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Name: Bev Mayo
Location: Metro Manila
Filipino Artist Profile: Bev Mayo
Doing away with all the complexities in a piece without affecting its impact takes a lot of time and hard work to master. It involves a unique vision and the drive to bring it to life. Those kinds of designs are what Bev Mayo and Bevy Story are all about. With a touch of Japanese culture dashed with the wonders of minimalism, you’ll surely like what you see from this wonderful combination. Learn more about how Bev performs this process below.
How did your journey as an artist begin?
My journey as an artist began way back when I was a child. I started when I was five with a traditional style by doodling on the walls or drawing on paper with some crayons. When I was in college, I didn’t take the Arts. I took up Management instead. Eventually, my job as a working student involved graphics, where I learned Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. Up to now, that’s still the field where I’m working in.
How did you come up with your brand name and what is the reason behind it?
Bevy Story. It’s funny, actually. Some even said that it sounds like Baby Stuff. I told them that I can’t use the name of my page, Bevrism. I wanted something new. I told them I’d use Bevy then add Story to it. That’s because my designs contain elements that tell a story and certain influences, like Manga.
What is your favorite subject to create and why?
I really like drawing women because they’re cute. In fashion, there’s a bigger market for women, as compared to men.
How would you describe your artistic style?
My style as an artist is minimal. When it comes to Chibi, it’s all about shapes. The color isn’t that bright too. I’m into Uniqlo shirts, which are very minimalistic in design. I want to create something like that that doesn’t look remotely like Uniqlo.
What or who are the influences that shaped your style?
I’m into anything Japanese. I like using elements I see from Japanese magazines. Even without loud colors, the style itself is very cool. I observed the market, especially when it comes to t-shirt design, that kind of style has an impact. There are certain audiences that don’t relate to that because it’s hard to pair with other types of clothing.
What is that one creation you’re proud of the most and why?
Maybe when I saw the people who purchased from the last 11.11 sale, I can say it was the Sailor Girls, which was credited to Naoki Takeuchi. I discovered that certain style out of the blue when I just played with shapes in Illustrator. I came up with something people thought was cute.
What are your struggles as an artist?
It’s that feeling of being left behind. There are so many great artists these days, especially the young ones. Because of social media, it’s so easy to be seen with your work and to learn new stuff. Before, it’s not that accessible.
There’s also the feeling of being lost. My style is minimal and it’s different from other t-shirt designers. There was a time I received criticism that my designs were just so-so. Of course, my target market is different from others.
What can you consider as your most important achievement as an artist?
My most important achievement this year, especially during the pandemic, is my take on the Facebook care emoji. It became viral last May. I just want to make a meme out of it because I wanted iced coffee at that time. I thought of placing the iced coffee into the emoji. After that, there were so many replies. There was one suggestion to place a Jollibee Chickenjoy instead of iced coffee and I did it. Jollibee noticed it and posted it on their Instagram page. It became a stepping stone to more people knowing more about my page.
What are your strengths as an artist?
I’m observant, especially when it comes to details that I can use. Thanks to that quality, there’s always something new to discover.
What do people usually say when they see your work?
Cute. They also ask me to make a design for them.
How do you handle criticism or negative feedback, if there any?
Criticisms are normal and they’re a part of life. Instead of looking at them negatively, I consider them as room for improvement. Of course, it bothers me when someone compares you to others when you have a different pace. It’s more important to focus on the people who support and appreciate you
Do you prefer working alone or are you comfortable working with others to collaborate on a piece?
I became part of a group back when I was in Marketing. We also did some collaborations back then. My only problem with that is the schedule. It can be done now since I’m a freelancer. Either way, I can adjust.
Do you have any advice for talented individuals who want to start their own journey to becoming an artist?
The most important piece of advice is you should give it a try and start what you want to do. You have to start, then continue. Along the way, you’ll get lost because there are so many things to study. Whatever happens, you have to continue.
How did you discover Merchiful and why did you choose it as the platform for your designs?
Actually, Molongski is my coach. I told him Merchiful approved me and he encouraged me about it. He was the one who pushed me to apply. I gave it a try at that time. I didn’t expect I would be approved because I had no time to make designs back then.
Merciful is also very accessible when it comes to Merch. If there are people who ask me about my merch, I can always tell them yes. It’s a good platform to see my designs being worn by other people.
What can Merchiful customers expect from you in the coming months ahead?
The 12.12 Sale. I’m also coming out with designs that will make a series, such as those that are girl-centric or related to music.
In one word, how would you describe yourself?
If you like your style and merch as minimalist as possible, there’s no reason for you not to check Bevy Story on Merchiful. From there. You’ll find Bev’s creations and you’ll also get the chance to take them home. You can also check out Bevy Story on other social media platforms;
Merchiful Shop: bevystory.merchiful.com/pages/