When I started getting involved with arts and crafts, there weren't a lot of avenues to connect with people who gush about cute stuff and paper products with the same level of enthusiasm as I did. That was in 2012. Workshops were very rare and art markets were few and far between. It was very difficult to get materials; they were either sold locally at steep prices or had to be ordered abroad.
I was so happy when things started picking up in late 2013. The arts and crafts community generated a lot of interest, and people started getting into different hobbies like rubber stamping, papercutting, and more recently, typography and watercolor. Tools became readily available and events popped up everywhere, making it easier for beginners to learn new skills and meet people who are excited for craft and creativity.
Next week SM Stationery will hold such an event. They will launch Art Fest, a creative gathering where you can hoard materials and participate in workshops on doodling, coloring, fashion sketching, lettering, calligraphy, and more. This event is in partnership with Faber Castell, Pentel, International Fine Paper Exchange (IFEX), and Titus Pens. Art Fest will run from April 13-17, 2016 at the SM Megamall Mega Fashion Hall.
A minimum purchase of Php 300 from the participating booths entitles you a free workshop slot on April 16 and 17, Saturday and Sunday. For more details, see the poster below.