Such Charming Bags!
UPTOWN /DOWNTOWN, Joanne Zapanta-Andrada, Editor, The Philippines Star
Charming Baldemor’s love for nature is palpable in all her works. Her intricately carved wooded pieces are so precise and lifelike, her vision fresh and contemplative. Her passion for her art is only matched by her compassion for others.
Charming is from the famous Baldemor clan of Paete, a remote town in Laguna where woodcarving flourished as the primary tool of the trade where woodcarving flourished as the primary tool of the trade since the early Spanish Colonial period. The word paet –meaning “chisel” –ingrains in its residents the importance and value of woodcarving in their lives. This lifestyle has instilled in local artisans the value of high standards, natural restraint, creativity and the relentless persistence for their craft.
Ever ready to give continunous livelihood opportunities to her hometown’s residents, Charming found an opportunity to redirect artistic vibrancy into creations for those who appreciate the finer things in life –all while emphasizing the valie of local artistry –from materials to craftsmanship. Charming transitioned her woodcarving works, from pieces of display arts, to the wearable art of bags.
The star of each Charming Baldemor bag is the wood used to create it. These are locally sourced upcycled wood, rescued and restored from various states of damage or decay, and selected for their robust and enduring character. All wood used in her studio undergo proper conditioning and treatment to ensure that the material can withstand the crafting process, after which it is given a durable finish made to endure constant use in the year to come.
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