Upcycling, according to WIKIPEDIA, is the process of converting waste materials or useless products into new materials or products of better quality or for better environmental value. And in this month's HUMAN<3NATURE magazine-catalogue, we did just that!
Human<3Nature is a company that helps produce and sell products that are more environmentally conscious AND help the poor at the same time. Its company tagline "PRO-ENVIRONMENT, PRO-PHILIPPINES, PRO-POOR" says it all. And through their founder and Nanay's very close friend, Anna Meloto-Wilk & Wowee Meloto-Gonzales, we were able to share our own little ideas on how to help save our environment too! During a half-day photo shoot, Nanay and Dato shared to the Human<3Nature staff how we used old CD’s, pieces of colored scratch paper, glitter/sequins, paint and some old paper boards into a shiny new wall decor. But our article did not just end there. Alongside our work were Human<3Nature's featured products that are Kid-Friendly, environment-friendly AND pro-poor + pro-Philippines as well! Whew! Quite a mouthful right? But also quite impressive knowing that Dato loves taking his baths with their Kids Shampoo for Boys or their fruity smelling, Pineapple Pawikan designed shampoo. This month, they also have a lunchbox promo for those buying the 500ml bottles.
If you want to learn more about our Upcycling Art Project or check out the Kids Shampoo and FREE lunchbox promo, grab a copy of the HUMAN<3NATURE June-July2014 Magalogue now! Just go to humanheartnature.com.
Following the successful run of my Toddler Creativity Workshops 2013, LIKHANG BATA ONLINE GALLERY formally opened it's doors again to other "future creatives" this month. The 4-session workshop I designed invites adult and toddler pairs to join in an hour long play-time infused with arts & craft activities. This year, the TODDLER CREATIVITY WORKSHOP (TCW)'s youngest participant, Raja (my youngest) enjoys 10-15 minutes with his classmates while handling glue, shiny glitters, paint brushes or colored ice cubes together and 45 minutes of lots and lots and lots of playtime with fellow toddlers and adults. I encourage adult supervision and teach adults how to instruct and encourage toddlers in trying out the different materials we use, and interact with their finished projects afterwards. Most of my materials used are meant for upcycling so it is easy to prepare and repeat these activities at home if your toddler may requests for it again.
And since, this has been a year of more exhibits for me, I decided to end the Toddler Workshop with a picnic exhibit where I will be displaying the children's works and interact with important adults in their lives thru a mini picnic.
Images of our TODDLER CREATIVITY WORKSHOP
I AM TEACHER NANAY DINDI :)
To be honest with you, I'm more of a visual artist rather than a writer/blogger. So "author" to me seemed kinda scary and I couldn't think of any other "tag" to write in this portion than NANAY (mother in Filipino language). Because that's who I really am, a Filipino mother first and an artist-teacher second.