Friday, August 12, 2011

7.1 The Artist: Beng Villanueva

Denise Villanueva, IV BS Communication Technology Management

You'd be surprised to learn that Beng has never taken professional art lessons. This self-taught artist, formerly the Performing Arts Cluster Head, designs the promotional materials for big-time organizations like CADs, BlueRep and COA (if you're an Atenean, you've definitely seen the work she's done for RecWeek). She has grown a lot as a leader in her previous college years, and now that she's a senior, she chose focus on art.

What is she wearing?

A true individualist, she doesn't like using stock resources for creating her artwork. In the same manner, she doesn't follow the trend when it comes to fashion. She wears what she feels like wearing, regardless of whether or not it's in the pages of the latest fashion magazine. Prioritizing comfort over style, Beng dons leggings, a loose top and slippers.

Alongside her love and talent for visual art comes a passion for music. Here's another bit that might surprise you: her favorite artists are Led Zeppelin and Iron & Wine. Once a week, she plays a gimmick by putting her iPod on shuffle and chooses her outfit based on the song that plays. She recounts her outfit for Graphika Manila 2011, after listening to Martin Solveig & Dragonette's "Hello", she put on a colorful pair of sneakers to match the cheerful mood of the song.

When asked for her fashion advice for the BlueBook readers, she replied, "Be yourself. Don't dress to impress when it's not you. If you're going out of your way to follow a trend and try to be 'in' with a crowd, you'll just lose your own identity."

Advice from the BlueBook: Substance over style.

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