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CRAJES: A tear come true
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“I want to paint you,” the artist, Popo San Pascual told me back in the early ’90s.
“Paint me with a tear in my eye,” I said.
“No, I want to paint you laughing,” Popo said, “I will call it Laughing Cecile.”
Popo moved to Tagaytay and we lost touch.

Something really tragic happened to me back in the ’90s, something I didn’t think I would survive.
During that time I found a small statue of the crying Virgin Mary, which touched me because I felt like she was crying with me. I had that special statue on my bedside until my baby dropped it on the floor and broke it.

Then sometime in November last year, I saw this invitation to an art gallery at The Fort.

Crajes

Spanish painters Carla Rendon and Jessica Ruiz, collectively known as Crajes, was mounting a solo show in Manila.

Crajes

I went there as fast as I could and marveled at the workmanship

Crajes exhibit at Pablo

These were huge

Crajes exhibit at Pablo

I couldn’t leave without buying anything, so I chose the one on the left.

Crajes

Crajes’ paintings remind me so much of me, so I took a chance and emailed them to inquire about painting me, with a veil and a tear in my eye. I sent them a couple of pictures with me in Maison Michel hat and headband

Cecile van Straten
Cedric and I

I was thrilled when they emailed me back and wrote: “We want to know if you want a transparent tear or a blood one?”
A few months later, I was following its progress on @crajes Instagram account.

Crajes
Crajes
Crajes
Crajes

The tear is in place

Crajes
Crajes

Beginning of the veil

Crajes

I love this

Crajes

Amazing, painstaking detail with a fine brush

Crajes
Crajes

The finished product will be 100 x 115cm, and my dream is coming true.
To know more about Crajes, go to http://crajes.carbonmade.com/
Or follow them on Instagram @crajes and Twitter @crajesart

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ochie duran

ang ganda Ms C!!!!

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BRian

Ms. Cecile, you look so slim!!! Awwww

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Really beautiful Ms. C! I love how they were able to do gorgeous details to your veil! 😀 love it! 😀

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KatrinaAtienza

That’s amazing and really beautiful!

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EmDy

Ang ganda

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aina

gorgeous!

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Patweek Padilla

they’re like the less creepy yet chica versions of ball-jointed dolls. they’re sort of alexander mcqueen-ish. i wonder about the price tag though and where miss cvs will hang it on.

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CVS Reply:

hahaha. lovett!!

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Patweek Padilla Reply:

can i just say you ladies rock the gray tees bigtime? #dugyotchic

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geljam

Super galeng!!

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KUMAGCOW

Grabe Ms C this is so gorgeous!

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Oh wow! That is really beautiful, Cecile! How wonderful! =)

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CVS Reply:

thank you 🙂

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Topaz Horizon Reply:

Kuhang-kuha your lips! Ako rin nagpa-paint! Gusto ko sana hubo’t hubad pero mahal pala pag buong katawan hahaha so face na lang =)

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johbeeze

amazing intricate details. reminds me of Audrey Kawasaki you should check her artwork.

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CVS Reply:

the one who paints on wood 🙂

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johbeeze Reply:

Yes! She has gelaskins too. Her artwork solds out fast.

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