Artist Rachel Ngan Dueñas, fashion label EDYA1929, and contemporary homeware store Guava Sketches come together for a night of art and fashion
Like the Japanese art of Kintsugi, the process of repairing broken ceramics with gold, Guava Sketches, EDYA1929, and Rachel Ngan Dueñas find beauty and meaning in the broken and discarded with “Christmas Stars.” It is the first trunk show under the EDYA1929 label, marking its launch from November 18, 2023 to February 18, 2024 at the Guava Sketches stand in Greenbelt 5, Makati.
Joining the contemporary homeware store are artist Rachel Ngan Dueñas and Yumi Sakamoto, the founder of EDYA1929. At its core, this exhibition is a testament to the power of transformation, where scraps become art, and pre-loved kimonos find new life.
Art Collection: “Guiding Stars”
Rachel Ngan Dueñas relishes in turning discarded remnants into captivating art. For “Christmas Stars,” she has prepared a selection of small to medium-sized hand-painted stars on frame. Each star tells a story of resilience and beauty, breathing new life into forgotten fragments.
Dueñas takes single-use packaging destined for the landfill and molds them into awe-inspiring pieces. Her work is a testament to her dedication to preserving the environment and breathing new life into objects that have been deemed as useless.
Lifestyle Collection: “Origami”
Owner of EDYA1929 and fashion designer, Yumi Sakamoto presents a collection featuring the art of “Origami”—where fashion and sustainability are intricately woven. Sakamoto is a slow fashion advocate, and her creations breathe new life into pre-loved kimonos, saving them from disposal and transforming them into 3D silken star Christmas tree ornaments. Her Origami collection is inspired by the Japanese art of paper folding.
“For the Japanese culture, origami is not only a traditional art form of paper folding. It is the earliest act of love in the developing stage of a baby. It is as important as bedtime stories for the child and is a way for families to get together. During the great disasters or illness, the Japanese will be folding ‘suru’ (crane) or ‘senbazuru’ (thousand cranes). It is our physical prayer as if to say: ‘You are not alone.’ and ‘you are in our prayers’ I want my origami collection to make the homes feel love and every fold is a prayer embedded for their wellbeing,” shares Sakamoto.
Guava Sketches’ Sustainability: A Shared Commitment
At Guava Sketches, sustainability is a way of life. Their commitment to environmental care takes form through how they thoughtfully curate brands that align with their eco-friendly principles.
This commitment takes on new meaning as they partner with EDYA1929 for “Christmas Stars”—a unique collection that embodies the very essence of artistic and environmentally-friendly expression.
It is not merely an exhibition; it’s an experience that transcends art. It’s a journey of transformation, of finding beauty in the discarded, of bringing love and healing through folds and stitches.
Find beauty in the discarded at the Guava Sketches Stand in Greenbelt 5, where “Christmas Stars” will shine brightly from November 18, 2023 to February 18, 2024.