Hello! I'm Frances Alvarez from Manila, Philippines.

I enjoy telling stories through illustration, children's books, and graphic design. 
Get in touch via hello@francesalvarez.com
Due to ongoing projects, please note that I am not available to start any new ones until July 2017.
I would still love to talk about new ideas, so I am open to scheduling new commitments for the rest of the year.  
Please feel free to send a message for proposals and further inquiries.


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I currently work full-time with Studio Dialogo, specializing in corporate identity design, environmental graphic design, and illustration. Other groups I am part of are Ang Ilustrador ng Kabataan, an organization of Filipino artists dedicated to the creation, promotion, and appreciation of illustration for children, and a local craft group Speculiars. I have also previously volunteered at Got Heart Foundation for a few years.
In 2015 (July-Dec), I was part of an internship at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in Ithaca, New York, under the Bartels Scientific Illustration Internship Program. My projects were focused on conservation education materials for children featuring the critically endangered Philippine Eagle.
My work has appeared in various forms such as books, editorial illustrations, merchandise, apparel, packaging, identity and brand materials, and environmental graphics. Previous groups and clients I have worked with include Adarna House, Anvil Publishing, World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Masungi Georeserve, The Philippine Star, ELLE Decor Philippines, Summit Media, and Bench. I have also participated in exhibitions in Manila and abroad.
I work with both traditional and digital media. I think the combination of handmade techniques and design training makes for work that's functional and carefully thought-out, with attention to detail and craftsmanship. I also enjoy working with people from different fields and expertise; I like learning from others alongside contributing my own work to a project.
My personal inspirations include nature and scientific discoveries, local culture and travel, and encounters with strangers. 

Full CV available upon request.

EDUCATION
2010, BFA Information Design, Ateneo de Manila University

BOOKS
Good Night Philippines, Good Night World
written by Mila Bongco-Philipzig
published by Anvil
2016

The INKredible Coloring Book for Big and Small People # 1 and 2
published by Anvil Publishing
2015
Hue Can Do It!
The No Pressure, No Judgement coloring book

published by Summit Books
2015
Hue Can Do It, Too!
The No Pressure, No Judgement coloring book

published by Summit Books
2015
Ang Kanta ng Kiping
written by Ferdinand Chia Pangan
published by Child Fund Philippines
2015
Can We Live Without Trees?
text by May Tobias-Papa
published by Adarna House
2014
1,001 Awesome Stickers 
published by Berry Books under Summit Media
Dec 2013, June 2015

Hating Kapatid
written by Raissa Rivera Falgui
published by Adarna House
2013

Daloy ng Pag-asa
WWF-BDO children's storybook, 2013

Pangangasiwa sa Ating mga Basura
WWF-BDO children's workbook, 2013

100 Questions Filipino Kids Ask, vol. 2
published by Adarna House, 2012

Hayop, Halaman, Karagatan, Atbp. (Animals, Plants, the Seas, Etc.)
WWF-BDO children's workbook, 2012


PRESS & INTERVIEWS
YStyle on The Philippine Star: Like honey to the bee
Real Living: 25 Creatives to Watch, with Speculiars
Candy Mag Creative Space
Bookwatch Vol 20, no. 16, The Illustrated Word
Take Five

RECOGNITION
2011, Loyola Schools Awards for the Arts, for Graphic Design
2014, Best Reads for Kids award, 3rd National Children’s Book Awards, for Hating Kapatid

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2017
Pang Hui Ba Huo • POST, Cubao X, Quezon City
2016
Tinker Tales • Ang Ilustrador ng Kabataan's 25th Anniversary Exhibit, Ayala Museum, Makati City
Studio Dialogo's 10th Anniversary Exhibit • Prism Gallery, Makati City
Never Odd or Even • Light Grey Art Lab, Minneapolis, Minnesota
2015
GUTS • Light Grey Art Lab, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Alterno • Reimagined Adarna House classic covers, Shangri-La Mall, Mandaluyong City

2014
Filipino Myths and Legends • CANVAS Looking for Juan Outdoor Banner Project, Vargas Museum, University of the Philippines, QC
Tale Spun • Ang Ilustrador ng Kabataan's 23rd Annual Exhibit, CANVAS Gallery and Gardens, QC
2013
6 Degrees • Light Grey Art Lab, Minneapolis, Minnesota
SMART • curated by Amy Ng, Light Grey Art Lab, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Fornever Friends • Ang Ilustrador ng Kabataan's 22nd Annual Exhibit, The Chocolate Kiss Café, QC
2012
Mabubulaklak na Dila • Ang Ilustrador ng Kabataan's 21st Annual Exhibit
CANVAS Gallery and Gardens, QC and Corredor Gallery, University of the Philippines, QC

Kalayaan • CANVAS Looking for Juan Outdoor Banner Project, Vargas Museum, University of the Philippines, QC
Pulp Fiction • Art Informal, San Juan
2011
Ang INK 20 Taon • Ang Ilustrador ng Kabataan's 20th Anniversary Exhibit, Ayala Museum, Makati City
Where Reading Takes You • Filipinas Heritage Library, Makati City
 
ELSEWHERE
blog: nobeesnohoney.wordpress.com
email: hello @ francesalvarez.com

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Speculiars


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