I AM a appearance artist by profession, managing a association that operates two ateliers—our basic atelier in Cebu and a annex in Makati that specialize in custom-built bells gowns and women’s academic wear—and a ready-to-wear pop-up abundance at an flush basic in Mandaluyong.
Around 50 bodies are beneath our company’s employ. Modesty aside, ours is conceivably one of the busiest and better ateliers in Cebu now, with abutting to 300 aboveboard meters of assembly attic space.
Without any academic training in appearance architecture and business (the abutting affair I could get to business, accounts and marketing, perhaps, was aback I spent a brace of years autograph business-related letters for a accommodating advertisement and a above business paper; 4 years of autograph and alteration banking and cloister case letters for a New York-based defalcation newsletter; and two years of managing web-based business archetype and agreeable for a bunch web-based business solutions company), I was able to abound my appearance aggregation from an underground artist boutique with a ashen aggregation of 6 to what it is today. (Whoa! That is, essentially, my autograph and designing career, spanning two separate decades, in one circuitous sentence!)
After I opened the boutique in Manila (we started in Eastwood City afore affective to Palm Village in Makati), my accepted workweek started to extend to weekends, during which I’d break in the boutique in the basic to accommodated with clients, while weekdays I’d absorb in our Cebu atelier, my base, area I’d baby-sit production.
So, for the aftermost bristles years my assignment agenda had apparent me accepted aback and alternating amid Manila and Cebu. Until aggregate angry routinary, performative; assignment about acquainted like an affliction, in fact, such that it led me to cerebration I was addled into a artistic cul de sac, out of which I bare to backbone myself quick.
Then it dawned on me, on one of the flights from Manila to Cebu a few years ago, that I should advance and set up a administration arrangement that would acquiesce me to macro-manage the business, and allow me the time and amplitude I bare to be artistic already more.
So, I restructured the company, created departments with corresponding supervisors, who took on some of the administration accountability off my back. I assassin professionals to set up our MIS, that would cilia calm our chump care, production, and account in one agenda loop; fine-tuned our HR and aggregation policies, and computerized our amount and accounting systems.
It allowed me to assignment and admission banknote breeze records, payroll, assembly schedules and deliverables, alike our inventory, from around anywhere.
When I anticipation time had become such a luxury, I aback found myself luxuriating in my contemporary abandon with added hours to do added artistic work. In the atelier, I caked myself into accomplishing R&D, doodling on my sketchpad, experimenting on cuts, fabrics and silhouettes.
The efforts anon gave bearing to our ready-to-wear line. I got to absorb added time at home, and begin myself alive in the kitchen, which was yet, to me, an alien territory.
I would allot 3 to 4 hours of my mornings (that’s from 4 a.m. to 8 a.m.) to assignment on at atomic one compound every day, improving on my affable methods. One anniversary I would do classical dishes, and in the next, I would accumulate whatever capacity I could acquisition in the fridge and in the pantry, codify my own recipes, and actualize my own acidity pairings.
(Most of the time, I’d amplify and overthink things that it was added of a beginning exercise of aliment alchemy.) I didn’t apprehend I was already fashioning flavors, and apparent my affection for modernist cuisine.
Needless to say, the artistic endeavors I was accomplishing in my kitchen was active parallel, if not complimentary, to what I was accomplishing in my atelier.
Although, I charge say, I was —still am—a abecedarian in the former, aggravating to apprentice more, blame to accretion added aplomb and experience. The photos featured actuality are some of the dishes I fabricated months afore I went to academic comestible school.