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HANDMADE & PERSONALISED OLISI WEAPONRY

EXPLORING FMA THROUGH ART

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ABOUT LOUELLA

I was born in Quezon City Philippines and raised in Melbourne Australia where I currently reside. I began my journey into the art of Kali in July 2016 after visiting my friends martial arts store and seeing filipino weaponry displayed along the walls. This was the first time I had heard of FMA and was surprised to find out we had a martial art so decided to pursue training and explore. I had just completed a Bachelor of Arts majoring in both Indigenous Cultures and Art History and it dawned on me that Kali was possibly one of the greatest arts to come out of the Philippines. I was inspired to create new olisi designs after training with the few traditional options available (scorpion, tiger paw, twirl) and through my art wanted to weave a story about the culture and history behind FMA as well as promote the art to the world. The works reimagine traditional symbolism from across the archipelago into contemporary designs and ideas. Each olisi is individually handcrafted by burning oak wood (Australian) or rattan vine (Philippines). 

 

I was a member of John Wong's Monash University Kalis Ilustrisimo Club (3yrs),  a student of Andrea Wheatley's Cacoy Doce Pares Melbourne (1mth), UMA's Philippine Combatives (1yr), and an online student of Jared Wihongi's Pekiti University (1yr). I am an online student of Ray Floro's Kalis Ilustrisimo (1wk/current), an online student of Bobby Taboada's Balintawak Cuentada (1mth/current). I am also an active member (2mths) of Arlene Steven's Hagunos sang Sundang 'Swift of the Blade': FMA Women International Social Group.

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