One of the great things about traveling around the country is discovering the local talent and artistry that, otherwise, would’ve been left unnoticed had I limited my scope to the usual things I’d encounter within my comfort zone. Learning about the existence of such skill that edifies our culture and fashion brought both pride and joy in equal significant amounts. Seeing what I saw, marveling at the craft, it was decided right there and then that I just had to share it in the hope to highlight these beautiful creations.
Such are the accessories and sculptures I encountered in the shop at Balay Negrense in Silay City, Negros, Philippines.
I try to find ways to highlight and celebrate the artistry found in our country. The local accessory designs I saw there have that touch of elegant ethnicity that adds character to one’s style without being tacky esp if it’s styled into an outfit with care. Have you encountered local designs that you can’t help but admire?
There is a note of style in its simplicity, which works with the t-shirt and jeans style maxim of our country. Some designs cater to the general style preference of any individual who wishes to wear the accessory.
The beauty about hand-crafted accessories, like the necklaces available in the shop, is that no accessory is exactly the same. We can also add the fact that these aren’t mass-produced (design is generally similar, details vary) so this sort of satisfies the need of some to keep their style individual.
This goes the same with the art I saw in the same shop. It was amazing to peruse shelves that held wire sculptures made by a local artist, Ian Valladarez. Pictured above is one of my favourites — a farmer harvesting sugar canes. In between ooohhs and aaahhs, I would run my fingers over his works and declare that each piece is made of all kinds of awesome. Are you familiar with his work?
I had wanted to keep the sculpture of a lady playing the violin made out of copper wire all to myself but I learned that you can buy a Macbook Pro with its price. I can appreciate art and wouldn’t mind starting a collection of my own but I reckon I’m still at a period in my life wherein I can only afford to admire art in galleries and museums. Ah, well — one day.
In your travels around the country, what sort of things do you keep an eye out for? Have you discovered new things about our culture and fashion lately?