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Cartoneria Mexicana Workshop

September 7, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

with Leticia Vazquez-Smith

Free (Registration is required; limited space available)

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Participants will be learning some history of cartoneria Mexicana sometimes known as Papel mache also learn the difference between one to the other. Learn glue making, what is the best paper to use and recycle, mold techniques, and will be able to build a small piece from mold, paper building drying and painting/decoration in two weeks sections. Learn about the traditional objects made with the technique and their importance to Mexican culture.

Cartoneria folk art/craft (a kind of paper mache art) sculptures are traditional handcraft in México

Paper mache was introduced into Mexico during the colonial period, originally to make items for church. Since then the folk art/craft has developed, especially in central Mexico. Cartoneria was made for yearly celebrations per example Holy Week, Christmas  and Day of the dead. Piñatas are also Made From cartoneria. Burning a Judas was popular later on during the 20th century  there was a lady called Carmen Caballero She sold Judas in a Mexico City market where Diego Rivera discovered her work and felt in love with it he bought many Judas from her.  There is also a well known Cartonero Pedro Linares he became very famous around the world and his family keeps the tradition of working the cartoneria until these days.

Although cartoneria can be found in urban areas as Celaya, San Miguel de Allende, Patzcuaro and Oaxaca the most varied is produced in México city.  There is a group of cartoneros well organized in Mexico City.
This workshop is in conjunction with the Pasos de Arte 2019 exhibition. To learn more about the exhibition click here. 


September 7, 2019
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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