Studio Tour: Abbey Sy of ABC

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I’m thankful that we can transform spaces to create what we need from them. As people grow and change, spaces can adapt. Author, illustrator and hand-lettering artist, Abbey Sy (ABC), has lived in her home since she was born. In the last year, she has converted the attic space in her family’s home in the Philippines to be a functioning, inspired and productive studio.” After I pursued freelance full-time, I began to slowly arrange the elements in my room to make it more conducive for work,” Abbey says. “It took me roughly three to four months to completely refurnish and redecorate this area of the attic.” Re-imagining her secluded attic in Quezon City has allowed her to jump into her freelance business, painting and writing without having to leave home.

Abbey’s beautiful, hand-lettered paintings are done in front of a sunny window. “I wanted to create a homey yet professional space that I can work with. The environment I work in affects my productivity behavior a lot, so I’m glad that I was able to turn it into a place I can effectively work in,” Abbey says. “The window here is pretty big, and I love how all the daylight seeps in when I work during the day.” Abbey’s incredible letters and paintings are the result of cultivating her creativity from the place where her heart is — home. – Lauren

Photography by Ber Garcia

Polaroid prints from Memorieslab
“A” pillow from Popjunklove
The ABCs of Hand Lettering from National Book Store (available at Amazon)
Sketch pad (Daler & Rowney) from Art Friend
Travel watercolor set (Daler & Rowney) from Fully Booked
Watercolor set (Schmincke) from Sennelier
The Great Discontent from Basheer Graphic Books
White work table from IKEA


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