Our Story


Pagitan
(in-between) is inspired by me and my partner's fascination with history and unusual appreciation of macabre art and how we incorporate these things into our craft today.

As the term used in the poem, pagitan is also referred as a metaphor to describe how we should value the present and stop solely focusing on the past and future.

Pagitan was just a vision to explore my creativity pre-pandemic. But was supposedly a resin craft store but then there just wasn't a spark. Then pandemic came and after a year of thinking about building a small business, it popped into my head again as an indecisive plan make money during the pandemic.
From being a vision and a plan, it my now my home and my comfort zone.


The Artist

Hallo! I'm Mayel! I'm the artist, owner, and the person in front and behind the camera in Pagitan 

Even when I was young, I know that I have this creativity in me. But I suck at drawing (even today lol) So, for years, I've been trying different medium to create art. I've tried drawing with ink, pen, charcoal, then painting with watercolor and gouache, then I also tried calligraphy, and a lot more. Even though I sucked at those things, one thing's I know (or at least think) I'm good at–handicrafts. I've done a few DIY stuff for my room decor, then handmade crafts as gifts, and others.

Then last March 2020, I saw a clay shop and thought maybe I could do that. So I did my research and decided to work with polymer clay and bought a few tools. Oh I haven't mentioned this yet but I'm also a poet and I usually write poems with a lot of metaphors in it. And that's where my pieces were inspired–like a metaphor molded into a wearable are inspired by how I see and interpret the world.

So basically, I'm a one-woman team but my boyfriend is also helping me with some suggestions with the design, theme, etc. So grateful for his support too!! (esp during those mental breakdowns lol)

Here I am now still exploring my creativity and currently getting into sewing and reworking thrift clothes, that's why I also started listing bags and corset tops. Aside from that, I also roller skate and do creative/sfx make too!

As of now, I also work as a VA for a client from 5am-1pm then work on shop stuff the rest of the day. I've very grateful that I still get to pursue my craft and have a job. 

I'd love to teach other people about clay and other stuff that I know. If you're interested in the stuff that I just mentioned that I do, you can ask me questions!! 

Thanks for reading, may your day be as lovely as you  ♥