Work Has Been Interesting Lately

Hi, everyone!

Just popping by to say that work has been interesting lately. That title still holds true because I’ve been experiencing so many ~shookt~ moments as I type this out. I just came back from Japan for “work” (can’t believe I actually take more work trips now than real vacations!) and finished a shoot yesterday. I decided to lock myself up at home today to replenish my energy (which has been drained for quite some time now).

I remember starting the year with no goals. I now find it both good and bad because 1) I get to do things the way I wantβ€”and basically settling with a go with the flow pace at that, and 2) I don’t really have much control on what goes in and out of my work life. The year’s almost ending and I’m still on my feet working up to the best of my ability before the holidays swing by.

But since we’re here, thought I’d share a few announcements + things πŸ™‚

Readsearching (+ a new book this 2018)

I’m back to readsearch work. And no, we’re not having another issue of ABC Magazine (but I want to thank everyone who supported the first issue!). I’m still on major research mode now because I’m still figuring out what I want to work on in the next year…

But here’s one other thing: my fourth book is coming out June 2018 worldwide. It’s a more in-depth guide to both calligraphy and hand lettering! Working on it earlier this year was legit like taking up a course in lettering, lol. More on that soon!

Speaking at Graphika Manila 2018

I’ll be one of the speakers for Graphika Manila this coming February 2018. If that comes as a shock to you, it also does to me. I’ll be talking mostly about the work that I do and my learnings so far as an artist, author and creative entrepreneur. Tickets are available here.

Taking part in Design Festa Japan

I was half joking when I told Kaila I wanted to participate in Design Festa this year. We sent in our application last May and…we got accepted! So I booked a flight to Tokyo and sold my merch last weekend at Design Festa, probably Asia’s biggest art fair (over 5000+ exhibitors!). Thanks to everyone who dropped by and supported our booth, Team Philippines. Still over the moon that people actually bought my books and merch. Vlog soon!

Meeting THE Kris Aquino

Running on a short period of sleep won’t stop me from this shoot, because it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity to meet the queen of all media, Kris Aquino! I got to shoot with her for a segment on Kris TV featuring journaling + crafting. Thanks National Book Store for this opportunity! Thanks also to the Kris TV team who were all so kind and efficient. πŸ™‚

The episode will air this December online!

YouTube Channel Launch

SO. I said I was going to make this happen earlier this January. Better late than never? My channel is launching next week. I have a few videos already in my library. Right now I’m focusing on getting it together and creating an efficient workflow (since content creation is just a part of my job). Subscribe to my channel for videos coming very soon!

PS: Thanks to Gelo for filming my trailer! Those photos above are BTS footage (and if you’re asking, yes, I play the guitar :P) from our last shoot.

New merch at Shop Abbey Sy

Thanks to Design Festa, I spent a good chunk of this quarter working on new merch in time for the holidays. We have new stickers, a limited edition washi tape (!), and button pin sets up at the shop. Click here! Rolling out holiday sets next week for those of you who want to make gift giving easier. πŸ™‚

How has your 2017 been so far? Honestly, it hasn’t been sinking in yet that we’re down to the last two months (1.5 to be exact) of this year. My January 2017 self is so different from my November 2017 self. It felt like being thrown into so many obstacles that I had to keep holding on to stay put. IDK if that’s just me but do you feel the same way? Things are never going to get easier, but I think that’s the essence of living a fulfilling life, right? Crossing through the cracks and getting across the next part of life.

Don’t mind my overly contemplative self. I haven’t written in a few weeks; I should better update my journal tonight. πŸ˜›

Always be creating, Abbey