Score unique artisanal finds at ArteFino Fair

Nannie Flores

Posted at Aug 11 2017 08:38 AM

This handmade bag by Adante Leyesa will be available at the upcoming ArteFino Fair. Handout photo

MANILA - This August 25 to 27, all roads lead to the Penthouse at 8 Rockwell for the ArteFino Fair, which features the finest Philippine artisanal products.

Expect to see over 70 handpicked retailers specializing in bespoke jewelry, handmade bags and shoes, rare art pieces, native-inspired furniture, and even gourmet eats.

Come up with your annual gift list and go holiday shopping as early as August to beat the rush this coming -ber months. The best part? You only get exquisite one-of-a-kind finds while supporting the local art scene.

ArteFino is a movement that celebrates the modern Filipino and the artist-entrepreneur. It provides an avenue for people to discover modern applications of Philippine indigenous materials and connect with innovative artisans from different industries, who all work with communities in need of sustainable livelihood.

The event offers a unique experience by focusing on aesthetic, craft, and narrative. Buyers will acquire a better understanding of the products by learning about their history, materials, and processes.

They can also get to know the artisans personally, creating a deeper appreciation for the ingenious craftsmanship of their creations.

ArteFino lets participants immerse not only in beautiful everyday objects, but also in living Filipino traditions.

To know what to expect from the upcoming exhibit, the artist trifecta Al Valenciano, Natalya Lagdameo, and Len Cabili teamed up to launch their collaboration, “Tatsulok,” in a recent press conference.

“We don’t work by trends. We work by the season. We respect the traditions of the artisans,” Valenciano said. “What the three of us have in common is that we make ‘slow’ traditional art and we work with communities where we become part of their daily lives.”

To clarify what Valenciano meant by “slow” art, Lagdameo stressed the “practice of restraint — which is a slow and conscious creation.”

Design by Fleur Arts. Handout photo

Cabili took it a step further by talking about the “quick-changing gears of the fashion industry.” She said: “It’s a pleasure to slow it down [since you’ll] appreciate a lot of things more. When you receive a product from an artisan, it’s something special, like it has a soul. Culture is definitely our fingerprint.”

When asked how millennials can help support the local scene, Valenciano replied: “The key here is education. Boutique and specialty shops are a niche in the market. For millennials, what they can do to make things current is to start using [these products].”

Top by Flip + Inna. Handout photo

Featured brands in the much-awaited ArteFino fair include Fleur Arts, Abre Linea, Filip + Inna, K&K Bespoke Jewelry, Gifts and Graces, Grace Home Manila, and a-11, among others.

Guests can look forward to meeting artists and designers such as Joey de Castro, Gabbie Sarenas, Zarah Juan, and Adante Leyesa.

For more information on ArteFino, follow them on Facebook and Instagram.