Creative Space: Kara Pangilinan
Kara Pangilinan of Details Ink has drawn on paper, walls, glass windows, and more. Her intricate hand-drawn art has gone beyond paper—appearing on phone cases, ukeleles, helmets, and sneakers. Meet the talented woman who's set to have her first solo exhibit tonight.
- Introductions first. Who are you, how old are you, and what do you do?
"My name is Kara Pangilinan and I'm 22 years old, currently taking my BS Architecture thesis at UP Diliman and I'm the pen and ink artist behind Details Ink."
- How did you first get into art?
"I started in high school during the year 2011. (Details Ink just had its 5th birthday last week!) Back then, it was just a personal creative outlet for me—a way to pass time during class, and let out my feelings. I'd doodle all over my planners and notebooks, and fill it up with every thought on my mind. Words, images, patterns—anything. That's how I developed my particular pen and ink style. Somehow, it would always end up looking really intricate... and well, I've loved black and white ever since, haha!"
- You work with ink a lot. Is there any other medium you prefer? What’s your go-to store to stock up on supplies?
"I will always have a good stock of PILOT markers and G-Tech pens, UNI felt tip pens and paint markers, and ZIG Mangaka flexible pens, paint pens, brush pens and a whole lot of 50cm Biggies! Those are the different things I use for my black-and-white work, but apart from that, I have my go-to Prang water color sets, Reeves acryclic tubes, and a lot of other stuff!
No clothing brand will ever excite me as much as an art supplies shop! <3"
- What's the best time for creating for you?
"Although my body clock has been really messed up and I find myself with ink stained hands even at 3 am, I have always been most efficient early morning. I mean, if I get to sleep well and wake up early morning. My favorite days are those when I'm up reallly early and am able to power through my to do list like a trooper, all before noon. But that goes for when I'm conceptualizing work for a client.
"If it's for my own personal art, there are no time bounds. The urge to draw comes up at the most random times during the day, and I think all my notes in class have little scribbles of calligraphy or intricate patterns somewhere on the page."
- Are there any memorable projects you’ve worked on that you can share with us? What can we look forward to?
"One of the best things about 2016 was that I got to do a whole lot of murals. I started making #DetailsInkWalls last December and my gosh, I love it so much. It is probably the most tiring, and most rewarding thing.
"Having drawn tiny things on tiny paper items for the first four years, I never imagined I'd be able to draw something at such a large scale. I was so scared! My first commissioned mural was for a landscape architecture firm office. I drew an office window overlooking a tree on an 8-sqm surface, and my goodness, it was probably the most intricate thing I've done. Becaaause the owner wanted every single member of his staff, along with himself and his family, to be represented somehow in the artwork. So the details were comprised of the things each one loved... all integrated into one cohesive drawing! It took me three days and seven jumbo markers to complete!
"Over the past few months, I've been drawing a lot in preparation for my upcoming solo exhibit today, November 6. It'll be a celebration of five years of pen and ink art! #DetailsInkatFive. Yay!"
- What's a dream collab you want to work on?
"Oh my, I'm shy. Haha! Well, as of now, I really want to challenge my intense fear of heights and create a huge building wall murall with someone. That's the dreeeam! And I really can't imagine doing that alone. Haha!
"Apart from that, I really really want to get into interactive public art! I want to create something people can take pictures with; or something that they can stop and smile at during their daily commutes. (There is soo much art potential in LRT/MRT Stations!) I love it when people can relate with my work, and I'd really like to explore that more. :)"
- What would be your advice for young girls who want to get started in art?
"I always tell my workshop students that the only way to really become an artist is to actually make art—not just read about it, not just gather pegs, not just plan things out. You have to jump in, ready or not, and do it. Do lots of it. Again and again. As much as you can.
You really have to go through a tremendous amount of work, in order to truly turn your dream into your every day. And I think that process is beautiful.
"You have to push yourself to learn, to grow, to fail, to try new things... you have to show up and finish one project after another, giving your very best each time. And you have to keep doing that until you reach a certain point and realize that you're current source of stress was your once your biggest dream. And that despite all the doubts you have on whether or not you're good enough, you'll find that you've come a long away. :)"
- Who do you follow on Instagram for inspiration?
"For some reason, I get inspired by artists from diverse fields. Maybe, it's because the artists themselves push me to become better and to do more.
"Some of my favorite pen and ink artists include Kerby Rosanes, Kelsey Montague, and @Visothkakvei. I'm forever inspired by local artists Alexis Ventura of Ink Scribbler, AJ Pangilinan of Sunday Paper, Ella Lama, June Digan, and Abbey Sy. Hands down, beautiful work, beautiful people. <3"
Don't forget to drop by tonight from 6 to 10pm at Warehouse Eight, La Fuerza Plaza, 2241 Don Chino Roces Avenue, Makati City for her first solo exhibit called What's Stopping You?
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5 Mystery-Thriller Novels to Read
If you’re stuck at home and out of Netflix shows to binge-watch, then you might want to try and read these mystery-thriller books to match your homemade Dalgona Coffee.
1. The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
The debut novel, and Goodreads Choice Awards Best Mystery & Thriller of 2019, follows Alicia Berenson, a well-known painter married to an esteemed fashion photographer. Life seemed perfect for Alicia, until one evening when she shot her husband five times, and… never spoke again.
2. Lock Every Door by Riley Sager
From the author of Final Girls comes this page turning novel about an infamous building in Manhattan called the Bartholomew. After stumbling upon an ad to become an apartment sitter, Jules Larsen has set out to look after apartment 12A under strict and somewhat odd conditions. Not long after stepping foot in the building, Jules has been met with unfriendly tenants, eerie noises in the apartment unit, and an abrupt departure of a fellow sitter named Ingrid.
