Meet The Maker: Camille Francisco-Cabral aka Origami Dreamer

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We first met Camy while she was shopping at L’Indochine. We got to talking and found out that she was an illustrator and graphic designer. We enjoyed our conversation so much that we decided to check out her work. Her beautiful illustrations blew us away. Right then and there we knew we wanted to to collaborate with her. Read on to learn more about this quirky-cool and insanely talented lady.

Name: My full name is Ma. Camille Francisco-Cabral, but I go by the name Origami Dreamer in Instagram.

Age: 32 years young

What do you do? I am an illustrator and graphic designer.

What’s the favourite piece of art that you created? Why? To date, it will have to be my first attempt to draw a chrysanthemum. I drew a lot of floral patterns in the past, but usually my own kind of flow and I tend fill up every inch of space on the paper. And so, this is the first flower I drew that had to follow an ‘anatomy’ of sort, where I am mindful to each petal’s angle and positioning and how each leaf will fall. I had to restrain myself from adding more details. It was nerve-wracking because I wanted it to be perfect (or my own view of perfection), and the amount of space I didn’t use made me break out in a sweat because I wanted to badly fill it up. There is a term for it, Horror Vacui, or fear of empty space, and it’s something I am still to overcoming to this day. So that became my favorite piece because it was a lesson that taught me about careful restraint and planning/positioning, which I never really thought of before when I create illustrations. So now, I am applying that in what I do. The said art piece will be in the project my husband and I are currently working on.

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What are you working on at the moment? A coloring book app in collaboration with my husband.

What are your goals for the future both work and life? To live a full creative life with the people I love and with no regrets.

What are you doing when you’re not creating? In times when I am not creating, I read and I catch up on sleep, which I lack in this department very much, so I try to do so when there is an hour or two to spare.

What would people be surprised to learn about you? I am a fan of Video Game Playthroughs and Cooking Shows, even if I don’t play games that much or cook. They are mesmerizing, funny and help me keep awake when I need to work.

Where do you sell your work? Right now, my designs can be found in a form of bags and pouches at L’Indochine. It’s my first official solo collaboration and I am very honored to be with a wonderful brand that I patronize. Its a dream come true for me to have my work grace their line of beautiful products.

Where can everyone find you? At the moment you may find me on instagram, @origamidreamer

Do you have any tips or inspiring words for others? Stay true to your calling. Struggle strong. And I am serious here, get enough sleep.

Who are the artists you admire? Yoshitaka Amano, Yayoi Kusama and Herbert Baglione.

Come join us today, October 15 at 2pm, L’indochine Mega Fashion Hall as we unveil the limited edition 6 piece collection Origami Dreamer designed exclusively for L’indochine! See you there!

 

 

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Meet The Maker: Joana Ballesteros-Gube of Heyjow

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Funny how things fall into place. Several months ago, Char and I were brainstorming and writing down names of people we’d like to work with, fellow inspiration seekers who love to travel, create and appreciate the beauty of well-made, handcrafted one of a kind pieces. At the top of our list was Heyjow. We’ve been fans of this amazing jewelry brand for quite some time. Her layered necklace combinations not only tell a story but look absolutely stunning. Little did we know that Joana was a fan of L’Indochine too! To make a long story short, we met, had multiple coffee meetings, brainstormed, swapped a million emails and phone calls and came up with a boho luxe collection that we hope you’ll all enjoy!

But before we unveil the collection, get to know the woman behind Heyjow, Joana.

 

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Name: Joana Ballesteros-Gube

Occupation/Position: Owner/Designer, Heyjow Inc.

1) How did Heyjow get started?

When Heyjow started in 2013, I had just left a full-time PR/marketing position.

At the time, I was faced with two options: Look for another job, or pursue something that I’ve been dreaming about for over a decade, which was to design jewelry.

Creating a business at that stage of my life—a time when I didn’t have a job and very little startup capital—was a huge risk. It seemed wiser to just get another job and save up until I could comfortably start a business.

I interviewed at several companies for corporate PR/marketing positions, and was offered positions in a couple of them. But, with advice and support from my dear friends and family, I came to realize that if I took on a full-time job, I’d never be motivated to follow through on my dream.

So I decided to invest all of my time, resources, and personal savings into establishing the Heyjow brand. It turned out to be one of the best decisions I’ve made ever made!

2) Why this particular business?

Designing jewelry has been a passion of mine since college. I started creating fashion accessories out of personal necessity: I always loved fashion, but as a student I couldn’t always afford the things I desired, so I had to make my own stuff.

3) Most memorable experience from building/running the business

At Heyjow, every day is an adventure!

One memorable experience of running a business was at the start of it all. It was a phase filled with uncertainties. There was a lot of self-doubt. Can I really do this? What will I do if this doesn’t work out? Maybe I should look for a part-time job. Bahala na—that’s really all I could think.

I’ll never stop being thankful to all the people who’ve supported Heyjow. Words literally cannot express how grateful I am to all the Heyjow clients and partners.

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4) Hardest part of the job?

Being a designer+entrepreneur is a 24/7 job. There is no “off” switch for when ideas will strike you—it could be in the middle of the night while you’re watching TV, on vacation, or during a workout session. And, as a business owner, there’s never a time when there’s nothing to do! But I’m not complaining—I wouldn’t have it any other way!

