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This month’s featured artist is a fellow volunteer for Type Kita: Pass on the Passion last December 2015. She has been one of my close calligraphy friends. Her first name is, Gjenisa.
Featured Artist of the Month: Gjenisa Raquedan
As mentioned, we have been volunteers for Type Kita: Pass on the Passion last December 2015. That was the first time we met and the rest is history.
Honestly, I know that she has been doing calligraphy longer than I did. She’s more experienced with watercolor and brush. Also, she explored the art of embossing just like I did and currently enjoying it. Currently, she’s balancing the best of both worlds. Working a day job in the corporate world and being an artisan at night.
Also, she’s the person behind Gjen Scribbles. Oh and I forgot, she hails from Cavite!
What made you start with this craft?
Some say curiosity killed the cat. But in my case it didn’t — maybe because I’m not a cat. I saw Leigh Reyes’ works when I attended a seminar back in college. It got me curious, so I tried calligraphy!
How long have you been doing this craft?
2 years (on and off lol parang relasyon)
Or in English, “It’s an on-and-off relationship for 2 years.”
Why did you pursue it?
Growing up, I tried different art forms. From singing to playing musical instruments to theater arts, painting, and a lot more. But calligraphy, how I get to write words beautifully, captured my heart the most.
More About Gjenisa
Did you have struggles in pursuing the craft? If yes, could share it with us please?
After I graduated college and got my first corporate job, finding time for my craft was a struggle. I’m usually too tired or too busy with work. But if you really love something, you’ll certainly find a way to squeeze it into your schedule.
Pag ayaw may dahilan, pag gusto may paraan.
Which loosely translates to, “if there’s a will, there’s a way.”
Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game.
What keeps you doing the craft?
I want my craft to be productive. Productive in the sense that I can earn money not just to sustain the craft but also my other expenses (a.k.a. legit needs hahaha)
Top 3 favorite tools?
- Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolor
- Waterbrush (detailer tip FTW)
- Canson Montval watercolor paper
If you are to share your tips and tricks to newbies, what would those be?
Never be afraid to try new things. And when you try new things, don’t compare your output to other works just to think how bad yours looks. Find the points to improve on, and do better next time.
If you were to describe the craft in three words, what will those be?
Therapeutic hand discipline 💚