A burst of Pastel colours is what her feed shouts, but blogger, Kisty Mea is more than that. Her passion for travelling and designing is what drives her to be successful. In this month of A Convo with You, we discover the colourful world of Kisty Mea.
Conversations of Us: Hello Kisty, first is what do you want the world to know about you?
Kisty Mea: Hello, world! My name is Kisty, and I'm a girl with messy mermaid hair from the Philippines. I'm a designer, illustrator, and lifestyle and travel blogger who likes pastel colors, minimalism, and vanilla ice cream.
A lot of people on the Internet claims that they know me, for who I am, but they have no idea what they are talking about. I am far more complex than meets the eye.
CoU: What is your ultimate goal in life?
KM: My ultimate goal is to be happy and live life with no complications.
CoU: What is your motivation in doing what you love?
KM: I am a terrible writer but knowing that I had helped somebody through my blog posts is a great motivation to continue doing what I do. Another great motivation is the sense of fulfilment; the feeling that I have made something (virtually at least).
CoU: In terms of travelling, may you please share with us the greatest memory or memories you've had?
KM: Whether it's pushing my heavy luggage up the ramp of NAIA Terminal 1 or ended up arriving in Brussels instead of Ghent at midnight, there's always an interesting story to share! I think that's the beauty of traveling.
But to me, the greatest memory is losing my passport while I was living in London. I remember how I cried outside the Philippine Embassy because a lost passport meant I couldn't go forward with my Eurotrip, and I've already booked tickets and hostels at that point.
Three weeks later, the UK police sent an email informing me that they have found my passport!!!!! #MIRACLE!
To clarify: It is highly advisable to cancel the passport immediately. However, the Embassy requires some documents (Affidavit of loss, a birth certificate from NSO) to process the cancellation. The Embassy also told me that the 'travel document' they will issue is only valid for a month, so I decided I will process the cancellation on the last week of my stay in the UK.
CoU:If you have the chance to just go anywhere right now, where would you go?
KM: My heart will always go back to London. <3
CoU: In the subject of art, what or who is your biggest inspiration for designing and illustrating?
KM: I love the illustrations of Andrea Nguyen, Airbnb's Senior Designer. I'm a sucker for textured illustrations, plus points if the topic is related to traveling!
Other people in the list are the following:
- Anna Bond of Rifle Paper Co. for turning her art into a full-fledged business.
- Mary Kate McDevitt and Lauren Hom for their hand-lettering progress. I love McDevitt's vintage-inspired style.
- Claire Nicolson for making ordinary things into pastel colors.
CoU: If your life is presented as an art piece, what is that work of art that best represents it?
KM: A Dutch Flower artwork. They are these still life art pieces that are so intensely beautiful as a whole, but individually, are subtly unique.
CoU: Random question, how do you curate your Instagram or social media feed?
KM: For social media in general, I try my best to schedule my content at least two weeks in advance. Sometimes a month if I'm able to finish faster. For Instagram, I use the Previewgrid app to help me curate before posting the actual photo on Instagram, but the app is only half of the equation. Producing and post-processing an image takes a lot of work.
CoU: If you could only choose one what would you do more, will you just illustrate or just travel?
KM: I love traveling. I don't think my longing to traveling will ever go away, but at this point in my life, I'd like to focus on pursuing my career as a designer and illustrator.
CoU: Finally, what is that one quote that you will never get tired in sharing with others?
KM: Investing in yourself isn't selfish. You don't need permission from anyone to learn something new and make things.