Only a few hours to go before we come face to face with 2017!
Before the year ends, let’s look back and reminisce about some of the best things that happened to us over the past 12 months.
Hey Kessy had a busy December 2015 (Danjugan Art Residency and the workshops we held at Bacolod and Iloilo), so January was all about resting, recharging, and making plans for the next few months.
Crafts aren’t just for girls! We invited guys to make gifts for their moms, ates, girlfriends, teachers, and the other women in their lives for Valentine’s Day and they enjoyed it! During this month, we also held a Valentine’s Day pop-up featuring local brands. DTI also sent Hey Kessy to Dumaguete to hold a papercutting demo during their Arts Festival!
It was a bittersweet month when we celebrated Hey Kessy founder Mansy Abesamis’ birthday with the closing of the Hey Kessy shop on Esteban Abada. Family, friends, and special guests were all invited to a Fight Club-themed party wherein everyone had the opportunity to made soap! Everyone had a blast from craft neophytes to those who made handmade projects on a daily basis. We also took a trip to Baguio and had a workshop there!
Things got extra busy as we approved designs, checked blueprints, and oversaw the construction of our new store! We were so excited and couldn’t wait for the new shop to open, but we had to deal with the “boring” stuff—looking for contractors, making sure the schedule was followed (things creative entrepreneurs also have to deal with). Tedious but necessary! For Design Week, we held a workshop in Intramuros with the Craft Camp team, and talk about being a creative entrepreneur.
Who doesn’t love Mother’s Day? We honored mothers by tying up with Charles and Keith to produce do-it-yourself stamped postcards at their stores! At the same time, we also threw a Mother’s Day Rubber Stamping Party at UP Town Center. The crafts workshops were on break, so that the Hey Kessy team could plan for the opening of the new shop and the rest of 2016. Simply put, it was time to level up!
Hey Kessy finally opened its doors at the second floor of Urban Turf in UP Town Center, Quezon City! We had to adjust to the new environment, but all in all we were super happy to discover homegrown brands that became our neighbors.
Who could forget about our Better and Brighter Opening Party and the introduction of the After Nine Keeper? We invited different crafters and partner brands to hold live art demos, craft stations, and even giveaways! For the After Nine Keeper, we allotted a bigger space and opportunity for other independent brands to sell their products.
We relaunched our blog to give you more fun posts, more easy-to-do craft projects, and more in-depth interviews with talented people with varied interests! (Oh, by the way, let us know what craft projects you want to try, artists you want to get to know, and whatever exciting you think of for 2017!)
This month was all about supporting a great cause through our shop’s most popular product! We designed a special Danjugan Island washi tape in collaboration with Negros and Manila-based artists Kaila Ledesma, Gringo Benedicto, Iya Regalario, and Mansy Abesamis. Originally launched at the Negros Trade Fair in Glorietta, the exclusive design is still available at the UP Town shop, online (email firstname.lastname@example.org), and in Bacolod (email email@example.com).
Hey Kessy headed to Siargao, the surfing capital of the Philippines, to sell craft materials in Felice shop under the name Kess Sea. While visiting the tropical island, Mansy Abesamis also held sun print workshops for both locals and tourists! It was an exciting experience meeting other makers from different parts of the country! We can’t wait to travel to more places in 2017!
Two exciting events took place this month: 1) the release of two new original Hey Kessy washi tape designs made by talented artists Manix Abrera and Reese Lansangan; and 2) the two-day Craft Camp in Antipolo organized by crafters Mansy Abesamis, Macy Alcaraz, Veronica Cosio, Alessandra Lanot, and Mikko Sumulong!
Something new is coming early next year! Can you guess #WheresKessy?
Which workshops would you like us to hold in 2017? What do you want to see next in our shop? Do you have suggested crafts or artist collaborations? Share all your hopes and wishes with us in the comments section below and we’ll try to make them happen in the upcoming months! In the meantime, follow us on Facebook and Instagram for instant craft inspirations and shop updates.