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Topic: Viva Mexico!!! aka the Mexican kitsch swap {closed}  (Read 28578 times)
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« Reply #10 on: May 20, 2009 05:37:51 AM »

Okay I could resist!  Grin
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« Reply #11 on: May 20, 2009 06:15:02 AM »

I totally just squeeled out loud when I saw this swap.  I am SO in.
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« Reply #12 on: May 20, 2009 07:17:04 AM »


Check this out:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=271639.0

I've been lusting after something like this for a long time.   Grin  I would use a corn tortilla and maybe a stencil for the image, to make it a bit more subtle.  Because I'm all about subtle Roll Eyes (and I'm not sarcastic at all either  Roll Eyes Roll Eyes)

Anyway I just sent in my info!  This could put me at my swap max if I also get into the Little Visitor swap, but two of the three that I'm already in are getting mailed out in a couple of days. 

I love Mexican folk art of all kinds!  Although I've never been, people I know who have travelled to and lived in Mexico and Spain tell me I really belong there. Cheesy 
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« Reply #13 on: May 20, 2009 08:11:32 AM »

oh I really want to join this one...I adore dia de los muertos...thing is, its unknown on this side of the world, there are literally no supplies that I can buy..

hmm...will have to think more about it...


I really don't have a ton of specifically "Mexican" craft stuff around me either, so I will be using things like poly clay, shrinkies, handmade stencils, etc.. ( though not necessarily, have to wait for a partner!  Smiley  )   

I saw the awesome shine you made for the women's body challenge, you could even make something like that with a Mexican-y / dia de los muertos theme.


Join up, you know this is going to be a fun swap.....     Grin
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« Reply #14 on: May 20, 2009 08:20:34 AM »

oh man, my colombian dh and my (NORTHERN) mexican friend are gonna be so mad at me that i join this cursi (tacky) and manualidades de los pobres del sur (poor southern Mx people's crafts) swap.  although my dh says that mexican folk art is "baroque" ... but he still thinks it's too kitsch.

but i think i'm gonna be a rebellious gringa and go for it. 

ETA:
i have suddenly blanked-out on what they call those pictures with a text on them... are they called retablos?  the ones that are like a story about something that the person is asking help with or thanking God/saints for some miracle...

except i think i have also seen nichos shrines called retablos (?)... maybe regional variation of terminology?

anyway i like both those.  nichos and retablos.  or whatever they might also be called.
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« Reply #15 on: May 20, 2009 09:15:01 AM »

So I dug out a craft book I bought last year when I was doing day of the dead crafts with my scout troop (That was a blast!)

Day of the Dead Crafts by Kerry Arquette, Andrea Zocchi and Jerry Virgil. 

Its also where I go the idea for my Nephew's Spanish Class Final Project. (which he got an A)

He had to make a house to furnish and translate into Spanish.  He wanted to use a shoe box (tee hee)  I couldn't resist talking him into this:



Okay so I helped a little. Wink


I can"t wait for this swap to start!  I use to go to Mexico when I was a kid and I fell in love with the Folk art, the celebrations and especially Dia De Los Muertos!

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« Reply #16 on: May 20, 2009 09:19:10 AM »

I totally just ordered that book and a dia de los muertos coloring book off Amazon!  Cheesy
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« Reply #17 on: May 20, 2009 10:10:46 AM »

running off to amazon to check out that book....
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« Reply #18 on: May 20, 2009 12:20:17 PM »

So I dug out a craft book I bought last year when I was doing day of the dead crafts with my scout troop (That was a blast!)

Day of the Dead Crafts by Kerry Arquette, Andrea Zocchi and Jerry Virgil. 

i like the shrine/house a lot!  and the book is tempting

this little one, if you can get it cheap (which it looks like you can) http://www.amazon.com/Day-Dead-Tony-Johnston/dp/0152024468/ref=pd_sim_b_2
is also nice for color/feeling/inspiration.

i remembered what i always wanted for Da de los Muertos, you know those little figures of skeletons in the different professions (to show that no matter who and what you are, we all die eventually)? i always wanted a spanish-teacher calavera.  that would be cool and i should probably even try to make one myself with polymer clay (or air-dry clay, which might be more authentic).  i bet they are harder than they look to make it come out right, though.

i always get the reaction that many of the students are creeped out by DdlM until i explain to them the reasons behind it... in the midst of life we are in death, high infant mortality rates (hence the separate day on Nov2nd for the children), live now because tomorrow you may die, death as an almost "accepted" part of life, etc... sometimes they can understand that in some ways other cultures try to hide (by not thinking about it) an undeniable part of human existence. 

so, the more i think about it... it would be cool to have some more items to show them about DdlM, whether received, made myself, or bought from some of those amazing online stores. 

oh, by the way, another good store for ideas and supplies is
http://www.silvercrowcreations.com/accessoriesframes.asp?main=DayOfTheDeadCharacters.htm
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« Reply #19 on: May 20, 2009 12:43:43 PM »

Ok I cant resist! I bought the book...and will sign up..just need to get my questionaire in

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