Over the past few weeks, I’ve been experimenting with GML (Graffiti Markup Language) to analyze my Baybayin handwriting. If your familiar with XML, GML isn’t very different. In terms of use, check out this video to see what people are doing with it.

GML = Graffiti Markup Language from Evan Roth on Vimeo.

Besides stroke analysis, GML can be used as art. It was only natural that I combine the my interests in technology, art and Baybayin. Below is a piece I did on a 24″x24″ wood panel.

How it was made:
1. Capture my writing with the DustTag iPhone app
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2. Export the tag to
3. Download the GML code
4. Load the GML code in GraffitiAnalysis desktop program
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5. Adjust the many parameters, rotate and zoom to my liking then export the image
6. Invert the image in a graphics program
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7. Blow the image up and stitch it to print on multiple pages
8. Cut out the graphic
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9. Stain the wood
10. Wheat paste the graphic
11. Add the GML tags

Baybayin GML

Although I like the rough lines it outputs, I do hope a future release will export SVG files. Look out for my video on the 17 characters. Interested in GML? Check out all the links above and join the Facebook page.

The script is Balisong written in modified Baybayin. Characters from left to right are Ba-Li-So-Ng. What is Balisong?

From Wikipedia

A balisong, otherwise known as a butterfly knife or a Batangas knife or sometimes called Bente Nueve, is a folding pocket knife with two handles counter-rotating around the tang such that, when closed, the blade is concealed within grooves in the handles. In the hands of a trained user, the knife blade can be brought to bear quickly using one hand. Manipulations, called flipping, are performed for art or amusement.

EVENT: 1AM SF – Tabi Tabi Po

tabi tabi po

“Tabi Tabi Po” is an art show dedicated to celebrating Filipino folklore through urban contemporary art. The Kapre, Manananggal, Dwende, Tikbalang, and Aswang are just a sampling of these haunting creatures that will be brought to life in this exhibit. A percentage of the art sales will be donated to the victims of typhoon Ondoy and Pepeng through BAYAN Philippines and BALSA (Bayanihan para sa Sambayanan).

Opening Reception: November, Friday the 13th from 7-10:30pm. The gallery will run for 1 month. Check it out at 6th & Howard, downtown SF.

I collaborated with Ray Haguisan of Malaya Designs burning a bahay kubo.

The artists include:

Angry Woebots, Stuter, gaNyan, Marikina, Gem Mateo, CeCe Carpio, Pancho Abalos, Mark Canto, Miguel (Bounce) Perez, Darvin (Boohi) Vida , England Hidalgo, Jerrell Conner, Nic Cowan, Andre Sibayan, Ciriaco Sayoc II, J2, Marc Aure, Peabe, Marlon Sagana Ingram, Minette Mangahas, Dyno, Christopher de Leon, Cat Chiu Phillips, Isabel (Pepper), Roxas, John Yoyogi Fortes, Allison Torneros, Mel Vera Cruz, Simbulan, Ray Haguisan

Manuel Ocampo, Analog, Boy Agimat, Dex Fernandez, Bru, Nelz Yumul, Katwo Puertollano, Jigger Cruz, Sam Ramos, Okto, Abi Dayacap, Melancholy, Liza Flores, Luis Lorenzana, Jon Jaylo, Mica Cabildo, Bjorn Calleja

Norway: Jet Pascua

Malaya Designs

My partner in crime from Malaya Designs just relaunched his website.  When I just heard of the script, he was already doing his thing.

We have a booth at the 5th Annual Asian Heritage Street Celebration right in front of the Asian Art Museumn
Larkin Street near McAllister. Take Bart and get off at Civic Center

Saturday, May 16, 2009
11:00am – 6:00pm
Asian Art Museum
200 Larkin st
San Francisco, CA

Check out the Faceboook Event page

Malaya (ma-la-ya) adj; 1 free 2 not in someone else’s power 3 not controlled or enslaved by another 4 free from the influence of others 5 free to speak one’s mind 6 a free people.

About Malaya Designs: The First and Original
A Baybayin practitioner since 1994, Malaya Designs was established in 1997 in the San Francisco Bay Area, to celebrate the richness of our heritage. The first and original company anywhere to offer; custom, handmade wearable art made of wood or bamboo. Through our art we aspire to promote, propagate, and educate in the discovery of a rich culture that is Filipino.