With A Smile

To those who grew up in the 90s in the Philippines, one would have lived under a rock to not know the Eraserheads.

Eraserheads, or E-Heads was a Filipino Rock band of the 90s, formed by Ely Buendia, Raimund Marasigan, Buddy Zabala and Marcus Adoro. The band is one of the most successful, most influential, critically acclaimed, and significant bands in the history of OPM (Original Pilipino Music).

Sadly, the group disbanded in 2002 after spending a good 13 years in the music industry. And while I was only 17 back then, I was one of those who grieved for OPM’s great loss.

But of course, their music lives on. Even until now. As a small tribute by yours truly, I decided to make a papercut of a line from one of their songs which was a big hit back then. Hence, the blog title.

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Here’s a closer look at my project:

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For the full lyrics, click here.

Notice the material I used as background? That’s burlap, a woven fabric usually made in the town of Naga in the Bicol region. I had to search for this elusive fabric everywhere. Good thing a friend told me where I can find one. 🙂
Here are the sinamays that I also bought at the craft store selling burlaps:

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I’ve got to say, I loved making this project. Brought back a lot of memories. If you’re not familiar with the Eraserheads, here’s a video of the song that inspired my papercut.

With A Smile – Eraserheads

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Signal Fire

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One of my favorite projects to date is a line from Snow Patrol’s Signal Fire. It appears on Spider-Man 3’s soundtrack, particularly, in the movie’s end credits. A little trivia: did you know that the song was initially offered to the movie Shrek the Third? Good thing it got rejected as I do not think it’s fitting to be in an animated film.

Moving on from my love for the song (and the band!), this project took me more than an hour to make. I’ve always wanted to do something in an infinity pattern and a project with different kinds of birds. I decided to combine the two and came up with this:

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Notice how I connected all the letters just like a strikethrough text. I wasn’t sure about this at first as it might make the text hard to read. I was quite relieved it turned out fine. I also kept the leaves and flowers to a minimum as I didn’t want to make it too crowded. The birds weren’t that difficult to make too, though I had to google some bird outlines for basis. Cutting the tiny holes for birds’ eyes was another story. If anyone knows what tool I can use for them, please do tell! 🙂

Ending this post by sharing Signal Fire’s music video. Enjoy!