Artist: Det Agustin


What is Paru Paro Studios?   My creative haven.

Can you describe your creative haven?  I consider my entire house to be my creative haven.  I also believe you can make any place your Paru Paro.  Even though my favorite spot is in my home, it doesn’t take much for me to convert any spot into my Paru Paro.

Why did you call your creative haven Paru Paro Studios?  The literal translation in Tagalog is “butterfly”, since this radiant creature is metaphoric to my own personal transformation, it was only fitting that I would dedicate my creative space to it.  Paru Paro Studios is my intangible and tangible places where my creativity is cultivated, nurtured, and practiced.  

What are your artistic forms?  Drawing and sewing are my main forms of artistic expressions.  Photography seems to be a dominant force in my practice. In the past decade the cell phone seems to be synonymous to photography. 

Can you give examples of techniques, mediums, or styles you like to work in? I render a lot by markers.  My best buddies are my Sakura Micron, Sharpie, Tombow, Copic and Uni-ball gel pens.  I like coloring with pencils, watercolor, and gouache, but often, I mix it up. I enjoy exploring new mediums and using recyclable substrates.

Do you have artistic rituals?  I have none.  I just make it a goal to infuse creativity in my daily life.  

What is your favorite quote?  Lately I am choosing to complain less and take responsibility for my life’s joys.  Hence this quote speaks to me the most, in recent times, "The only person you are destined to become is the one you decide to be." ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Most artist love to collect things, what is yours?  Never met a sewing machine I have not loved.  I have a fascination with their mechanical engineering design and the incredible tool it is for us, sewists!

Is it possible for you to choose a favorite color?  Green but only if I had to choose.  It puts me in a happy mood and it reminds me of lush gardens.

Do you have other interest outside the artistic fields?  Yoga. Hmmm, isn't everything artistic?

Where do you think you got your artistic genes?  Perhaps, from my Lola, Mom, and Dad.  If I was stranded on a deserted island with any of them, I would surely survive.  We are a DIY-kind-of-family.

Who are your favorite students?  I love teaching kids, or anyone who gets excited about making things with their hands.

What would you tell your younger self?  I have a few words for that girl!  That you are beautiful and be kind to yourself.  Don’t compare yourself to others, and ignore the noise so that you can hear your true heart’s desire. Learn from the mishaps because it always leads to wisdom.  It doesn't have to be perfect, just start.  I told you I had a lot to say to her.

What is your greatest accomplishment?  My core relationships, they enrich my life and encourage more art, in essence become more Paru Paro.  

A very common question, what is your source of inspiration?  I naturally gravitate towards nature, especially flowers.  I am fascinated by the macro world. The patterns, shapes, and colors that exist beyond the human eye is mind blowing.  I am perpetually in awe of nature, it kicks my sensory into overdrive. This is probably why I scream easily, cry easily, and laugh easily.  I have a curious mind and love learning how things are made.  

What kind of books would you find in your library?  How-to's in everything, spiritual, cookbooks, and self development.  

Creative mission, have you thought of one?  Yes.  To share my art and encourage others to live more creatively and artistically daily.  It's my form of therapy, it puts everything in perspective.  It is my way to remove junk from my soul.  I am unapologetically sentimental.  

Can you choose a word that best describes your artistic work?  I love words from different languages, especially the ones that are hard to translate in English. If I had to describe my work it would be "Meraki". This Greek word means, "to do something with soul, creativity, or love; when you leave a piece of yourself in your work."

Do you have any formal training?  I have a Bachelor of Applied Arts from Ryerson University in Toronto.  My career roadmap has taken me from Toronto, Hong Kong, Guangzhou, to Boston.  I am a lifelong learner.  I am genetically built to be a crafter and work with my hands! If I don't know how to do something, I will find out how.

What was the biggest lesson from your career path?  Be open to possibilities.

Are you available for freelance work?  Yes, please feel free to reach out to me. Thanks for visiting my website.

Live WholeARTedly, Det.