Shine by Cat Chiu Phillips was inspired by her fondest childhood memories growing up in Manila when the city is lit with traditional parols (ornamental star-shaping lanterns traditionally made out of bamboo and Japanese paper) marking the holiday season. Shine consists of several large-scale star shaped lanterns woven from discarded plastic grocery bags crocheted to create patterns inspired by the local environment that incorporate different types of light sources. This is a great example of upcycling art that is part of the festival.

Cat Chiu Phillips


Cat Chiu Phillips creates installation work in public spaces using traditional craft methods though made from discarded materials.  Her public art commissions including the San Diego International Airport, Nashville International Airport, Riverside Art Museum, Westfield Horton Plaza San Diego, Las Vegas City Hall, City of Vista, Solana Beach, Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, Veterans Museum in Balboa Park, Cabrillo National Park and Atlanta, Georgia.  Phillips received her Masters of Fine Arts from the San Francisco Art Institute. She lives and works in San Diego with her family and sweet cats.

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