I have been spending time in Mexico, learning Spanish, and about the Mexican Culture. I made these videos about the experience.
Xilografia at Taller La Chicharra
While in Oaxaca, MX I took a printmaking workshop from Alan Altamirano at the Taller de Chicharra. The inspiration for my print came from the street ‘fiestas’ in the streets of Oaxaca.
Road trip to Huajuapan de Leon
I had a great time on my road trip over the weekend. Thanks Mimizita for introducing me to you family and village.
yo encante durante mi viaje de la fin de semana. Gracias a Mimizita por me presento a tu familia y pueblo.
Morning Run-Oaxaca, Mexico
My morning run is so pretty…not sure if it comes through in the video, but I was experimenting with a video app called, hyperlapse, to make it less shaky. hope you all have a great day.
Dia del Taxista – Oaxaca, MX
One thing I love about Mexico, it seems like there’s a celebration for everyone! Today, during my morning run, I ran into this:
Stencil Workshop at the Taller la Chicharra
I just took a week long stencil class with Oaxaca artist, Marcos Lucero. Marcos combines a variety of techniques and mexican motifs into his fantastic artworks. He is part of the Taller de Chicharra, a printmaking studio in Oaxacas centro district. In the class, I learned to to design an image, using ‘bridges’ and ‘islands’. We drew our designs on acetate with markers, and made projectors to enlarge our image, using cardboard and the light from our cell phone. after cutting our stencils(lots of cutting) we applied them with spray paint. Stencils are useful because they use simple materials, and let you quickly repeat a design on a variety of surfaces. Stencils are popular with street artists. I made 2 stencils…the first was a celebration of the rainy season in Mexico. I was able to get a variety of different effects using the same stencil.
The second stencil was a grasshopper, or chaupalin, as they say in Mexico. This stencil uses two templates…one for the color of the silhouette, the other for the details.
not only did i learn a lot from the workshop, but I also got to meet other artists, watch them create new work, and practice my Spanish. Muchas gracias a Marcos y el taller chicharra for the lesson.
Here in Oaxaca, I am surrounded by some of the freshest and delicious foods i have ever experienced. Today i am going to try to make an agua Fresca. It’s basically a tea made with hibiscus flowers, and I’m going to add a little bit of panela, an unrefined cane sugar. After it cools, i’ll pour a glass and drink it kind of like a decaffinated iced tea. So cheers! Here’s to trying new things: my first agua fresca!
Santiago Martinez art studio, Oaxaca, Mexico
Oaxaca Artist, Santiago Martínez introduces in studio in centro, Oaxaca. We made this video together, using only an iPhone. It amazes me how much you can do with these little phones nowadays.
Clay Exhibit at Casa de Cultura Oaxaqueña
A cool art exhibit in my Oaxaca neighborhood. Children from the Casa de Cultura Oaxaqueña made clay figures to represent the Oaxaca’s different Cathedrals.
Preparing/Priming canvas with Santiago Martinez
I am very lucky to get a chance to work with Santiago Martinez, an amazing painter from Oaxaca. He helped me stretch and prime canvases, ‘the mexican way’! Muchas Gracias a Santiago for your help!
bailar del ninos
neighborhood children doing traditional dances in Oaxaca.
Oaxaca – Day 1
Well, I’m here in Oaxaca! I didn’t get much done, but I did get a chance to make this little video. I hope you enjoy!
I’m off!-Leaving for Oaxaca, Mexico
After a very busy spring, I’m heading to Oaxaca, Mexico to practice my spanish, and make art. I’m staying for 3 months. I haven’t been away from home for that long, and I’m a little bit nervous, and will miss everyone back home, but I’ll stay in touch!
Fiesta-San Sebastian Tutla
Layover In Mexico City