EXCLUSIVE: Our Interview with Afianne Cope

Photos courtesy of Afianne Cope Hailing from the Philippines, Afianne Cope is definitely one of the quirkiest and creative graphic designe...

Photos courtesy of Afianne Cope

Hailing from the Philippines, Afianne Cope is definitely one of the quirkiest and creative graphic designers we have ever seen!

Read our exclusive interview with her after the jump!

Hi Afianne! Tell us more a bit about yourself.
Hello. It's lovely to be here. More about myself? I am a Filipino, more particularly, living down south of Metro Manila. I am many other things - a queen, a Brigitte Bardot fan, not a coffee person, not a singer but sings my heart out a lot, a Mother of Perpetual Help devotee, have natural curls, crazy over pepper salami and French things. Didn't make sense, did it? But there it is.

What is the story behind your blog name ‘Viva La Manika’?
Filipino customs are greatly influenced by the Hispanic Culture and I wanted my blog name to sound like it in one way or another. Manika, in Filipino, is 'doll' and Viva in Spanish means 'long live'. I know dolls are lifeless things but it is has been an undying fashion that every girl, at one point their lives, owned a manika. And for me, our dolls are our alter egos and have strongly symbolized femininity over the years.

Your artwork is both quirky and beautiful! What do you have to tell from your art?
Organized chaos. Abstractly feminine, lustful, and rebellious but chic!

Where do you get your inspirations from?
I have strong fondness for feminine beauty and the rebellion, the gloom and doom behind it. I was always one to marvel at the imperfection beyond what's physically perfect. There are so many stories to tell about them. Music also aids me in knowing what to create next. Right now, I listen to songs by Nancy Sinatra and Patsy Cline to help me imagine my muse.

You have started a magazine Bloodrush Diary, which, at first impression, looks like extended canvas for your designs. How does that differ from your blog?
Bloodrush Diary (bloodrushonline.com) is leaning more on the sisterhood I share with my friends. It is where we plan to turn our frustrations into reality and impart with others what we love to do, unheard-of things we'd like to share, and talk about intimate things that not many people would be gutsy to talk about. This is also why we pattern its look from that of an actual diary.

What are the tools/equipment do you usually use for your photography and graphic design?
I use my Nikon D40 mostly to take photos. When I feel like being spontaneous and all, I use a film camera - Canon Autoboy 2. For my graphics, I incorporate retro photos, symbols, and interesting patterns and combine them using Photoshop.

Which of your projects/artwork are you most proud of?
I would say my "We Are The Mighty Youth" set. It was the first artwork I have exhibited.

If you could only work with one colour, which one would it be and why?
Maybe a pale rose. Old tones of pink embodies ladylikeness, is not too loud or arrogant.

What would you do if you win a million dollars?
First, I'll watch The Asteroids Galaxy Tour perform, visit The French Alps, build VLM's physical shop, throw the party of my dreams and... oh gosh and more things on my bucket list.

Any advice for aspiring designers out there?
Excellence in art is important so as much as you possibly can, do things with your whole heart. Believe in the things you create and put your stuff out there for the world to see.

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