Category Archives: Fashion

My First Ivone T-shirt

I came up with this t-shirt design as a little project in DC149 (Print Reproduction). I did this with using paper stencil: printing a design on paper, then cutting it out, and letting the paint through the paper and a screen onto the shirt.

I liked the idea of printing out her name, so I did. And I included my logo on the first of four squares. I was amused. They were amused.  I wonder how she would react (if ever she knows). I hope she would be delighted, if ever.

It’s just a little project, on an old t-shirt, using an old printing technique, but it’s not about that. You know what it is.



Today, I handed Ivone my painting which I entitled “Varsity”.It’s a picture of her stooping down while dribbling a volleyball. She’s a varsity player here in campus (VSU) and their uniform is green and gold.ivone_volleyball

I went to Ilang today. I was a little bit nervous because of what I was about to give then. We chatted for a while, along with other girls who graduated from Doane in Isabel.

I was planning to give it to her just before I leave so we won’t be talking much about the painting all the time. She even asked where I have been before going there because I was carrying a small flat bag with banig design with me (I kept the painting inside).

I drew this picture with poster paint or poster color, 10″x12″, from April 11-12…two days. So I have been keeping it for more than two months. Hehehe…

But I knew there I will come a time when I would really have to stop keeping it. And I thought this is it.

She had been mentioning to me about her struggle about staying in the team while coping up with her studies. She’s now 3rd year in VetMed which marks the start of the four year todo VetMed education, no more minors. Everything is now serious.

So I guess I would have to give it to her as an encouragement for her to stay as long as she can, and a remembrance to her when she would have to give it up in favor of her course. She always tells me such time will have to come.

It’s a thrill and a joy to me to see how she reacted when I handed it to her. We were not alone, so we have to compose ourselves. But still, her beautiful eyes glistened. I loved that. She thanked me. That was music to my ears.

Everything paid off.

Why I Like Pink

Many people ask these questions over and over again: Why are you always wearing pink? Why is your mobile phone’s cover pink? Is pink your favorite color? Why pink? Are you gay?

Hold on! Let me explain.

First of all, I’m not gay. Fortunately, I’m not. Well, just because I always wear pink doesn’t mean I am gay. I even wear a white polo with light pink flowers printed on it (women would correct me with “floral”, it’s okay, it’s my prerogative) and it still looks masculine. Plus, I happen to have a number of pink shirts: it’s the color of my intramural faction, “Suntail Hawks”, back when I was in high school; for another reason, a special friend gave me a special pink Jag shirt, and my mom bought me the rest because she felt that I liked it. Not much of a girl thing, right?

Pink is not just feminine. It’s not just for girls. It’s soft, pastel attribute may have been a premise of associating it to women, but the association is not as rigid as it needs to be.

Why pink? The answer lies behind color psychology. What’s this?

Color psychology simply means the line of thinking behind colors. To tell you, researchers have proved that colors have meanings. These might be general and permanent, but some may vary from culture to culture. These meanings are very useful when using colors along with other media to carry across messages, especially in the visual market. Researches have tabulated colors and meanings, these being proven and tested in the commercial market.

And one of these is the Academic Color Psychology Matrix—simply put, a table showing how colors are associated to different academic fields. This table lists major fields in the academe such as Agriculture, Dentistry, Journalism, Divinity, and Engineering, including their corresponding colors.

I checked out pink (RGB: 255, 192, 203) and its academic equivalent is Music. Say, what a nice correspondence, eh?

You connect the dots. I love pink, and—oh—I love music! So that’s it, I like the color largely because I like music. There might be other reasons why I do so but they are very minor.

How it started, I have no idea, but one thing is clear: Color Psychology Matrices (CPM’s) are good references to one’s personality. With it, I can understand why people wear black, red or white. (And you can ask me for an exhaustive list of CPM’s, just shoot back a comment).

But yeah, that’s it, I like pink because music flows in my blood. Why? Hehe, I’m a musician.