3. The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James
If you loved Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho or David Lynch’s Twin Peaks, then this book is for you. After the disappearance of her Aunt Vivian while working as a night-shift clerk at the Sun Down Motel in 1982, Carly has set off to Fell NY, to work the same job at the same place as her Aunt had 35 years ago – with hopes of uncovering the truth lurking behind the Motel walls.
4. Verity by Colleen Hoover
While known for Young-Adult Novels such as Slammed and Maybe Someday, Colleen Hoover offers readers a romantic thriller about Lowen Ashleigh, a struggling author who was given the opportunity to finish the three remaining novels of a successful series after its original author, Verity Crawford, suffered an accident and has become immobile. After receiving an invite at the Crawford manor to sort through Verity’s notes, Lowen discovers an unpublished autobiography revealing the truth about Verity. With the eerie atmosphere of having Verity confined in her own home, and who is seemingly aware of her surroundings, Lowen is certain Verity is not what she appears to be.
5. Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
A mind-bending science fiction thriller from the best-selling author of Wayward Pines – Dark Matter is packed with the concept of the Multiverse and the philosophy of existentialism. The novel follows an ordinary Physics professor, Jason Dessen, who was looking forward to dinner with his family while walking the streets of Chicago. The next thing he knew, he was being held at gunpoint – by a man wearing a mask – and injected with an unknown drug and blacks out. When he regains consciousness, he learns that the world he woke up to was different from the world he knew.
Here's a poem I wrote a while back reflecting on what it's like over-rationalize a simple thing like crushing on a dude -- hence, the title "Scientific Method"
You were a phenomenon I cannot wrap my head around
When I first met you, my heart forgot to make its signature sound
And it's overwhelming, your presence;
And underwhelming, so science will be the only language I'll hide in-- For now.
At first glance, I notice your top button unbuttoned,
and your shirt fully cotton
Complete with a smile as nervous as me
And a swagger in your step only I can see
Further on, I find your wit to be at a pace
That doesn't leave any space for tension to rise
and it's all too nice
And ridiculous and a bit too suspicious
That this isn't another (well,) circus.
Now, let's take a wild guess,
Oh, but it has to be smart, yes,
That this could lead to something with potential
That this isn't another differential easily solved
With a formula, tried and tested but never evolved
For so long, we've both been independent of any dependent
Keeping our variables fixed and ourselves distracted
With anything, everything,
But not a single thing
Could stop me from pushing this blindly to find its threshold,
Hoping that it's a quantity my hands could still hold
Over hours, days, and weeks
Through minor revisions and tweaks
Then comes the analysis -- that these weren't accidents
So, now I find myself in a conundrum
With the anomaly in a blue shirt right in front of me,
That this had to be processed logically,
But the findings are as follows:
None of which were shallow, so I therefore conclude that it's true,
I therefore conclude that it's you.
Mi Luna: The Light in My Dark Soul Locked in… Alone…
Why do I feel comforted by darkness? Oh cause maybe because… I am a jolly and very enthusiast kid back then. All I know is to have fun, laugh and play. But as I grow older, everything has changed, a lot. I can feel the changes. I know the more I get older, I’m turning to something I’m not. You know what, I just realized I like it even more. And that’s how I turned a monster. A monster to my own self. Always questioning life and even God about the things that are happening with my life. “Do I deserve this?”. Every day was a struggle. “Which mask should I wear now?”. And every night is my judgement time. “Should I still continue with my miserable life?”. This certainly sum up my whole life. I have this mindset since I was young. I can say that my experiences made me like this. I always want to escape, but every time I tried to pick up myself up, there is always shits that pulls me down. And there, I get tired. Hoping that no one would ever see this. As I despise myself as well. What I can do now is to just embraced everything, I just embraced darkness- reflecting my own self.
“Look at the moon, it can shine alone and it can give us light at night.” A line I was keeping in my mind that a friend of mine helps me realize things and been there to fix my path. And there I started seeking for my moon but I do not know which part should I start. As days passed, I started to open up myself. I started to act as what truly inside me. It is very hard at first and there is this time that even the situation got worst. But as I continue exploring with my life, a question pop out on my head “Why did I still get this far?”, I can say that maybe I should do this, maybe I really can do this but it is myself who is holding me back because I’m afraid.
Now as far as I am trying to revive my soul, there I know that many people care. Yes, I learned to open up but not to all, on different situations there are people who can understand me because they have the same situation as I am. I learn to open up as long as they did not force me. I learned to navigate and open up for whom I trusted and at the same time when I am ready. The light that I am seeking is my own understanding and acceptance about myself. My light is myself and I am Mi Luna. So it is not too late to save myself. I have thought that, I should be a survivor and winner. That I should also be the ruler of my own mind and soul. Eliminate the room for darkness and let the light shine through you, that I can say how I earned myself again. Mi Luna’s darkness have turned to spotlight.
I just posted some of my own movie reviews from LSS to The Heiress para naman may pagka-movie critic ako in the midst of the pandemic… from Home! Check them out here: Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino 3 (#PPP2019): • #LSSTheMovie: bit.ly/MyLSSReview • #ThePantiSisters: bit.ly/MyTPSReview • #ImEllenyaL: bit.ly/MyImEllenyaLReview Metro Manila Film Festival: • #TheMallTheMerrier: bit.ly/MyTMTMReview • #MissionUnstapabol: bit.ly/MyMissionUnstapabolReview • #3polTrobolHuliKaBalbon: bit.ly/My3polTrobolReview Non-film fest: • #JamesAndPatAndDave: bit.ly/MyJPDReview • #TheHeiress: bit.ly/MyTheHeiressReview Any thoughts? Don't forget to connect by commenting! Enjoy #MovieBingeAtHome! #COVIDMovieCritic