Thursday, October 18, 2012

Preparing for El Dia de Los Muertos

As I'm preparing for El Dia de Los Muertos this year, I've sidetracked (again) and spent a few weeks working on small shrines. They cover a variety of subjects and ideas. I'm enjoying working in the small format- many are re-designed Altoid tins. Getting back to to my roots of collage and assemblage feels right. Here are a few photos of my recent work.

My friend, Penny McElroy, and I are hosting an Open House for El Dia de Los Muertos on Friday, November 2 from 4-10pm.  We're creating a community altar and would love for you to join us in honoring friends and family who are no longer with us.


  1. Wonderful shrines and altars....hope to meet you in Santa Barbara at the Pop up store with your incredible bags and purses!

  2. Thanks, Mary! I look forward to meeting you in Santa Barbara.

  3. I love the intimacy of your mini shrines. You've given me an idea to create a tin-size ofrenda for each of my loved ones who have passed on. Your Fiesta invite is so cool! For the last eighteen years I've had a similar Day of the Dead party at my house with a large altar that friends add meaningful items to. It's wonderful to hear each person tell the stories behind the mementos and photos. This year I'm building my altar in Mexico for the first time.

    1. I love that this is something else we have in common. I'm happy to have inspired you. The small shrines are really wonderful projects. Penny (my co-host) and I spent Dia de Los Muertos in Oaxaca a few years ago. It was an incredibly moving experience. I hope you enjoy your trip to Mexico and I look forward to your photos and storytelling.


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