Día de los Muertos, also known as the Day of the Dead, is a Mexican holiday that has gained more attention throughout the 50 states in recent years. I’m drawn to both the cultural significance of the holiday and the celebratory way that the holiday remembers those who have passed on before us, as well as the colorful art that symbolizes this tradition. You’ve probably seen a calavera, which is a skull that has been decorated with flowers and art.
|Día de los Muertos by Miriam Schulman|
Miriam Schulman shared her rendition in the Cloth Paper Scissors online gallery as part of the March/April Reader Challenge. “For this mixed-media skull,” she says, “I took inspiration from the Dia des Los Muertos makeup. I love the flower embellishments that women paint on their faces for the holiday.”
Love it? We invite you to create and submit your own mixed-media skull! Create a two- or three-dimensional Día de los Muertos-inspired skull using your favorite mixed-media techniques and supplies. Entries should be 6″x6″ (or 6″x6″x6″), and must weigh less than 13 ounces (one submission per person). The deadline is May 9: Click here for the rules and instructions on how to enter. Winners will be featured in an upcoming issue of Cloth Paper Scissors. And if you can’t wait to share your artwork, you can also post it here on the Reader Challenge page.
I’m looking forward to seeing what you come up with—happy creating!