Dia de Los Muertos, 2015…

Gorgeous papel picado, entrance to San Gabriel Mission Cemetery - susie carranza studio

Sharing my Dia de Los Muertos weekend in photos… (Please read my post from 2012 – Dia de Los Angelitos… to see our home altar that year.) ’til next time… Advertisements

The Art of Emily Costello…

I was so excited to learn that one of my favorite artists, Emily Costello (from Arizona) would be in town having a solo art exhibit on August 9th at Chimaya art gallery in Los Angeles – and even more excited … Continue reading

around here…

A few days into 2015 and I find myself hit with a nasty cold…so while I sit here sniffling, sneezing, coughing, and rubbing my watery eyes, I thought I’d share a few photos of what’s been going on around here…

Olvera Street’s Muerto Artwalk…

This past Saturday, Lawrence and I went to Olvera Street’s first ever Muerto Artwalk. We took the Gold Line, which gave me the opportunity to see beautiful Union Station in downtown Los Angeles again…

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my first Tap card! isn’t it pretty?

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I love Union Station…

it was a beautiful day for an artwalk...

it was a beautiful day for an artwalk…

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artist Jazzy Jazz at Olvera Street’s Muerto Artwalk (LOVE her artwork!)…

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we had lunch at La Luz del Dia…

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we had lunch on the beautiful patio, surrounded by bougainvilleas and little birds…

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see the little birdie? it was eyeing my chicken tacos…

loved watching the dancers...

loved watching the dancers…

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my lovely friend, Theresa Armas, of Skulls and Stitches...

my lovely friend, Theresa Armas, of Skulls and Stitches…

Lizzy Hernandez of Inspira, displaying her jewelry at Hecho con Carino on Olvera Street...

my friend Lizzy Hernandez of Inspira, displaying her jewelry at Hecho con Carino on Olvera Street…

Lizzy and me...

Lizzy and me…

my husband Lawrence with our friend & artist Annette Armas...

my husband Lawrence with our friend & artist Annette Armas…

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setting was perfect for all the great artists they had present…

the Armas family of CJ’s Angels (beautiful people & awesome friends!)…

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heading back to Union Station to go home…

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Union Station…

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shopped! Items from Jazzy Jazz, Inspira, and Arte de mi Familia...

shopped! Items from Jazzy Jazz, Inspira, and Arte de mi Familia…

items from CJ's Angels, Terra Maya, Lupe Flores, and Hecho con Carino...

items from CJ’s Angels, Terra Maya, Lupe Flores; shirts from Hecho con Carino…

(You can find all these artists on Instagram!)

We had a really good time! Got to see our artist friends, met artists I only knew through social media, and did quite a bit of shopping. I had been contacted about participating as a vendor, but we decided we couldn’t commit to any shows with my mother-in-law in and out of the hospital at the time. I’m hoping next year we’ll get the chance again!

’til next time…

happy birthday Frida!

my first ever Frida-inspired art  piece

my first ever Frida-inspired art piece

today Frida Kahlo would have celebrated her 107th birthday. although she passed away in 1954, she continues to be a huge source of artistic inspiration to many.

i love Frida’s art work. she portrayed beauty alongside tragedy, joy alongside sadness, and her pieces are full of raw emotion you can’t help but also feel if you really look at her work.

above is my newest art piece, simply titled “Frida”. it is my first ever Frida-inspired piece – but i really enjoyed making it so it definitely won’t be my last!

til next time…

the week in instagram…

are you as hooked on instagram as i am?!  you can find (and follow, if you’d like!) me at instagram.com/susiecarranzastudio

bare feet in grass

bare feet in grass

earrings: feathers and arrows

late night: making earrings just for fun

pretty paint water, "dream" heart ornament, Jacquard textile colors

pretty paint water, “dream” heart ornament, Jacquard textile colors

Yogi tea wisdom

Yogi tea wisdom

dandelion

dandelion: make a wish

putting items in Etsy shop on sale

putting items in Etsy shop on sale

cloudy february skies

cloudy february skies

photo booth on my iMac

photo booth on my iMac

my parents' geranium plant

my parents’ geranium plant

happy birthday to my husband, Lawrence

happy birthday to my husband, Lawrence

finally - much needed rain

finally – much needed rain

Dia de los Muertos/Day of the Dead: Honoring Loved Ones No Longer Here

Day of the Dead (in spanish: Dia de los Muertos) has become so popular recently that it often both saddens and maddens me to see the term “day of the dead” slapped onto a piece of artwork just because it has a skull or a skeleton on it.  or lumped together with Halloween.  lots of people want to capitalize on the popularity of this tradition but don’t bother to find out what it’s REALLY about.  or honestly, they just think skulls are “cool”.  last year, one online store held a “Day of the Dead” craft contest on their facebook page, where people posted pieces they’d created and the one with the most “likes” won a prize of some sort.  i still remember one of the pieces:  a gravestone, spiders, webs, and pumpkins.  and one scary-looking skull.  Day of the Dead – really?  not so much….

Dia de los Muertos is about honoring our loved ones who are no longer with us.  there is nothing scary, or spooky, or Halloween-y about it.  it’s a beautiful tradition that involves celebrating life, not mourning death.

i did not grow up knowing about Dia de los Muertos.  i honestly don’t remember the first time i ever heard about it, but i know that once i did i wanted to know more.  that was years ago.  today, with so much virtual information at our fingertips, there really is no reason not to know what this tradition is all about, if one truly wants to.

i could try to share what i’ve learned about this beautiful tradition, but there’s an awesome site that did such a great job with this, i’d rather share their page and let you see for yourself.  check out mexicansugarskull.com’s post about the history of Day of the Dead.

http://www.mexicansugarskull.com/support/dodhistory.html

and, if you’d like to check out another link, here’s an interview i did at Crafty Catholic Mamacita back in March.  maria finds artists and crafters on Etsy and interviews them for her weekly “Crafty Mamacita Miercoles” (miercoles = spanish for Wednesday).  she found my shop on Etsy and asked if she could send me some questions for an interview.  (i’m glad i did; maria was very sweet and very professional.)

the last question was about Dia de los Muertos.  you can read my interview here:

http://susiquetzalli.blogspot.com/2012/03/crafty-mamacita-miercoles-asucarr_07.html

my husband and i have an altar set up in our dining room year round.  we started it 3 years ago during the Day of the Dead season and never took it down.  it stays as a tribute to loved ones we’ve said goodbye to yet know we’ll one day see again.  we make a few changes as time passes, adding friends and family who have passed on since we started our altar, redecorating, etc.  i love having a physical place to pause, light a candle, and say a quick hello.

*our altar has artwork from several awesomely talented artists: the large candle on the right is Cathy Ashworth; the skull on the second shelf of our altar is from Cesco’s Muertos; the skeleton-butterfly piece (top shelf) and the skeleton dog (front) is from Theresa Armas; the black skull (left) and blue box (right) is from Annette Armas of CJ’s Angels and Arte de Nuestro Corazon.  the tall candle with the image of flowers (on the left) and the piece in the lower left corner were done by me.

so, tell me – do you celebrate Day of the Dead?  if you do, i’d love for you to share in the comments!