Meet Aira Corpuz, a young talented artist from Santa Rosa, Laguna. I came across her work in a Filipino creatives’ Facebook group, where she posted about her work. I, like many other people in that group, was instantly drawn in. Aira shared pictures of her sculptures — a tiny Pinoy street food set of isaw, betamax, hotdog, quek-quek, and kikiam on sticks, all laid out on banana leaves; the cutest miniature packs of pancit canton; cat heads; and a sculpture of the viral puppy Paningning in her signature position.
The comments section was flooded with praises for the artist, and inquiries about her work. I, too, was so fascinated with her creations that I knew I had to reach out to her. There, I learned more about her work, and how her project, called Whatknots PH, started.
Aira shared that, growing up, she has always had the “I can DIY that” mindset and that she’s always been curious as to how things are made. She credits this curiosity and growing up with a creative mind to hit 90s art show, Art Attack. “I was greatly influenced by Neil Buchanan of Art Attack, whom I watched growing up,” she shared. “He inspired me to use my imagination by using basic materials and turning them into works of art.” Aira said that she likes to create with different mediums—recycled materials, paint, fiber, clay, resin, wood, and any material that she finds interesting.
It was back in 2013 that she started posting her art works online after being encouraged to do so by her younger sister. And from there, her passion for art and creating slowly grew into a business.
Aira shares that the Whatknots PH shop is mainly a one woman team, but that her family and boyfriend are always quick to lend their hands every time orders start to pile up. All of Whatknots’ products are carefully made by Aira herself, so for custom-made pieces, you’ll have to wait a bit to get your hands on them. “Most of our products take at least 2 -3 weeks to produce since they are all made by hand,” says Aira. But as you can see from the pictures, the intricate work and creativity that goes into each and every piece make the wait worth it.
Right now, Aira specializes in custom made sculptures, fiber art, and accessories. Currently, her most popular product is the custom-made pet figurines — little sculptures designed to look like your very own pet. As an animal lover herself, Aira has also partnered with different pet sanctuaries such as SaveALL and Pawssion Project. Part of her proceeds from Whatknots PH goes to rescued animals with these sanctuaries.
Take a look at some of the products she offers here:
Custom pet face magnet, pin, or keychain (Price starts at P650)
Custom pet sculpture (Starts at P1,000)
Custom framed portraits (Starts at P2,500)
Custom figurines (Starts at P200)
Custom portraits (Starts at P400)
Accessories — earrings, bracelets, necklaces (Starts at P200)
Whatknots PH ships nationwide and worldwide, with same-day delivery available for residents in Metro Manila and surrounding provinces (for non-custom made orders). Right now Whatknots PH only exists online, but Aira mentioned that she hopes to open a physical shop soon. For now, you can find Whatknots PH through a number of platforms including Facebook, Instagram, Shopee, and Etsy for international orders. Find all the links to her store below.
What do you think of Aira’s amazing art pieces? Tell us what you think in the comments!