook page and made the pledge to do as planned.

today, before my very eyes...

blimey, couldn't believe it myself—never better binding and revamped version.

another beagle owner friend offered a generous donation for this book. honestly, i would give it to her as a present had i not made it for the fundraising. i felt bad, but i felt much worse for the lab beagles.

i didn't see that most of the charms were flipped when i took the photos, but they're all tie-in to the story and some special ordered metal words charms from the story.

let's see through some of the pages.

this book is designed as a story book all though. the left panel housed the tunnel page and the title page is from tim burton's movie tie-in book.

the graphics are from graphic 45 ~ hallowe'en in wonderland papers.

some pages are meant to accommodate die cut photos.

some are meant to hold full page photos, but i left semi-fixed embellishments just in case. this page has an alice with pull in/out tab on the next for some writing.

there are 24 pages til the end and a tunnel vision box—thick, solid, leather bound inside out interlaced with various fabrics and laces.

some people inquire if i will make more of the sold album to sell; no but thank you for your interest and thank you for supporting this bfp fundraising.

travel log ~ no. 3 bfp fundraising project

a hand bound travel theme journal i finished yesterday for beagle freedom project fundraising.

the cover and back is composed by various metals,resin, clay, beads, fiber, resin, wood, mica and other trinkets.

the 6 inside signatures are sewn using acid free 140 smooth ivory splendorgel and 7 gypsies global papers.

it's a keeper, i will have to repeat this one for myself when i'm done making all the projects for bfp fundraising.

Friday, August 17, 2012

beagle freedom project fundraising

a while ago i stumbled upon a very moving video...

following the site, i went to check another...

beagle freedom project  rescue lab beagles from death row in research labs all over the world to be given a chance of freedom in loving homes.  beagles are the most popular breed for lab use because of their friendly, docile, trusting, forgiving, people-pleasing personalities. 

this little boy walked out of the cage and touched grass for the first time since birth.  he was one of the lucky rescued from the labs.

the 40 beagles they rescued a week before their death row from a lab in spain. first scared and confused then nurtured and fostered until they are adopted into their forever loving homes.

so...inspired by another lady at beagle freedom project facebook, i'm selling my work to raise money for the beagles rescue.  in honor of my beagle max, i'm making 6 projects for the fundraising, one each for the 6 wonderful years of his present. all profit made will go directly to beagle freedom project.

portrait of a lady

my camera went error 20 halfway through taking the pictures.  it will be at least another week before i can send it for repair due to the independence and eid holiday here.

"happiness" bungalow

i'll be posting more details on the beagle freedom project fundraising page. i'm finishing up a couple more works and will be uploading them in a few more days.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

yours truly ~ not your ordinary photo album

(reposting—after i deleted it by mistake)

another workshop completed under the tuition of  nellie wortman at the artful gathering 2012; it's not your ordinary photo album and i named mine yours truly.

as you can see, it's a mixed media hanging journal/book/album.  i've binded mine with alternate signature of fabric/laces and papers; and will work on the details in time as i fill it up.

now that i look at the pictures, i realized the train is too long; it looks like a mermaid. a lady in the group said that she could see a few birdies flying in that tail.  i will definitely have to look into that later this week when i have more smaller birds coming as the few bird forms that i have didn't work anywhere else i tried. 

i was so absorbed in the cover's heart focal point, i adopted e.e. cummings' i carry your heart with me as my conceptual text.  it won over shakespeare's tempest and sonnet 116.

i carry your heart with me(i carry it in
my heart)i am never without it(anywhere
i go you go, my dear;and whatever is done
by only me is your doing,my darling)
                                                        i fear
no fate(for you are my fate,my sweet)i want
no world(for beautiful you are my world,my true)
and it's you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you

here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life;which grows
higher than soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that's keeping the stars apart

i carry your heart with me(i carry it in my heart)

initially i placed the heart shaped quilt as the center piece, but decided with the bird nest instead.  i thought of arranging a heart shaped moss, but didn't go follow through in the final installation.

beneath the flower bed there is layer and layers of treasures: lace spine, the antiqued nails and quilt binding, text of the poem of course.

by the time i finalized the inside pages, i'm sure there wouldn't be so white pages and there wouldn't be a riot of materials hanging down and out.

it took me all day to build this rustic birdhouse.  originally i made it longer which was the shape that i wanted, but it was too dominating so i trimmed it.  that was after i abandoned the worn out red and metal roofed birdhouse.

an artist friend of mine who also owned a beagle once told me that his kumon had contributed in the making of his exhibit series shown in new york.  he asked me if max had contributed anything concrete in my crafts.  out of all the people in the world, he would know if i show him this rustic birdhouse.

the closure of the book...

the canvas serves as the book's back cover as well as the body of the installation.  unlike the cover, i didn't plan to bees waxed the canvas; but i did.

even the back of this piece is adorable.

i'll be staying out of needles for a while. i had more pin pricks on this project alone than in my whole life combined together.  that's because i was pinning and sewing it incorrectly, but now i know (not that i know it correctly either).