Hidden Artisan Workshop Tour
By Emma Salazar
Hidden Artisan Workshop tour
Mon, May 12, 10am
Leaving from La Biblioteca
Doors open at 9am
On May 12, La Biblioteca Tours & Events invites you to discover some of the magnificent artists we have in this town. This tour will offer the opportunity to see, enjoy, learn and value their incredible work. Each artisan will express in his own way a sense of art, shape and color. You will also learn insider tips about traditional Mexican crafts and, at the end of each presentation, you will be able to ask questions. Tours are conducted once a month with a different selection of workshops each time.
Bead & Wire
Gehobani discovered her passion for beads and wire almost 20 years ago from her family and some friends. What impressed her most was the immense range of possibilities that beads and wire offered. She loves when her clients become fascinated by her work: “It´s pretty unusual, what I do!” she says. The unifying factor of her work is colorful beads and the wire; the rest is pure imagination. The most common and commercial products are the “animals,” but she can create anything, from a small sculpture to commissioned special orders.
Water Color Painting
Evodio learned this method of painting in La Biblioteca when he came to the painting class as a child. Water color paints are made of pigments suspended in a water-soluble vehicle. Traditionally, he uses paper, canvas or wood to support them. “It is my passion and job,” explains Evodio. Visitors will be able to see and hear about the process of making a piece and watch him finish one of his art pieces.
Rosa explains to us how to start out making a papier maché piece from newspaper and engrudo (glue) in the process she has been using for 20 years. It is time-consuming and messy to produce each piece but worth the effort because the final product is durable and lightweight and helps her to support her family. She molds, fits, polishes, bleaches twice, then glues, lacquers and finally paints. The visitors will be able to see and hear Rosa talk about the process of making a piece.
Apudo´s family is a Nahuatl family from Guerrero who paint wood, bark paper and clay objects with incredible precision. The designs depict everyday life in rural Mexico or are more traditional paintings using flowers, deer, rabbits or even ceremonial symbols from the Nahuatl culture. In the past, women made pottery for eating and serving as well as clay figurines of people and animals to use as toys; today mostly everything is decorative.
We will also visit a handmade candle workshop where they bathe layer after layer of high-grade paraffin over a central wick, using centuries-old methods. The warm color of the beautiful candles you will see is achieved by melting actual amber (crystallized tree sap) into the wax. Each candle is crafted with gold-leaf stamp. This workshop has been featured in New York Magazine, Country Living, Southern Living and Gourmet.
Engraved Glassware Workshop
We will visit another amazing place where talented craftsmen engrave recycled glasses. Each glass is then etched by skilled masters who engrave the design directly onto the glass using only a grinding stone and an experienced eye. The result is truly a work of art; especially considering that some of the artisans are disabled workers. The glassware can also be hand-painted with the brightest colors and nicest forms generating original designs. This place has been featured in magazines and international publications.
Tickets available at La Tienda, Insurgentes 25, US $25/320 pesos, Space is limited; buy your tickets today! This tour last 4-5 hours; light snacks available on request!