Creative Hands of Mexico

  • Reinterpreting the past for modern homes

    November 13, 2019 by

    In the 4+ years of this blog, there are a few major topics that have not yet been covered. One of these is Mata Ortiz pottery. The main reason is that I live in Mexico City, though I admit that is only a partial excuse as I lived 11 years in Arizona previously. Mata Ortiz… Read more

  • Skulls in honor of Francisco Toledo

    November 7, 2019 by

    On October 29, the Angel Gil Hermida Folk Art Museum in Villahermosa, Tabasco held an unusual and very appropriate memorial for an icon of Mexico’s art world, Francisco Toledo. Although classified as part of the Ruptura (Breakaway) generation, which rebelled against Mexican muralism, Toledo himself would breakaway from them to found the Oaxaca School of… Read more

  • From Persia to the State of Mexico to Chiapas

    November 5, 2019 by

    The Feria Nacional de la Cultura Rural was recommended to me as worth visiting for handcrafts. The demise of my favorite Mexico City event, the Feria de los Pueblos Indígenas, meant the loss of a very important source of contact with artisans outside of my immediate region. Admittedly, I waited until the last day to… Read more

  • Tradition and innovation at the Alebrije parade

    October 29, 2019 by

    For the 13th year in a row, monsters have taken over the streets of the historic center of Mexico City. The Monumental Alebrijes Parade has become the kick-off to the capital’s Day of the Dead celebrations, one of its most important tourist seasons, drawing over 450,000 visitors for a nearly two-week time period. The parade… Read more

  • Saving Mazahua traditional jewelry

    October 22, 2019 by

    One of the most important Mazahua communities is the municipality of San Felipe del Progreso, a forgotten corner of the State of Mexico about 2 hours northwest of Mexico City. This community has had a difficult time of it in the past century, despite its proximity to the country’s capital and the industry of the… Read more

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