Friday, August 22, 2014

Artistory: Robert Alejandro's Adventures in Burma



Hop aboard the magical pen of Robert, Papemelroti's brilliant artist!  Watch as he captures, not with a camera but with ink and paint, the beautiful scenery around him.


Incredibly beautiful monastery in #inlelake #myanmar


I love Bagan, Burma! #bagan #burma

Robert doesn't like bringing a camera with him.  He prefers to take things slow and bring the memory of the experience come back to life with colors on a piece of paper.

Biking, drawing and painting in #bagan #myanmar

Local fishermen are known for practicing a distinctive rowing style which involves standing at the stern on one leg and wrapping the other leg around the oar. #myanmar #inlelake #moleskine #watercolor

People, pigeons and a dog in Yangon; Myanmar.


Botanic Chic on Kinokuniya


Botanic Chic is now available at Japanese reknown bookshop chain Kinokuniya.

The bookweb describes it as:

When artist Robert Alviola Alejandro looks at a simple leaf he sees an entire fashion scene: Women dance in 1920s flapper dresses, couples in chic overcoats walk arm in arm, bearded men head out in bowler hats, and elegantly turned out gals take their pooches for a walk. There are cowgirls and mods, ladies in waiting and ladies who lunch, urban fashionistas and fans of the avant-garde. The leaf, of course, becomes a seamless part of each garment. Fashion designers have long been inspired by the natural world so it comes as no surprise that the greenery that surrounds Alejandro in his native Phillipine Islands have led to such creative sartorial illustrations.


You can also get the book at Amazon online.

  • This beautifully designed book showcases the unique fashion illustrations of Robert Alejandro, an artist based in Manila who begins each drawing with a single leaf
  • Original, humorous fashion illustrations
  • Great gift book for anyone interested in fashion, design, art, illustration or nature
  • Part of the revival of the unique art of fashion illustration

When artist Robert Alviola Alejandro looks at a simple leaf he sees an entire fashion scene: Women dance in 1920s flapper dresses, couples in chic overcoats walk arm in arm, bearded men head out in bowler hats, and elegantly turned out gals take their pooches for a walk. There are cowgirls and mods, ladies in waiting and ladies who lunch, urban fashionistas and fans of the avant-garde. The leaf, of course, becomes a seamless part of each garment. Fashion designers have long been inspired by the natural world so it comes as no surprise that the greenery that surrounds Alejandro in his native Phillipine Islands have led to such creative sartorial illustrations. Amazon.com

http://www.amazon.com/Botanic-Chic-Fashion-Illustrations-Alejandro/dp/0985136820

If you're in France you can get it at FNAC Express
If you're in Germany, get it at Beck

*The book, published in the United States is not available in the Philippines.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Fabric Flowers for a Good Cause

Visitors at Papemelroti shops will notice a new sign at the counters that looks like this:


The fabric flowers are added on to a matching box which will add to the delight your gift will bring.


After using the fabric flower as a gift add-on, you can use it as a hair tie, bag ornament, wrist cuff or curtain tie.


These fabric flowers are also great to decorate your books, bottles and as a craft component!


So how can purchasing a fabric flower help someone?


Papemelroti artists Robert Alejandro and Meldy Alejandro-Fider conducted a workshop to teach moms from informal settler areas how to make these flowers.


The Novaliches Christian Community call them their "scholar moms" because their are supporting one of their children with school needs.


Every fabric flower you purchase helps these moms provide for their family's basic needs so add a flower every time you purchase a gift!



Friday, August 15, 2014

The Juan Project 2014

Sharing with you some pictures from the Juan Project.

A group of friends (including our very own artist Robert) travel to the remotest areas of the Philippines every year to provide school supplies to children in need.


Robert Alejandro: Thank you again to all who helped!  More than a THOUSAND school bags + school supplies were given to school children from the islands of Culion, Palawan!!!!! thank you Angel Aquino (instagram account) for the pics!!!






To support the next Juan Project contact Robert through his website www.raadesign.com

Mga Rebolusyonaryong Dekalogo

Just out!   Robert Alejandro's cover illustration - 


National Historical Commission of the Philippines
Year: 2014

You'll see three main revolutionary characters depicted on the cover.  Think they were painted on paper?  You're wrong!  They were painted on a wooden cutting board!

Cover design for a collection of decalogues written by Apolinarion Mabini, Gregoria De Jesus, Andres Bonifacio, and Emilio Jacinto. Decalogues are like the ten commandments to the Katipunan, words to guide each member in their fight for democracy and to be a good Filipino.




Thursday, August 07, 2014

Patsy's 10 Favorite Things


You'll be delighted at the article on Patsy on Real Living Magazine this month (August 2014)!


It's on the My 10 Favorite Things at Home feature on page 96.



Patsy contributes most of our Craft Projects on this blog so a lot of her creativity shines through on this blog!



*Patricia Joy Paterno is one of the co-owners and artists of the Papemelroti chain of gift shops.  See her Heartworks blog

Visit us at Papemelroti for more features on us 

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Talking About Giving Back


Papemelroti owner and resident artist Robert Alejandro shared about giving back at Assumption College's Year IV PEACE Work Project Launch last July 31, 2014. 


P.E.A.C.E. stands for Political Education, Advocacy and Community Extension.


The event's theme was "BUKAS... Open to Sustainable Development; AC Social Enterprise".




The event was organized by the Center for Social Involvement (CSI) of the Assumption College Basic Education Division.

Thank you for inviting us to share the Papemelroti story!

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