‘MaArte at The Pen’ is finally back home

After spinning online in 2020 due to the pandemic, MaArte – the elegant fundraising bazaar that benefits the Museums Foundation of the Philippines – is finally at The Peninsula Manila for its first in-person event in two years.

Taking place August 19-21, the event will continue the foundation’s mission to raise funds and awareness for the National Museum of the Philippines and its network.

“Finally, we can all get together in person again to marvel at Filipino creativity and design, learn from those in the industry, and of course, buy some loving things for ourselves, our loved ones, and our homes,” shared the co-organizer. Dindin Araneta at the event’s virtual media conference.

Common Caption: One of the highlights of this year’s edition is a special exhibition on National Design Artist Salvacion Lim Higgins – known by the acronym Slim – curated by his son, painter Mark Lewis Higgins. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/CYRUS PANGANIBAN

Araneta recalled that MaArte began in February 2009 as a complementary event to HABI, the Second ASEAN Traditional Textile Symposium, a four-day international conference organized by the MFPI and held at the National Museum.

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“As part of the conference’s Market Gathering, delegates had the opportunity to purchase textiles and jewelry. It was well received by international and local participants,” Araneta continued.

Since then, MaArte has grown in scope and gone through several iterations in various locations. In 2017 it found a new home at The Peninsula Manila and has since been renamed MaArte at The Pen. The annual editions were a resounding success until the pandemic hit and the anticipated event had to be online.

Still, the online edition was a success, from October to December 2020 and extended for another two months until February 2021.

Now, for those still yearning for the face-to-face experience, the wait is finally over. MaArte at The Pen 2022 will bring back past attendees who offer a varied array of thoughtfully crafted merchandise, while introducing elements that signal the event’s emergence into a new normal.

MaArte’s main theme at The Pen 2022 is to celebrate the Filipino creative soul. It will recognize not only traditional Filipino craftsmanship and design, but will also bring contemporary Filipino design to the fore in the fields of fashion, furniture and accessories.

slim in the lobby

One of the highlights of this year’s edition is a special exhibition on National Design Artist Salvacion Lim Higgins, known by the acronym Slim. She was a fashion designer whose career began in post-World War II Manila from 1947 until her death in 1990. The first decade of her career is considered a golden age in Filipino fashion. She was known for creating some of the most avant-garde silhouettes of her time, both for evening dresses and suits.

MaArte at The Pen brings together a vignette of Slim ensembles with native influences such as jusi, cutwork embroidery and raffia cutouts. The dresses date from 1952 to the early 1980s and were borrowed from the archives of Slim’s Fashion & Arts School. Nine of her creations will be on display at The Lobby from August 15th to 27th.

Painter Mark Lewis Higgins, son of the late fashion designer and current director of Slim’s Fashion & Arts School, will curate this special exhibition.

contemporary fashion

For 2022, MaArte at The Pen will bring contemporary Filipino fashion to the forefront.

To highlight the breadth of Filipino fashion design, this year’s bazaar works together with PHx Fashion Group to present PHxMaArte, a section that will introduce MaArte visitors to the next generation of Filipino designers. Among the new collections that debut in this section are Bagasáo, NeilFelipp and Kelvin Morales, brands that come out of Tokyo Fashion Week. Jude Macasinag flies in the Manifesto, recently presented for his graduation collection at the Institut Francais de la Mode in Paris.

MaArte is also proud of the role it played in pushing forward leading apparel brands that championed the use of traditional Filipino textiles. The incorporation of indigenous embroidery patterns and techniques into its wares are MaArte’s hallmarks of The Pen pioneers, brands such as Filip+Inna and Good Luck Humans.

This year’s MaArte brings back these beloved labels, along with, among others, Rurungan Collective, WYC Wear Your Culture, Two Chic and Creative Definitions + Lakat Sustainables.

The legacy and the present

To highlight rich traditions, respected suppliers of Philippine antiques, tribal art and maps Unang Panahon, Gallery Deus, Leon Gallery and Gallery of Prints will release choice pieces at their first MaArte appearances.

Additionally, MaArte at The Pen’s jewelry selection by, among others, Wealth, Micki Olaguer, Tim Tam Ong and Natalya Lagdameo, ranges from pre-colonial gold trinkets to vintage jewelry and wood, bone and brass clothing accessories. casual. daily wear.

Also marking his first time at MaArte is Ito Kish. The home accessories and furniture from her eponymous store reflect an enduring passion for design.

Going back to its first bazaar, fabric collections that highlight native Filipino traditions always have a place at the event. This year, some of the brands featuring them are Balay ni Atong and WVN Living, as well as community weaver Marlon Martin, based in Ifugao.

Of course, one cannot forget the series of lectures entitled “MaArte Talks”. It will take place daily at 2pm from August 19 to 21 at the hotel’s Salon de Ning.

With an expected list of 94 entrants, MaArte at The Pen 2022 promises to more than make up for its two-year absence, bringing back to the hotel a stylish buzz for the exquisitely made in the Philippines.

For more information and updates, follow the MaArte Fair on Instagram (@maartefair) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/maartefair).

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