There's just something about the VW Beetle that says "get creative with me!" It is one of few car models that looks good with innovative paint jobs, both in terms of color and design. While the concept of an "art car" has produced some... well... interesting decoration schemes, let's be frank, most are just ugly … Continue reading Vochol, Herbie the Love Bug’s Mexican cousin
It is interesting to note that a number of women have been in the forefront of the rise and transformation of Oaxacan handcrafts, pottery in particular. The work of these women has been instrumental in keeping pottery-making a traditional source of income, ironically by transforming what is made. Santa Maria Atzompa is well-known for its … Continue reading A woman on the forefront of Oaxaca’s handcraft innovation
San Miguel de Allende was once described to me as the “Disneyland” version of Mexico… In the center of the city, everything seems almost perfect, clean, orderly all colonial or colonial style buildings in great condition… not to mention the large castle-like facade of the main parish church. Gringos are everywhere here, and their … Continue reading The maker of giant, bouncy puppets
One thing that foreigners living in Mexico soon learn is that fireworks are a very important part of the culture, which may start or stop at just about anytime of the day or night. This is because their use is not limited to certain patriotic holidays, but are used in just about all community celebrations, especially patron … Continue reading Mexico’s exploding handcraft and the celebration of it in Tultepec
Despite the fact that by far, most of Mexico's handcraft and folk art industry is supported by foreign tourism and collectors, the country does not really do enough to promote the communities that produce artesanía nor events related to them as tourist attractions in their own right. Too often, museums, galleries and government entities promote … Continue reading An education on Michoacan handcrafts in a single (Palm) Sunday
Mexico is definitely not the first country to think of when it comes to participants in events such as the International Competition of Champions in Ice Sculpture in Breckenridge, Colorado or the International Competition of Ice Sculpture in Asahikawa, Japan, but Abel Ramirez Aguilar has spent his life exploring new mediums and environments. Ramirez is … Continue reading Mexico’s first professional snow/ice sculptor
The work of an original can be somewhat hard to find in Mexican folk art, with many communities' emphasis on tradition. But sometimes, an artisan's creativity breaks these bounds such that it cannot be ignored. I must painfully admit that I have not always pushed myself to make those interpersonal connections that are so, so … Continue reading A second chance to get to know an original.
The change from rural to urban living can cause a kind of identity crises in families. However, some find creative ways to tap into the old to adapt to the new. Alejandro Camacho Barrera comes from a long line of people who worked the land in the south of the Valley of Mexico, in Xochimilco. … Continue reading Changing Xochimilco, changing occupations