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.