Great things come in small packages. Christina Dy creates massively beautiful charcoal pieces that are 12 feet high and 60 feet wide, no small feat for the spunky 5-foot tall artist. :) She's also the founder of the pole dancing group called Polecats.
CD's work area is a small corner in their condo unit. A thin blanket of charcoal dust covers everything; including her once-white laptop. When she's not drawing, this little artist haven turns into her pole dancing area. Too bad her pole wasn't there when I dropped by, it would have been awesome to photograph her while she practiced her routine. :)
Christina Dy (a.k.a. CD)
(Mandaluyong City, Philippines)
Occupation: drawist, pole dancer/instructor
Website: christinady.com (under construction pa!), slab.silverlensphoto.com, polecatsmanila.wordpress.com
Favorite toy as a child: a second-hand upright piano (i had dreams of being a classical pianist when i was 4, so not much time spent playing...)
Favorite toys now: my pole -- his name is Rain!!!
Turn-ons: i like funny, kind, extremely talented people. i also like dark chocolate and fluffy cotton sheets. the ocean. and ropes. haha!
Turn-offs: i don't like mayabang people. people with no dreams. loud cars. long toenails.
What are 5 things that inspire you right now? aerial arts (silks, hoops, trapeze, ropes), the human body, the human brain (ok, it's less than 5!)
Top 5 movies: Great Expectations -- first movie i saw that i noticed the production design (it was green); Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind -- so sad and so hopeful at the same time; Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon -- it's just beautiful; In the Mood for Love -- great pd (production design)!; Big Time -- funniest Pinoy movie EVER! :)
Top 3 books: Anais Nin -- Delta of Venus; book on Schiele -- first visual artist i really liked; Scrabble lists!
Music you listen to: a lot of OPM -- Sugarfree, Urbandub, Up Dharma Down, Drip, plus some NuSoul
5 Favorite websites: ay hala... i don't really surf
When you're not busy with work, what do you do in your free time? play scrabble with my family, learn a language or a new skill
If you were to choose a different job, what would it be? cellist
If you can have any super power, what would it be? manipulate time
What is the biggest problem of the world right now? miseducation
What do you think is the solution? nako. education, on whatever level, however small. we have to start somewhere.
What's the most important life lesson you've learned so far? be thankful. everyday.
Most inspiring statement/moment (heard/said/read): Sometimes people let the same problem make them miserable for years when they could just say, "So what." -- Andy Warhol
*CD at Pecha Kucha Night talking about pole dancing :)