October 2021 Monthly Muse - Week1 - Mexican Folk Art and Folklore

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  1. ArmyGrl

    ArmyGrl Merlot, Cab, Chard, Reisling - all 4 food groups!

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    Welcome to the October Monthly Muse!


    Don’t worry – the entire month is not Halloween themed. Nope.

    The month of October is brought to you by
    Folk Art and Folklore.

    What got me thinking about Folk Art and Folklore as an October topic is the Dia de los Muertos celebration in San Antonio, Texas. All the sugar skulls and Catrina dolls that pop up throughout the city got me thinking about Mexican folklore and folk art. What’s the story behind Catrina? And when I see skulls, I can’t help but think of Halloween and Jack Skellington. Welcome to my brain!


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    Week one: Mexican Folk Art and Folk Lore

    Folk Art: a visual expression of a community’s cultural identity through the artistry and craftsmanship of local made items that tend to have some practical, utilitarian, or ceremonial purpose (as opposed to being purely decorative or “fine art”).

    Folklore: leaning towards oral traditions of a community or culture including tall tales and proverbs.

    Idea Sparks:

    • Decorate your own skull in the Dia de los Muertos sugar skull style
    • Fashion a doll after Catrina
    • Use the vibrant colors of Huichol yarn art in your layout
    • Like the Huichol, include symbols that have special meaning to you in your art—or—
    • Use Huichol symbols like the sun, deer, maize, peyote, eagle, and snake in your work
    • Inspired by Curiot’s First Symptom and Rebirth, use botanical elements to develop your own mythical creature

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    Huichol Yarn Art

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    Curiot - Street Artist
    First Symptom

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    Rebirth
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    To see more of Curiot's artwork visit here.

    Challenge Requirements:

    1. For the Monthly Muse, create any style layout (ie. clean and simple, artsy, pocket style etc.), with or without a photo. Create any size page you wish. The Art Muse is for everyone; have FUN!

    2. You can use any products in The Lily Pad store or retired products from current Lily Pad designers, (just make sure you follow our gallery guidelines).

    3. Please post your layout to the Art Journaling Gallery HERE by Midnight EST, 02 November 2021; and post your layout in this thread by copying the "Share BB Code" to the right of your gallery image.

    Each post, regardless of the week posted in the month of October earns you one chance to win a $5 coupon to the TLP store. Thus,


    1 Muse = 1 chance to win
    2 Muses = 2 chances to win
    3 Muses = 3 chances to win
    4 Muses = 4 chances to win

    As always, this week’s muse is up for interpretation. I hope you find the bold, fun colors of Mexican Folk Art as inspirational as I do!


    Visiting with Catrina and the ancient Aztecs - folk art blended with folklore

    Today, La Catrina is the “face” of Dia de los Muertos – a Mexican holiday that combines the Aztec celebration of leaving temporary altars or “ofrendas” to help the recently deceased in their journey beyond death. The original Catrina was Mictēcacihuātl – the queen of the Aztec underworld and guide to the recently passed. Today’s ofrenda tradition is blended with the Catholic traditions of All Saints Day.

    The popular Catrina dolls, however, began as political satire. La Calavera Catrina was first illustrated in 1910 by Jose Guadalupe Posada. A ‘catrin’ was a well dressed woman or man, who favored French or European styles and customs over traditional Mexican styles and culture. Posada’s point was that no matter what we wear, we all end as bones.


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  2. ArmyGrl

    ArmyGrl Merlot, Cab, Chard, Reisling - all 4 food groups!

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    Oh, I do hope time is on my side this week and I have the opportunity to make a piece stylized after Curiot. Until then, I made a sugar skull.

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    On another note, I think Allison Pennington's Fable Kit is perfect for this week theme too!
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  3. Dalis

    Dalis Jose Cuervo is NOT a good friend

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    I love Catrinas!!!! I just sketched one the other day!
     
  4. ArmyGrl

    ArmyGrl Merlot, Cab, Chard, Reisling - all 4 food groups!

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    I hope you share her with us!
     
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  5. Pachimac

    Pachimac There's no such thing as a secret hiding place

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    Wow. This one will be difficult!
     
  6. Dalis

    Dalis Jose Cuervo is NOT a good friend

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    I think I might use her to scrap this challenge. I need to download her to my computer, the picture is still on my phone.
     
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    bestcee Lorelei and Rory are my neighbors

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    garrynkim I'm not messy, I'm just really creative!

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    JenEm Pollywog

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    DigiGrace Make mine a purple passion

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  11. Dalis

    Dalis Jose Cuervo is NOT a good friend

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    Lots of kissing!
     
  12. mcurtt

    mcurtt give me all the paleo brownies

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    I created a sugar skull as a remembrance of my sweet little Jack who passed away in 2016. I'm also sharing a photo of him. I think you'll see the resemblance??? :-)

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  13. Janisn

    Janisn Well-Known Member

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    I'm loving this month's topic.
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  14. wombat146

    wombat146 Check out my kilt! And my turret!

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    What a great challenge Lisa and loving all the layouts so far!! off to think about my layout!!! :)
     
  15. ArmyGrl

    ArmyGrl Merlot, Cab, Chard, Reisling - all 4 food groups!

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    Uh-oh...remember, if you'd like to play along, you are welcome to do a very loose interpretation. While I'd love to see character creation, this is an inspiration challenge. Thus something simple like a purple/gold color scheme picked up from the yarn art or the chevron or diamond pattern from First Symptom's neck piece satisfy the challenge requirements.
     
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    Dady Well-Known Member

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  17. Cherylndesigns

    Cherylndesigns All glasses should be bigger than 1.5 oz

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    I love Dia De Muerto so I used papers and elements to represent The Day of The Dead.

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  18. AJK

    AJK I plead the 5th ...

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    @Armygirl Great work on this post, inspiration, and explanation. The street artist's work looks like alebrijes!
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  19. ArmyGrl

    ArmyGrl Merlot, Cab, Chard, Reisling - all 4 food groups!

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    You are so right! Now I wish I had thought to include some in the original post.
     
  20. wvsandy

    wvsandy Grinning Granny

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    Wonderful inspiration! Thanks for the challenge!
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