By Elizabeth Lolarga, VERA Files
Photos courtesy of Aze Ong
She is not that traditional craftswoman doing crochet while on a rocking chair with the television set on. She does not follow a pattern from a catalogue. Free-spirited Aze Ong is moved by the light that falls on colors and makes them vibrate. From there she stiches, knots and wires the yarn.
At her ongoing show “Liwanag” at the National Commission on Culture and the Arts (NCCA) Gallery on Gen. Luna St., Intramuros, Manila (until June 22), she shows fantastic creations made from sacks of yarns. It was a challenge sourcing the materials.
She recalled, “Yarns are scarce in the country, especially textured types that I love. But I frequent Divisoria for the regular yarns or mercerized cotton, Quiapo, online sellers, and I ask relatives and friends in other countries to buy me yarns. After the show, I will go to Baguio to buy more.”
Even with these available resources, creation did not come easy. Ong said, “Unending