- Date: March 13th, 2015
- Author: admin
Who is Nini Falcon.
God’s working progress who is primarily a wife, a mother of two beautiful children. Enjoys her work as a stylista who designs and execute sets, prop styling for media and events.
When did you develop your artistry?
As a kid my parents would bring us to parks, museums, ballets and theatre plays instead of bringing us to movies or malls. My Dad who was in the paper industry would bring home what seems like a giant paper and toss out crayons, pastels and pens. My sibs and I would get down on all fours and draw. My typical childhood wish list would be a set of acrylic paints, big box of crayons, paint brushes, Legos and wooden blocks. Of course just like any other young girl, i somehow got Barbies but the hair would either get colored, curled or cut. I think i was just beemed on creating and i’m grateful that my parents supported that.
What project/s are you working on now?
What’s really keeping me busy are commercial and editorial shoots. While styling stores and events happen twice or once a month. What i enjoy most is the part when i source. When i say sourcing. It means i go to places where i can find pieces i can use for the sets. That would usually be in the streets, garage sales and junk shops. Sometimes my assistant and I would randomly stop the car when we see an interesting looking piece of driftwood or panel laying down the street. A piece of furniture that’s abandoned would be our usual target ‘cause we love converting them into something new. That said, it won’t be too long that we’d soon make a line of our own.
Tell us about a project you are most proud of.
I can say that i am proudest with the projects that i call “FIRSTS”. Like *first* to style food, *first* to make a set on a busy street, *first* to make a set for a summer layout when it’s actually raining, *first*to work with seasoned director or a veteran photographer in the industry. They can be very nerve racking but when we simply hear “Well done here!” or “I love the set!” or “My, my, this is magic!” It’s enough to say we’ve done our job well. One thing that makes me proud is when we all break through logistical
nightmares and personality clashes. It’s even more rewarding when we
actually make real friends out of those who were difficult in the process.
Tell me about a project or accomplishment that you consider to be the most significant in your career.
I think it was when Working Mom Magazine took a chance on me. It was when they trusted me to do the sets for their covers. It actually opened up a whole new industry where i genuinely love doing now.
What can you tell those people who are doubtful of learning or exploring their inner artist?
It’s okay to doubt… It’s okay to fail… People will criticize… we experience “creative blocks”…. So deal with it, process it. Everybody has their own style in translating things. Understand that design is relative and subjective that is why the challenge is to step out of our own visual world and see things from someone else’s perspective. This is like when a client asks for your artistic point of view but that point of view needs to communicate to the masses. Then that’s where you inject creativity. This means doing something outrageous, something that has never been done before, or something challenging. Do not stop in experimenting, explore and discover your own creative process.
What can I do to step outside my comfort zone today?
There are days that I simply do not feel like doing anything at all when i’m swamped with work. In those days, i simply get up, talk to people, grab a cup of coffee and before i know it, it will most likely turn out to be a productive day. I live by what my father taught me. He once told me “Walang bobo pero may tamad. Don’t ever get comfortable with being lazy, otherwise it will eat up your skills, capabilities and intelligence like a deadly disease. Kung saan ka nahihirapan dun ka pagpursigi” I think that is one good advise that i live by.
If I could create something with an unlimited budget, what would the end result be?
That will be a gigantic Creative lab where Filipino kids and kids-at-heart, regardless of social class can collaborate and express their creativity and showcase their brilliance to the whole world. OR. Since EDSA looks as if a monster just barfed out billboards, I’d use that power to IMPOSE a collaborative art work on the whole stretch of EDSA infusing the use of Billboards.
What’s a secret skill you have?
I was once told by an Editor and a Producer *“…and that is something we wouldn’t have think of”*. Not a creepy way but yes,I think I see what most don’t. More importantly we find ways to *make it happen*. I think it’s a skill most creatives should have.
How do you manage to stay both personal and original in your creative endeavors?
Each project has its own distinct visual need. For me it’s important to find out the story behind each endeavor. To touch the soul so to speak. In that way, the visuals become real, honest, and distinct. Then you *amplify* the quality and *justify* the flaws. Hence, the message you convey becomes clear and simple for everyone to comprehend. Again, it’s important not to be scared of trying out something new.
Explain your design process?
I gather information through research. Research that is not limited to reading but more of engaging people and experience. That is where we get the inspiration to show the very soul of your design.
Do the opinions of other people influence or change what you create?
Yes, but it depends on whose opinion I buy. Change is constant. Especially in the creative field. So it’s really important to listen to people who constantly know how to reinvent or create.
Do you collect anything?
In my younger years i used to collect bears. All kinds of teddy bears. From resins, mugs, necklace, and crystals. But i guess i find myself collecting more of the reusable furniture that no one really pays attention to.
Do you think that people are born with creativity or do they learn it?
I think some are born with it? And some needs to learn it. Kinda like
singing? You see, I love to sing as long as it’s in the confines of our vehicle where I drive alone. That’s because I don’t have the skill to do so. But, but, practice and training may help. ‘Point here is, I think everyone has the capacity to express their creativity. It differs on how we channel our creativity. Merriam- Webster defines Creativity as * “ the ability to make new things or think of new ideas ” * It can be dance, acting, singing, writing, and yes, even the way math problems are solved. In our case, it’s visual arts. It’s the discipline to think in an innovative way to express, to compell, to distract or attract.
Do you critique your own work? Explain.
I do criticize my work before someone else does. For challenging tasks, I seek the advice of some people I consider as mentors. Of course there will be times that we just need to let go and stand back to simply appreciate the work we do. The key is to do our homework before we engage in something. Research and immersion helps a lot. The process will help you understand more of the work done and in a way, gives you the confidence you need to express your creation. Confidence is important otherwise, any uncertainty might be translated to the people we are of service.
What’s the best advice anyone ever gave you?
My big brother and Dad had one strong advise that I also live by “Never settle but stay true to yourself”.