Donna Tyra Barbosa
Hello! I am Donna- a kindergarten teacher and a student of life. I enjoy being with kids probably because of my childlike wonder. I keep on learning things that are artistic, fun and healthy for the mind and body.
My fondness for art and craft started when I discovered my talent in drawing. I would watch cartoons and draw my favorite characters. I did this regularly until I got to use different media like crayons, oil pastel, and watercolor. I made my own paper dolls, even paper bead bead bracelets and friendship bands. I realized my potential when people noticed and appreciated my work. It motivated me to keep on practicing and improving. My teachers also encouraged me to join art contests. I did not win all the time, but still I felt like a champion with all the support that I received. Since then I knew that art and craft would always have a special place in heart.
I have been involved in crafting from a young age. I helped my mom and my aunt with their cross-stitching when I was a teen. I also helped out in creating Christmas ornaments made of recycled materials such as wreaths, ornaments, and the Filipino Christmas lantern called "Parol."
I am excited to teach my Workshop on Pastillas candies and its Pabalat (decorative wrapper) because it is deemed to be a "dying art." The craft is no longer taught in Philippine schools and the artisans of the Pabalat are just a handful. I think sharing and practicing the basics of this craft would spark interest and appreciation for it.
Personally, I like working with watercolors and recycled items the most. I could use anything I find interesting, from bottle caps to dried leaves. When it comes to local materials, sea shells and Capiz shells are good in making accessories and home decor.
The Philippines is a beautiful place to live. The best thing about the Philippines would be exploring the islands and the pristine beaches. The Philippines has 7000+ islands and it would take a lifetime to visit them all! I've been to some provinces and the experience is just fantastic. I grew up in the city and so my travels and interactions with my Kababayans (fellowmen) bring a more authentic understanding of the Filipino life.