So Hallowe’en is coming up, but so is another festival celebrating those which have passed on, and the Northern Hemisphere’s progression into the darker half of the year, Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead. Its a Mexican tradition, celebrated on the first of November. Traditionally, and still now in some small rural villages it is believed that this day is a chance for the dead to thank their surviving relatives and friends for honouring their memory. Either that or punish them for not observing their wishes. It s generally a spirited occasion with bright costumes, lots of skull masks (!), music and feasting. People also use the holiday to maintain and clean the graves of their loved ones.
Speaking of Mexico, I have also been reacquianting myself with one of my favourite artists of all time, Frida Kahlo. I spent ages looking at her ‘Thinking about Death’ yesterday. Its lovely to feel inspired by her again.
I have spent all morning sanding a copper piece, and its almost ready to fire. Hopefully it will work and I will have some pictures soon…its definitely looking like it was inspired by Day of the Dead now!