Future Market at Escolta, Manila

06/30/2013

There is a growing appreciation for handmade goodies, crafters and artists all throughout the world. I, for one, am a fan because I know there is much love woven on each piece.

Last June 15, I was able to check the Future Market in First United Building — thanks to the local organizer 98B COLLABoratory! Thanks for the fun-filled day! I was glad to interact with crafters and artists — couldn’t do that in malls with mass produced items. And so I am day dreaming to be part of Future Market — not only as buyer but as seller as well!

It was cool checking the cool stuff created by the cool crafters and artists. Yes, too much coolness – and warmth too with the pre-loved and vintage items!

Here are the few that I captured with my phone…

Manila

What immediately came to mind was ‘gates to hell’ — Dan Brown’s reference to Manila in his novel Inferno. And I laughed for so many reasons, including thoughts about Dan Brown :)

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Art prints

The artist is a retiree from the corporate world — and so I bought two for my two girlfriends.

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Button Magnets

Button magnets by cool ladies — and so I bought ten for my crafty daughter.

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Whimsy Spider

Still from the cool ladies — we have live spider though at home.

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Cloth bags

Handy cloth bags — I bought one not only to contain my purchases for the day; not only because I know it’s not easy to sit all day waiting for a customer but because…

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Tutu Bag

it’s a happy picture :)

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Map Art

Art in the map — I bought the one with ‘imagine’  on the hat because I like the old map, the ink, and the word!

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UVLA

Cool robotins from UVLA but I didn’t bring one home with me — my boys only say cooooool for Ironman and Transformers.

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Vintage tray

This tray is what I took from UVLA — aside from the bits of rust I gave in for ‘Raindrops on roses…’ and other simple things.

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Collector's items

There were collector’s items such as old magazines, old coins…

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Vintage bottles

old bottles…

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Vintage Radio

vintage radio and I’m not sure what…

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Vintage books

Vintage books — I bought Jose Rizal (His Exile) copyright 1958 for Php20.00 (half dollar). And bought too Huling Hudhud with interesting photos and poems written in Filipino.

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Bargain Books

And there were pre-loved books and these two at Php49.00 and Php99.00 were good reasons enough to bring home. And to share some nuggets (not the mc nuggets because Michael Pollan won’t like it):

“It’s not food if it arrived through the window of your car.” – from Food Rules.

“The wearer best knows where the shoe pinches.” – from The Quotable Walker.

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Black & White Manila

Framed black and white photos of everything Manila. I was tempted to buy the photo of City Hall’s clock because I passed by it every day of my college years going to Intramuros but instead decided to take the shot myself — getting personal.

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Hey Kessy

Hey Kessy (seller of washi tapes) was there but unfortunately the ‘tape measure’ print I’m looking for is not available — it should be my little surprise for my fashionista daughter who tries her hand on sewing machine.

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Spiked Bag

And so I bought this spiked cloth bag for my daughter. How each cone was formed, stitched, and attached to the bag is awesome — I know it is awesome because my daughter shrieked when she saw it!

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Spiked bags by worm

Cool spiked bags in different colors by Clint of W.O.R.M.S. – Wearing One Really Makes Sense.

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Yoga Necklace

Artwheel has sculptures and accessories made of wires. The yoga man came home with me — he can do sun salutation and other poses because he is wired to do so :)

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Wrecked shorts

Wrecked shorts — no need to bring one home. My daughter has wrecked more than enough. I think it’s about time that she sells too :)

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Manila the city

The best part of the day was when I joined this group by Project Manila and made something of my own to be part of…

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labyrinth

this labyrinth. It was good. Walking around here. Connecting to oneself. Even for a few moments.

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Bent and perfect

You are perfect! Believe me, perfect does not necessarily equate to flawless :)

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She seeks wool and flax, and works with willing hands. – Proverbs 31:13

:)

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8 Responses to “Future Market at Escolta, Manila”

  1. rebecca rivera Says:

    ,,, i’m planning to join this creative space soon , bended spoon , thanks for sharing the fotos & fun pun-ing comments ! are you wearing a wrecked shorts ? i lost my favorite one i wore in the 80s, in transit ( time to make another one ) ,,,

    • bendedspoon Says:

      Wow good for you to join the movement! Enjoy enjoy!

      Truth be told I wasn’t able to wear a wrecked shorts. Back then I only have a few pants and haven’t thought of wrecking it even if it’s worn and old. Nowadays branded wrecked shorts are sold as is — unfortunately it won’t look good on my wrecked legs :)

  2. dragonkatet Says:

    Wow, what a neat place to shop! I wish we had more of those kinds of creative, open markets here. There are some but they are mostly Farmer’s Markets – not as many with actual things other than food to buy. Thanks for sharing all the pictures! I felt like I was going on that journey with you. :)

    • bendedspoon Says:

      Creative souls are looking for this kind of market and I’m glad that the handmade movement is catching up here – the marketing side I mean, as a number of us could still be crafting at home :)

      We have farmer’s market too which we frequently visit on a Saturday or Sunday. Now I realize that I haven’t yet shared them here :)

      Enjoy the day with much blessings! :)


  3. Awww too bad! Next time, I’ll try to bring all our washi designs :)

  4. Debbie Says:

    This touched my heart so so much, sweet spoon!! How like you to go and support others, because of your big beautiful heart!! I can so see you creating something that you could sell! You are an artist extraordinare! Love and prayers for cool crafts to come from you too!


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