5) Most rewarding part of the job?

The feedback I get from our clients is the most rewarding part of the job! Seeing Heyjow pieces worn by such lovely ladies is a truly delightful experience! My day is complete whenever a client tells me how she wore her recently-acquired Heyjow piece to a particular occasion (a wedding, a girls’ night out, a baby shower) and how she got plenty of compliments and inquiries from her friends!

6) What are your favorite pieces?

It’s really tough to pinpoint specific pieces that I’d consider my “favorites” because each Heyjow piece is an extension of my personal experiences and ideas.

Right now, I’m in love with layering. Layering allows you to mix-and-match your pieces depending on your mood, and the occasion. Layering is one of the most creative and expressive forms of accessorizing oneself.

I’m also working with a new matte-gold-finish material that we recently brought in from the Middle East. It continues to be a fascinating material to design with, and I’m still trying to push the limits of what can be done with it!

7) How do you balance work and family life?

Work-life/family-life balance is still a challenge for me, as well as my husband, who is also an entrepreneur. This is an area of our relationship that we’re still working on.

One of the things that has helped us achieve a better balance is giving each other a sincere promise to make time for each other. For example, when we travel for leisure, we have made it a rule to leave our computer laptops at home so that we can focus on spending time with each other.

8) Any exciting news for our customers/readers to watch out for?

The L’Indochine+Heyjow collaboration is extremely exciting! I really believe we’re going to be bringing out some very interesting pieces as a result of this partnership. One of the many things to look forward to is the Jewelry Bar – a concept by L’Indochine’s very own, Leona and Charlene. The Jewelry Bar is a new way of engaging with Heyjow pieces, giving you the opportunity to design and really fine-tune your fashion accessories

 

 

 

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11 Ways To Personalise Your Bedroom by: Love Ocampo

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How To’s: 11 Ways To Personalize Your Bedroom

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Ever since I moved into my new house, work has been non-stop. After a long day of meetings, being out on shoots, finishing deadlines and enduring the Manila traffic, all I want to do is go home and lie down on my bed. This is why it was important to me that I fixed my bedroom before the projects piled up.

 

Being a designer, I have to admit that you normally prioritize designing other people’s home and end up neglecting your own. I didn’t want that to happen again, so I really allotted time to personalize my room, since your space plays a huge impact on your mood.

 

This blog collaboration started when Leona Panutat and Charlene Carlos of The Inspiration Seekers saw a picture of my bedroom on Instagram. They asked me to give tips on easy ways to personalize your bedroom with things that you already have or small things you could buy.

 

A personal note: I’ve been working with Leona and Charlene ever since I met them at the press launch of their brand L’Indochine. They are creative, hardworking, and easy to talk to, and I loved that. They are the kind of women who are amazing to work with, since it doesn’t feel like work at all. Make sure to follow their Instagram account @theinspirationseekers, and to visit their store at SM Aura, and SM Mega Mall.

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Tip 1

Display your favorite quote

Fill your room with positive and inspiring words. Place a quote poster where you can easily see it in the morning. This will be your daily reminder that will encourage you to fulfil your goals and dreams. For those of you who don’t want to buy: write your favorite quote on a nice piece of paper and tape it to the wall or your mirror.

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Tip 2

Create your own furniture or accessory

If you’re like me and you like collecting magazines, but have no where to put them, I suggest stacking them to be used as legs or a flat top to make a makeshift console table. I also get tons of material swatches, so I use favorite ones to add pattern on a plain wall, or as a tray for my jewellery.

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Tip 3

Show what your hobbies are

If you like travelling, have a map to show the places you have been to, books that you’ve read or display a camera that you always use.

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Tip 4

Change the look of your furniture pieces.

I was getting bored of my white cabinet, so I decided to stick a pattern on it, change the color and the drawer handle.

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Tip 5

Showcase your life

Display your schedule and plans for the month, your favorite memories and pictures of you with the people you love in your room.

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Tip 6

Have an accent wall

Decorate one wall that will stand out which you can keep adding to. I decided to place wire racks above my bed where I placed things I collect, like postcards, bookmarks, handwritten cards with my name, and small accessories.

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Tip 7

Get a cool night stand

Get one with a nice print, or change one side into something completely different. In the future I want to display my favorite plants, candles and books on a ladder.

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Tip 8

Have a scented candle

There’s nothing like filling your room with your favorite scent.

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Tip 9

Collect unique throw pillows

Whenever I go into a home store, I always check out if they have nice throw pillows which I can add to my collection. This will definitely showcase the type of style, pattern and color you are attracted to.

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Tip 10

Have plants or flowers

Decorate your room to showcase your favorite plant or flower. Instead of a vase, place them a cup, bowls or used bottles.

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Tip 11

Personalize your room

Make it yours. Have a theme. Your room will look more cohesive if it is based around one idea that makes it much more homey for you.

 

And that’s it!

 

If you implement any of these tips or thought of other ways for personalizing your space, I would love to see! Take a photo and tag me on Instagram (@_loveocampo).

 

This post is in collaboration with Leona Panutat and Charlene Carlos of The Inspiration Seekers and L’Indochine. If you would also like to collaborate with me, send me an email at hello@livingthecuriouslife.com.

 

Styled and Photographed by Love Ocampo

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