Mansy Abesamis was commissioned by Smile Magazine to create papercut art for their article “Mythical Effects” found in the April issue.
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.
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.
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.
Interested in collaborating with Mansy or the Hey Kessy shop? Shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can come up with something unique!