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Documenting the Filipino Design Aesthetic – Handcarved Motif

I’ve been trying to document objects commonly found in Filipino households with the aim of defining motifs that contribute to the aesthetic of “Filipino Design.” One recurring theme I’ve found is a variety of handcarved design patterns on furniture, doors, and sometimes architectural pieces, like churches or sign posts.

I’m documenting these carvings to match them with the plants and flowers that inspired them. The following images were taken from the 3 regions of the Philippines – Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.

Jacob by Ieva Ansaberga
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My Three Must Visit for Pioneer Square’s First Thursday Art Walk

First Thursdays in Pioneer Square is a big part of my monthly routine. I think it’s important for everyone in the creative field to go to a museum or gallery once in awhile and surround themselves with art. If you’re in the creative field like me and you need a boost of creative energy, you should explore the galleries of Pioneer Square’s Art Walk on First Thursdays to recharge your creative juice. It’s a bit overwhelming, because there’s so many galleries and local businesses that participate for the Art Walk so here’s my top 3 must-visit to help you plan for the following months.

Foster and White Gallery

Foster and White has a great collection of art across different media every month. Sculptures, Photographs, and Paintings take patrons through a range of emotion as they go through the space. The staff are knowledgeable and very friendly. If you go upstairs, their balcony is connected to the balcony of Greg Kucera’s gallery next door.

Foster and White – Website

Will Robinson - Flicker

Will Robinson – Flicker

Axis Gallery

There are plenty of reasons why I love Axis. The most important one is that if you come early enough, you can find some of the artists that are currently showing, and they might have time to chat with you. There’s wine and a photobooth as well, making the gallery a natural space for meeting other art lovers.

Axis Gallery Website

Jacob by Ieva Ansaberga

Jacob by Ieva Ansaberga

Heavy Head by Claudio Duran

Heavy Head by Claudio Duran

Intrigue Chocolate

The owners of Intrigue are artists with chocolate as their media. I come here when I’m not having such a good day, and one of their truffles have the power to fix anything. Kick-off your Artwalk adventure with Intrigue’s sipping chocolate – starts at 6pm. They also have a free art wall where you can take any of the blocks for a suggested donation of $5. All proceeds go to organizations that help homeless youth. I think it’s a great way to start your budding art collection.

Intrigue Chocolate Website

Intrigue's Art Wall

Intrigue Chocolate’s Art Wall


This is going to be on my top 10 TED talks of all time. During his pursuit of starting his own biennale, Shea immersed himself in the process by creating 100 artist personas all with their own perspective and artwork.

This has always been in my “back-up plan” if any of my future events doesn’t get enough participants from artists/ designers. It’s so amazing that someone has successfully accomplished it and the artists’ work were all so thoughtful.