About this project
Baybayin is an endangered writing system from the Philippines prior to Spanish colonization. Last June 2016, I was in the remote Mangyan village where I met elders of the the last tribe that still use the script. They were down to their last teacher! With success my first book, An Introduction to Baybayin and a coloring book for kids, a follow-up was needed to help my students memorize the characters. The 1st thing that popped in my head were the ABC flash cards I was exposed to as a kid.
A set of 18 flash cards of each of the characters of the writing system. There's 3 vowels, 14 consonants and 1 info card.
I've received a sample set and they are beautiful! 2.5"x3.5" 300gsm and full color on one side.
Funds will go towards the bulk order and donations to educational orgs. A partial list of those who expressed interest:
- Filipino School of NY/NJ
- Filipino Youth Initiative
- Asian Art Museum
- Philippine Generations
- Sama-Sama Coop
- Filipino American National Historic Society of Houston
THE SCHEDULE I'm expecting to ship the flashcards around late April to early May 2017.
ABOUT ME As a leading authority for the propagation and instruction of the Philippine script, he developed a modern performance style of the writing system called Tulang Kalis (Poetry of the Sword) and introduced it as Filipino Calligraphy with a series of live demonstrations and lectures at the Asian Art Museum in October 2012. He has spoken at numerous schools and institutions such as Stanford University, UC Berkeley, SF State University, UC Davis, Sonoma State, University of the Philippines, National Anthropology Museum of Madrid, and the San Francisco Philippine Consulate.
Currently based in San Francisco, Kristian has been tirelessly advocating a reawakening of the indigenous spirit through decolonization and Baybayin. Conscious about the role he plays, Kristian launched his own company around the script specializing custom art, translations, books and apparel. This lead to collaborations with t-shirt, hat and skateboard companies. Kristian just completed a European tour of Paris, Madrid, London and Brussels in July 2013 and is currently working on his 4th book, documentary and online school.
Artistic Statement My work explores pre- to post- Filipino culture in the diaspora. Using Baybayin, the nearly extinct indigenous Filipino writing system as a foundation, I incorporate and deconstruct calligraphy and graffiti methods. Didactic in nature, my works both entertain and instruct while exploring themes of identity, poverty, death, love and duality. By blending the ancient script with contemporary aesthetics, my work bridges time and space, as well as challenges the necessity of economic value to prove our cultural heritage worthy of preserving.
I've successfully launched 5 Kickstarter campaigns since 2011 ranging from workshops to books to a web app.
Feel free to reach out with any questions at email@example.com or visit Baybayin.com and Kabuay.com to learn more.
Salamat (Thank you)
Risks and challenges
The risk is very low. I've launched 5 Kickstarter projects with no issues by playing it safe by making sure I have production quality products before I start the campaign. That said, this project will push through!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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