Text by Katherine Flor Castillo. Images courtesy of KMC Solutions.
In partnership with Art Bar and Art Plus Magazine, KMC Solutions relaunches Sip Studio, a two-part wine-and-paint workshop led by visual artist and illustrator Aldy Aguirre and Micole Tam. The event was held last March 26th, at KMC Cafe, Armstrong Corporate Center, Makati. The two-part event aimed to guide beginner and intermediate art enthusiasts on the basics of watercolor painting.
Sip Studio opened the session with Micole Tam’s interactive workshop, “Loose Florals in Watercolor”, which aimed to help beginners explore watercolor as a medium of creative expression. Encouraging the participants to join the free-flowing discourse that is as much knowledgeable as it is experiential.
“I find that if you’re happy with what you create, you find meaning in what you do, are proud of not just the result but the effort you put in it and want to keep learning—you produce the best kind of art for the heart”, she shared.
When asked about her creative process, Tam shared that as a visual artist her process is never a one-size-fits-all, varying depending on the craft that she is working on, which perfectly encapsulates her artistic style, which she described as “a mix of many things”, as she practices various art mediums and forms from photography to engraving.
Micole Tam has worked as a visual artist and engraver for various brands such as Dior, Hermès, and Tiffany & Co., among others.
Visual artist and children’s book illustrator Aldy Aguirre instructed the second half of the two-part art workshop. Aguirre’s workshop, “Between Waves and Skies in Watercolor”, guided the audience with the basic techniques in watercolor painting through the practical application of the principles of the medium. From basic color-mixing to tips on the creation process, Aguirre stirred the dialogue into an insightful discussion on the medium as a mode of storytelling, inspiring others to further explore the medium, just as how he first started, throughout the afternoon’s artistic exchange.
During his session, Aguirre shared that his creative process follows a dynamic pattern. Even though he starts with an initial idea in mind, he said that changes within the process cultivate the work to flourish and evolve.
“Most of the time, the original concept is changed during the process: the watercolor washes give a different form than what I originally had in mind, or changing an element to a different one that will suit the scene better, etc. Those changes are okay, it replaces the original concept but still leaves traces of it, it evolves to a different story,” he said.
The Quezon City-based illustrator worked alongside local and international publishers and independent writers throughout his career. Recognized by the National Book Development Board and the Philippine Board on Books for Young People, and internationally by ILUSTRARTE in Portugal, with one of his picture books, Si Kian, published by the International Youth Library in Germany.