Creating Beauty and Honoring the Planet
By Valarie Versace
As an introduction to Pozos’ newest gallery, Ezshwan Winding and Cynthia Hamilton have created an installation of encaustic paintings and upcycled, one-of-a-kind pillows.
Bees and Beyond
Artists’ Cocktail Reception
Sun, Oct 9, 1pm–4pm
Hotel la Villa de Pozos
Mineral de Pozos
Bees and Beyond
Encaustic paint is an art form with ancient roots that can produce modern results by combining pure beeswax, tree resin, and pigments to produce rich colors and textures, then heat fused with a torch into the base layers.
These San Miguel artists are focusing on the importance of bees in our lives and the fact that this ancient art form uses filtered bee’s wax as the basis of the hot wax painting.
Many people know of and have studied with Ezshwan Winding. After 62 years of making art, she has experience with all art techniques, but says, “Other art mediums cannot give the luminous results of encaustic painting. I appreciate the wax that is the gift of the bees to us and honor the source.”
Colony collapse disorder is a phenomenon that threatens our existence on this planet. “If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe, then man would have only four years of life left. No more bees, no more pollination, no more plants, no more animals, no more man.”–Albert Einstein
Also, recognizing that the textile industry is second only to oil in polluting the world’s water systems, Cynthia Hamilton has been inspired to reduce the carbon footprint and start a new business, Once Upon My Pillow, an eco, ethical, and sustainable enterprise. She said, “I have always loved natural textiles. It started 30 years ago when I was studying and working in Italy, Chicago, and NYC with wonderful teachers and schools. I learned to use natural dyes, weave, and create with fabric. When I was a teenager in Spain, my mother gave me an old treadle sewing machine, and I began creating original and one-of-a-kind lingerie, gathering fabrics and laces from local markets both in Italy and Spain. I learned the process of fabric from the loom to the runway; I was hooked.”
Hamilton became inspired to search out fine, natural fabrics here in San Miguel and create beauty from discards. Of course it is challenging and time consuming for her to find the perfect garments to cut up to make beautiful designer pillows using only cashmere, silk, linen, and cotton fabric. Even the buttons and trim are pre-loved.
“This project, Once Upon My Pillow, was created with a desire to do my part, help local Mexican women work from home, stay close to their children, and explore and expand their natural creativity. They are learning a trade while using 100 percent recycled materials. We work together to create beautiful, thoughtful, one-of-a-kind pillows.”
The attention that goes into each pillow is similar to a Chanel jacket—but without the price tag.