I went to a post Day of the Dead event in Claremont California this weekend, and met the owner of a little boutique situated in Claremont's Old Town area. The Little Dress Shop is owned by a dear friend of my Aunt's...a woman named Marsha Valencia. In conversation, I learned that she has an object I created a few years back on the altar inside of her store. As a Christmas gift for my Aunt one year, I had dipped a Corona beer bottle into latex paint and, once dry, I carved out an image of La Virgen De Guadalupe with a sharp needle. My Aunt eventually passed this bottle on to her friend Marsha (fabulous!), and now it lives on top of her altar...surrounded by objects of beauty and spiritual significance. If you're in the area, you should stop in this cute little boutique and treat yourself to something unique...!
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
I'm such a fan of cross stitching and other needle work. Check out this blog...I wish I had the energy to turn out a whole phrase in cross stitch...Bravo!
chez sucre chez: looking back, looking forward: "remember these? i've been thinking of them often lately. i think it may be time to start stitching up letters again to make up some mor..."
Monday, November 1, 2010
Happy B-lated Halloween!! I made it my mission this Halloween to re create Lady Gaga's meat dress that she wore to the MTV Video Music Awards...vegetarian style, of course! It turned out to be more difficult than I imagined it would be...but I managed to turn it out 4 nights before the Halloween party at my work...Woohoo! I didn't win a prize, but I had a great time showing it off Sunday at the West Hollywood Halloween Parade...
Monday, October 25, 2010
Here's an example of a simple handmade papel picado banner I made to decorate my kitchen in honor of Dia De Los Muertos.
|The first panel was folded in half and cut with scissors (like a paper snowflake)|
|Cutting out the black panel...First with the exacto for the skull and then scissors to create the flowers, diamonds and hearts.|
Since I was a young girl, I've had a fascination with the art of paper cutting. I've spent countless hours folding up different types of papers and snipping away with the sharpest scissors I could get my hands on (and ruining many expensive scissors in the process...Sorry Mom!!!). When I discovered Papel Picado (The Mexican Folk Art of punching/perforating paper) I knew my world would never be the same! I was mesmorized by the sight of the most intricate designs cut from delicate and colorful tissue paper...hanging in rows and flapping in the wind... The sight still takes my breath away! This powerful curiosity and reverence of papel picado has inspired my experimentation, over the past few years to create my own. Armed with scissors, an exacto knife, store bought gift tissue paper, and a cutting mat, I've created banners for Dia De Los Muertos altars and single panels as wedding gifts for friends of friends. Most recently I created a single panel as a birthday gift for my friend Nicholle. I've photo-documented a few steps of the process...in case anyone feels inspired to do the same!
|First I started with a rectangular panel of tissue paper. I cut a simple scalloped edge around the outside w/scissors.|
|I started cutting out Nicholle's name (with and a super sharp exacto-knife) and then a design developed above and below her name.|
|I held my breath with every cut....If I had made a mistake I would have had to start all over...Yikes!|
|The finished piece, framed with colored paper behind to add contrast.|
Sunday, October 3, 2010
Tuesday, September 28, 2010