About aatei

aatei (ah-tay)

aatei (ah-tay) is a poetic spelling of the Filipino word "ate" meaning elder sister and is our term of endearment as well as respect towards the people who have meaningfully touched your life.

"Art created for aatei celebrates these ‘elder sisters’ who have helped, guided and inspired us. I hope these pieces bring to you the same beauty and joy that the treasured people in your life bring you."

- Chen, creator of aatei
For any collaborations or other enquiries email: aatei@chensands.com


Origin story: aatei was created as a response to the flood of support and love the artist received from the females in her life after being diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma. Now 5 years in remission, she still finds herself unable to fully express in words the deep feelings of love and thankfulness she has for these women. A year of recovery and taking things slower, allowed for new creative possibilities to flow and a release of these emotions onto paper through the process of mark-making and abstract work. With aatei, she continues her journey in mark-making, creating new work that will enable everyone to show love and thanks to the ‘aatei’ in their lives.

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