Happy to share that I’m part of Maarteng Letra’s pop-up at Cuaderno Manila! Here’s more about how it came to be. Also, some of the products I made!
The Cuaderno Pop-up Shop
Before, it was just a dream for our group, Maarteng Letra.From listing down materials, places where to buy them, and to the products themselves. We have been drafting our product list for quite some time now. So when I got the chance to talk to the owners of Cuaderno, I knew that this will go somewhere.
You can learn more about Cuaderno here.
So, here’s the story behind the pop-up.
Meeting the Cuaderno People
The chance of meeting the people behind this amazing café was really inspiring. There was a surge of electricity when I got to converse with the owner. Little as you know, it is owned by a chef.
Isn’t it amazing? Like relationship goals!
When I was getting to know Chef Marvin, he was sharing that he still works at a hotel. That is his day job and handling Cuaderno Manila is his passion project with his girlfriend. Shoutout to Ms. Alexa!
I can’t help imagine what if I had my own place like this. Then, it housed glorious artworks from my artistic friends. That’s the dream and we’ll get there soon.
We were conversing about their food and also on the idea of having Maarteng Letra pop-up at their café. Getting into details about the pop-up was giving me both good vibes and fear vibes. It scared me somehow but the happiness shone through.
BTS for the Pop-up
No man is an island.
That is a quote that has been stuck in my mind for quite some time now. Truly, no one cannot exist without somebody else. As for this pop-up, I have invited people to collaborate with us or even partner with us. So, I asked my co-volunteers if in case they would want to collaborate. Luckily, I received favorable answers!
We got to start talking about what items do we include or sell. In most cases, we’ll feel tense about things like this. From thinking about who to collaborate with and to which kind of products to produce, but it was a happy feeling. Though honestly, I was a bit scared because people might not like what we have there. But who knows?
Gjen, of Gjen Scribbles, has acquired essential tools necessary for this line of work. She has obtained a printer that has a scanner. This is really a vital tool for us. We need a scanner to make our traditional outputs into digital ones. Then of course, we have to print it.
I’ll talk more about digitizing in another post.
The ingress was really not that heavy since Gjen was there. We were dancing and humming to Cuaderno’s playlist as it was really a great playlist! It was really amusing to see our creations falling into place.
Right now, our items are at Cuaderno Fil-Mex Café near Hotel Benilde. It is searchable on Google, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!
We have a tiny space in there where you’ll be mesmerized by the works of fellow artists. From digital art to traditional, you’ll get to see it there.
I call out to you to continuously love and support local artists.
For more details about Cuaderno, catch them on their social accounts:
Hope to see you there!