Friday, October 14, 2016

Calavera

What is a Calavera?  It is a Mexican word that that describes the representation of the human skull, which is most commonly done with sugar but also with clay.  The sugar skulls are decorated with icing and other materials.  Calavera or sugar skulls are produced for Day of the Dead (Dia de Muertos) celebrations in Mexico and the Catholic All Souls' Day.  The Day of the Dead is a time when families come together and honor family members who have died.  It is held on November 1st and 2nd.

This year,  our high school's art teacher is putting together a 'Day of the Dead' Art Show at the Clausen Memorial  Museum.  I am the director of the museum and want to join in the fun.  I decided to make a fabric sugar skull for the event.  I found a free, public coloring page on Pinterest and got to work picking out colors and cutting and fusing.  The skull is Michael Miller's Fairy Frost with silver glitter on white.  I like the effect.  I have more to do with quilting and embellishment but this is a start.

31 comments:

  1. Absolutely stunning. I love your choice of background fabric to represent sugar. Perfect!

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  2. That's the most delightful skull I've ever seen, Kathi! :)

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  3. Wow, great creativeness!! Looking forward to seeing the finish.

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    1. Thank you Vicki. It just needs binding and done!

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  4. What a fun project! Beautifully done!

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  5. Wow! You have made one marvelous "start"! I am so impressed! Honestly your work is so beautiful and creative! Stunning!

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  6. Beautiful and always think this is such a colourful festival

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  7. It looks amazing, I love your choices of fabric

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  8. Love the sugar skull. I did a D of the D. quilt last year.
    BTW, thank you for the comment on my disco poodle. Best comment EVER. I needed to hear it. My husband is also a runner, I walk. We're both outside tho enjoying nature.
    So nice to meet you! LeeAnna at not afraid of color

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    1. Nice to meet you too Leanna! I love your blog.

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  9. Great project! Thanks for sharing on Midweek Makers

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  10. Visiting for the first time from Let's Bee Social. I love the look of this - sounds like it will be a great show.

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    1. Thank you for stopping by. It will be a fun show.

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  11. How have I not heard of this before? Your skull will be amazing- you are so creative!

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    1. A friend of mine has a birthday on November 1st, that's how I know about it. It's actually a fun family celebration.

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  12. Your skull is wonderful! Have fun!

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