There are some things we do in life not for fame or money, but rather to give our lives meaning. In the case of the Cortés family, that meaning plays a tune. The family is from a small town of Santa Cruz de Arriba, part of the Texcoco municipality on the northeast edge of the … Continue reading Creating a personal link to the past… with music
The Presidente Intercontinental Hotel and Yawí Gallery are hosting its second Biennal of Huichol Art, with the inauguration of the exhibition and event starting on November 12th. According to the events press release, the objective is to recognize Wixárika (Huichol) artists, who have great difficulty in getting their work to the proper markets from their … Continue reading Huichol art at a major hotel in Polanco, Mexico City
By Marianne Carlson. Communities rally together all over the world for many reasons. A natural disaster is probably the first thing that would come to mind. However, friends and neighbors also band together for what seems, at the time, a much smaller goal. For example, the Lake Chapala community has opened its arms and embraced … Continue reading What Happens When It’s Gone?
Cecilia Gomez Diaz is a very young and modest woman, whose work in weaving has been called art. She is young (b. 1992) born in a small Tzotzil village just outside of San Andrés Larráinzar in the highlands of Chiapas. She did not learn Spanish until she was 12, when her family migrated to the … Continue reading A promising talent on the loom
As the pandemic drags on, artisans continue to suffer, making do with less, finding other ways to make some money. But there have also been efforts to find other ways to sell products. Some of the more sophisticated have been spearheaded by organizations such as the Friends of Oaxacan Folk Art (FOFA) in New York. … Continue reading Friends pitch in to help Oaxacan artisans
Mary Jane Miller is an artist in San Miguel Allende who fortunately, not only discovered the worth of handcrafts, but also that of religious iconography. She was born in Nyack, NY and began her art studies in Boston in the 1970s. She found the experience tough and asked for the school’s catalogue on international exchanges. … Continue reading Radical icons
Visiting Tekitl... and a cheap plug for my book In a teeny-tiny space on Donceles Street, near the Senate Palace in the historic center of Mexico City, is a store called Tekitl. The name comes from Nahuatl meaning “work” often the kind done for the community, and sometimes its means "craft." Tekitl is dedicated to … Continue reading Giving papier mache artisans their own proper store
I so greatly appreciate your patience with these three blog posts. It next to impossible to get a lot of work done when people are tearing apart and putting one, if not the, most important room in the house. However, the plumber and tile guys are done.... This does not mean the bathroom is completly … Continue reading The bathroom round-up… for now….
The difference between good work and not-so-good work is in the details. Last week, I posted the first pictures of the bathroom that I am finally having redone in my apartment. So far, Im pretty happy with maestro Camilo's work. I've had to intervene on a few occasions to clarify and and make sure some … Continue reading Making progress in the bathroom
So I have lived in my tiny Mexico City apartment now for 12 years.... and for 12 years I have wanted to redo the bathroom. Isn't that board keeping my sink up just oh-so fashionable? So I am finally taking the plunge. What took so long? To be honest, bad previous experiences with carpinters, tile … Continue reading The great bathroom re-do