MIKEY ESPINOSA – JUSTIN

An acrylic painting of my friend Justin,  I was going through a period of not painting anything and I wanted to get back into painting faces, so I used my friends face to help me. Shout out to Justin Tang for letting me paint his amazing bone structure haha!JUSTIN PAINTINGS MAY 2018IMG_9436JUSTIN PAINTINGS MAY 2018IMG_9441JUSTIN PAINTINGS MAY 2018IMG_9459Mikey Espinosa - Justin painting 1

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MIKEY ESPINOSA – FILIPINO ANCESTRAL HOME

Painting my mothers ancestral home. The Grecia house, before it was knocked down in 2013, it was home to our family for just over 100 years. Belonging to Don Daniel Grecia and Señorita Socorro Grecia. I used Acrylic paints on canvas to capture this home of sweet memories.mikey-espinosa-ungka-old-house-painting-for-nanay2016-2mikey-espinosa-ungka-old-house-painting-for-nanay2016-3Windows were well ventilated in those days  with enough protection from the rain, most living spaces were on the top floor to make use of the cool breeze.mikey-espinosa-ungka-old-house-painting-for-nanay2016These houses are almost near extinction due to the fast developing pace of the modern world here in the Philippines and very few are being preserved. I feel privileged to have been able to be brought up in one and say bye to it.

Mikey Espinosa, accessories 2013

I’ve been having such a fascination with accessories/adornments. But before I get into it, I spent a day with a friend named Melody. We decided to spend a day just having a bit of fun with the camera and here are some of the pictures that were taken. Our concept was “New World.” The idea of being aware to our surroundings, connecting with Earth and ones self. We were definitely influenced by the story of Pocahontas and her arrival in England. From being heavily surrounded by Earth in its natural state to suddenly being plunged into a “Civilisation.” These pictures were taken at the River Thames on a low tide. I was really saddened to see all the waste that was washed up, it was so heartbreaking, we must try to be aware of the environment that we live in. The Earth is a beautiful place to live in, this is our home, we must take care of it.

Here are the images.  IMG_1456 DSC_1289 DSC_1262 DSC_1277DSC_126912 I’ve really been inspired by African, Native American and I like to add an Eastern Asian twist to it. The things I’ve picked and made aren’t as extravagant and beautiful as the traditional accessories but I tried! ifThe top image displays four ear cuffs, which were on sale at TopShop fo £3.50. They do have plain ones for £2.50 but I bought this set because the hooks that the charms are connected too would be useful if I wanted to customise them. I did customise one of them adding a long chain with a feather attached to it (which can be seen on the first image taken on this post.) On the bottom right, the first bracelet was given to me as a gift from Ghana, the middle bracelet was made by myself, adding carved beads with Chinoiserie porcelain beads and the final bracelet is a wooden bracelet from Philippines! The next image are two necklaces I made with thin leather and I like to wear them bunched together for a layered effect. Finally the last image features a ring covered in a woven strip and gathered feathers chained onto a necklace. What will you be adorning yourself with this summer!?