It’s not everyday that I bump into a dear friend online. But what’s more thrilling is that, once I do, I am greeted with such artistic charm and passion. This is what I see in these Baybayin calligraphic impressions intricately penned by alurij_. Dig into it and admire the beauty of a culture embedded in each delicate stroke.
Mini musing: We read ingredients in the same way we read terms and conditions.
“Baybayin (out of the) Box”
This idea came out mainly due to the curiosity of some of my friends on the boxes they see in my comment boxes in forums and social networking sites. In this artwork, the Baybayin scripts are inside the box no more.
Featured font is Baybayin Brush Stylized by Christian Cabuay from Baybayin.com
I enjoy creating miniature sculptures from materials such as terracotta, polymer clay and wood since college and continue doing it in my wee hours until today. However, taking this hobby into another level is more challenging especially when done with our own ancient writing system in the Philippines, the Baybayin. Below are some of the (glazed and unglazed) terracotta moldings I’ve created as inspired by our rich cultural heritage. Enjoy.
“Pilas sa Lunok”
Inspired by the lunok or strangler fig and the Baybayin “ᜎ” or “La”, this miniature stands 6cm tall. The lunok is believed to be “mariit” (in Hiligaynon) or resided by unseen entities. “Pilas” is a Hiligaynon term for sugat (in Tagalog) or wound. Read more about the lunok/balete or strangler fig at The News Today.
Inspired by the kudyapi (or kudlung in some parts of the Philippines) and the Baybayin “ᜃ” or “Ka”, this piece stands at about 8cm tall. The kudyapi or kudlung is one of the traditional musical instruments played by several ethnic groups in the Philippines. Read more about the kudyapi and other musical instruments at Kipas.
A giveaway, this one (front and back) was inspired by the Baybayin “ᜃ” or “Ka” and stands at about 8cm tall. (to be updated)