Creative Space: Gica Tam
Gica Tam is an illustrator and graphic designer based in New York. She shared a few of her memorable projects and what got her into graphic design and illustration. Read on to find more about her creative space.
Introductions first. "My name is Gica Tam. I'm a 21-year-old illustrator and designer, and I'm currently on a self-imposed sabbatical."
My beginnings. "I drew when I was a kid, just like everyone else, but the thing is I didn't stop. However, I didn't think of it as a serious career until much later. Getting into design was, honestly, one of the fastest decisions I've ever made. I was signing up for my major at college and it was the only visual arts related course at that time. 6 years later, and it was one of the best decision I've ever made. Most of the time, work doesn't even seem like work at all because I'm having so much fun! I’m incredibly fortunate to be doing what I love every single day."
My favorite. "One of the things that keeps me happy and inspired 24/7 are musicals. Back in November, I collaborated with my friend, Renee, to create a tribute to Hamilton, a musical we absolutely adore. The best thing about this was I made them into postcards, went to the Richard Rodger's stage door and I was able to give them to Lin-Manuel Miranda himself and all the other actors! I'm pretty sure that was one of the greatest experiences of my life."
My CW Seed project. "The director, Yulin Kuang, contacted me late last year to do some designs for an upcoming series, which turned out to be I Ship It. Yulin and I have been familiar with each other's work for, I'd say, three years now. I genuinely admire her passion, her work and how she's an advocate for Asian-American visibility in media. So when I was commissioned to do the opening sequence, I immediately said yes! It was a faster turnover than what I was used to but it’s definitely been a great experience working with them."
When I'm most creative. "I find myself more productive and creative during the evenings."
My go-to for supplies. "Though my works are mostly digital, I have this insatiable need to hoard art materials. Blick is like art heaven here on earth. I've also been using some wonderful paints and notebooks from ArtWhale.ph and Sunday Paper Co. respectively."
Dream collabs. "The possibilities are endless! I'd love to one day work in-house for a feature animation studio. The thought being in a collaborative environment, surrounded by incredibly talented people, is the dream! "
Insta-inspo. "I developed a strong admiration for @victongai, @raxenne, @pingzoo, @liskfeng, @mariainesgul, @pascalcampionart, @coryloftis and many more! If Gustav Klimt had an Instagram, I’d totally follow it."
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Hi everyone! I just want to share my first collaboration with my father. I converted two of my digital arts, Oneness and We Got Each Other's Back, into a vase and a bookend. I designed it and he made it into a reality. The Oneness Metal Vase is perfect for dried flowers and or artificial flowers. The We Got Each Other's Back Bookend is made from solid metal in which the cubes can be arranged to the user's liking. Both metal sculptures work as an accent piece that can liven up one's space. In case you guys are interested, you can reach me through Facebook/Instagram: @artdkf.ph
Imagine you are holding a photograph. There, there you are. A 5-year-old you is being carried by her momma and papa while holding your rag dolls. That innocent, charming little girl is looking at you and said, "Where are you now?"
Life is filled with several U-turns and unexpected twists of events and during these times in which silver spoons are nowhere to be found: Our families ensure we still get and experience the best as we survive this pandemic. Here's my song, I wrote back 2 years ago entitled: "Won't Let You Cry" and take time to honor and appreciate our parents as they are the biggest front liners in our lives throughout the years.
If you're still single now, there are probably a a lot of questions running in your head. But being on your own for a long time helps you discover more about yourself. It's more than just freedom or independence. It's facing the world with so much courage. It's trying to make the most of your life without having to depend on someone. It's being happy on your own and loving yourself with all that you are.
We've been chasing love only to realize that it's not gonna work out that way. The right time will come that you will be blessed with the one you deserve. The one who also prayed to be with you. The one who will make you believe in love again. Let life surprise you. Hang in there.
The most thrilling and delightful moment of any school day is opening up your baon during breaks. There is always so much excitement in unveiling your homemade meal and snacks housed inside matching heat-insulating containers. Because preparing packed meals is an age-old tradition of showing parental love, loved ones pour effort into curating a nutritious meal accompanied by a selection of side dishes, desserts, and beverages daily; it reminds us that we are being taken care of, even from far away.
Baon plays a significant role in a Filipino childhood. Almost every Filipino child comes to school with baon made especially for them by their parents or household helpers. Even Filipinos in the labor force continue to bring baon for varying reasons: to save money, recycle leftovers, cater to personal taste, or attend to special needs. Nonetheless, eating your baon is a heart-warming experience that allows Filipinos to bring a piece of home along with them wherever they go.
Even other cultures practice making packed lunch. In Japan, mothers create bento--Japanese meals in partitioned boxes. Because of the popularity of bento, trends have emerged, such as the Kyaraben, or character-themed bento. Naturally, Japanese parents and students began competing for who had the cutest and tastiest bento, and this is similar to what I have witnessed in my own childhood. I remember seeing my classmates sharing their snacks and lunches. They would compare and boast about their parents' or yayas’ cooking. In my case, I never had the chance to join in the competition or indulge in homemade cooking. Up until this day, I have never brought any baon to school.
For a long time, I envied others. As trivial or petty as it may seem, not having baon became a problem for my grade school self. During that time, I had to sit in a separate cafeteria away from my friends because the kids who bought food were assigned to sit elsewhere. You could consider me spoiled, but I wanted to experience something most kids did. I had food at home, so what made it so hard to bring some with me to school?
Now that I am on my final year in high school I have come to realize the benefits of purchasing my own food. Since I spent on food everyday, I learned to budget my allowance at a young age. Over the years, I learned to practice self-control whenever I wanted to eat more greasy fries and drink sweetened beverages. I have tasted the strangest viands at the school cafeterias, and I have repeatedly satiated myself over my latest delicious discoveries. Despite the struggles, I am thankful that I have never had baon because of what I have learned. Not to mention, I never had to experience eating cold food.
Literally to begin with, I am writing with little shaky hands because this is the last time I went for a vacation like most of us must have and can’t plan any for now. The coronavirus outbreak has compelled us to stay at home for our safety and others in the vicinity.
I remember how I penned down my year 2020 to be the most remarkable year of my life in the hope of doing everything I desired for a long time and overcoming few obstacles. Whilst planning things ahead, I forgot to truly value all of things in the present.
I remember being chipper and grateful for my last summer vacation but now I feel I should’ve valued each and every moment. Considering the current gnarly situation, I want each one us to motivate ourselves to look for a positive side and to make the most of our time no matter the situation.
Make a promise to yourself that you won’t give up in these circumstances and reckon that there are a lot of good things for us in the store. We’ll have the most amazing season of our life post pandemic. Let’s accept for the change and become the change. Propagate love and only love.