Hey Kessy in Smile & Yummy Magazine
Posted April 18, 2017
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Mansy Abesamis was commissioned by Smile Magazine to create papercut art for their article “Mythical Effects” found in the April issue.

The designs and patterns were based on the backstories of five wearable products all made by Filipino designers. This one was inspired by Rajah Kawayan, the Legend of the Bamboo Tree.
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For the hand-sculpted silver ring by 13 Lucky Monkey, the ring patterns are from Fang-od’s tattoo designs. Fang-od is the last mambabatok or tatooist from Kalinga. If you look closely, the patterns of the Kalinga mountain papercuts are similar to that of the ring’s.
Smile Magazine Feature

The Urduja solid perfume by Radio Active Mushrooms is inspired by the warrior princess Urduja from Pangasinan. The papercuts symbolize her being brave as well as beautiful. One of the papercuts “magana” means maganda in Pangasinense.
Smile Magazine Feature

Smile Magazine Feature

Other products were inspired by mythical creatures and weave patterns.
Smile Magazine Feature

Be sure to read the entire story by Pierra Labrador in Smile Magazine’s latest issue when you’re on a Cebu Pacific flight. (The photos in the magazine were taken by Toto Labrador.)

Aside from Smile Magazine, Mansy’s creations made an appearance in Yummy Magazine’s website! Catalina Altomonte wrote article called “These Cute Ceramic Plates Deserve a Spot in Your Kitchen” which featured Mansy’s Filipino-inspired ceramic plates. This promotes the local tradition of bugtong (riddles) and family bonding while eating.
Yummy Magazine Feature

Yummy Magazine Feature

Interested in collaborating with Mansy or the Hey Kessy shop? Shoot us an email at contact@heykessy.com and we can come up with something unique!

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