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Gelatina as Art
What can I can say about these beautiful gelatin desserts but WOW!
They are eye pleasers for art lovers and palate pleasers for you foodies.

They are made by a local person who has obviously spent years in her kitchen playing around in this medium.  They are works of art, almost impossible to imagine how she made each one by hand. Each miniature petal and stamen is hand made out of gelatin and arranged in layers to form these gorgeous edible flowers.  Here’s a little slideshow you are going to love:

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Master artisan José Luz has been creating art out of tin for over fifty years. In the four minute video below I follow José Luz while he works on a new piece.

The resulting piece emerges from many hours of design time, a day and a half in his studio cutting, stamping, pushing and re-working the tin. The result is a piece of texture and softness, a piece of beauty inspired by his love of art, metal and working with his hands, inspired by his deep religious faith.

He calls this piece corazon amoroso de Jesus sacramento.

2011 Corazon Amoroso de Jesus Sacramento from Suzanne da Rosa on Vimeo.

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Cien Años de la Artesania en Hojalata de San Miguel de Allende

An update to the post below – the film has been selected to be shown this Sunday, November 7, 2010 at 6pm on the main stage in the Jardin in San Miguel as part of the opening ceremonies for this year’s feria de lana y laton (wool and brass fair) and on Monday November 8, 7-9pm in the same location.  If you missed Thursday’s show, be sure to come by the Jardin during those times to see it.

The post:

If you are in town this Thursday at 7pm, you can see the video documentary I have made about the history of decorative (and utilitarian) tin work in San Miguel de Allende.

If you live here, or have just visited, you can’t miss the tinkering of tools on metal here.  It’s everywhere, in all neighborhoods.  Literally hundreds, if not a thougsand people or more work in tin here. Over the years, because of purchasing tin work for our store in the U.S., I’ve been going in and out of these shops wondering how it all began.

There are a handful of families that go back exactly one hundred years, to 1910, when a metal worker, Aucensio Llamas moved to San Miguel from Jerez Zacatecas.  For twenty five years he made and repaired milk cans, oil lamps and colanders for making atole.  There was no tourism, no market for decorative or religious tin work.

In the late 1930’s and into the 40’s when Stirling Dickinson arrived and began to bring more foreigners to attend the art school he helped to found, a market for decorative pieces developed along with creative inspiration and eventually an industry that put almost all of San Miguel to work.

I won’t go into the rest because … we’d like you to come see it on Thursday.  Many of the artisan families who are in the movie will be there for the premiere and we’ll have a question and answer afterwards so you can meet the original families, now in their third and fourth generations of family business.

The film includes these men talking about their history in tin work,, the unfolding of an international business market for them along with their personal feelings about their work and how it has changed over the years.  Voices are overlayed with photos and video footage of them creating pieces in their workshops.

These men create some of the most beautiful tin work in San Miguel today.  The documentary combines these men talking about their families, the lean and boom times, what it was like to begin making decorative pieces after doing utilitarian work and what it was life was like here in the early part of the 20th century.  It’s a new perspective on the history of the town, told by the families who lived and grew through the ups and downs of of town economies that are driven by tourism.

The film will be shown at the Santa Ana Theatre at the Biblioteca on Calle Insurgente.  Thursday Nov. 4, 2010 7pm, with an introduction to the artisans after the show.

film duration: 40 minutes.
In the words of the artisans, in Spanish, with English subtitles.

The film is for sale at la Conexion and at the artist booths of Chilo Botes (Cecilio Hernández, Eleazar and Enrique Badillo and Artes de Mexico on the Calzada de la Aurora.  It will also be available through our online store website after November 8th at :  www.mexicanfolkart.com

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The Bicentennario, Mexico’s 200th Independence celebrations are a little over a month away, although activities have been going on for about a month now and the gang’s all here!  Today at noon, casually strolling down the street, posing for cameras, came five mojiganga’s dressed for the revolution.

Miguel Hidalgo:

Miguel Hidalgo

Miguel Hidalgo

Ignacio Allende:

Ignacio Allende

Ignacio Allende

Three Spanish women. The woman on the right is Doña Josefa Ortiz de Domínguez.  Allende, Hidalgo and Domínguez, together, rang the bell in the church of Dolores, performing the first ‘Grito de Dolores’ the call for freedom which is now enacted on every independence day, calling the people together to fight for their independence.

Here they come, the women, followed by Allende & Hidalgo

Here they come, the women, followed by Allende & Hidalgo

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There’s not much going on here for Carnaval, but in the Jardin, you can buy gorgeous hand made paper flowers, accordion legged ‘payasitos’ – little clowns – paper masks and confetti filled eggs – cascarones – which the children run around with – war style –  cracking them on each other’s heads (and yours if you don’t watch out!)

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Castillo fireworks in front of the church

Castillo fireworks in front of the church

It is not exaggerating one bit to say that there is a larger than life fascination with fireworks here in Mexico. At three A.M. on almost any day of the week, you are likely to be woken up with a loud kaboom! followed by about six more.  If it’s close enough, it rattles the house. Often, you will never know what it’s for but it certainly gets your attention.  For festival days (or weeks) you’ll have rockets and church bells for an hour at about six in the morning, followed by rockets throughout the day. Sometimes it is from one church, other times they are scattered around town.






Senor de las Columnas

Two weeks before Easter
for the arrival of Senor de las Columnas, the rockets and churchbells begin at 3 A.M. from the top of Avenida Independencia.  They are waiting for the procession from Atotonilco, an all night pilgrimage carrying statues of saints that will be paraded around town each day leading up to and including good Friday. The street has been decorated for almost a mile to the church, people are already on the street.  There are non-stop rockets going off, waiting for the moment that the statues reach the top of the street where their silk and ribbon coverings are unwound. It is so loud and so long that you have to give up trying to sleep and go outside to watch. Everything is preceded and ended with fireworks.  It is usually about 4 A.M that I give up trying to sleep and go outside. (more…)

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Yikes! all of a sudden two weeks have gone by.
I’m working on several posts which if all goes well,
Will be up by the end of the week –

The final movie of the sunday parade is finished.
You can click on the photo below
Or go here to read the entire post.
The movie is at the end.


Click On Photo To View Movie of the Sunday morning parade - the dancers getting ready, practicing parts of their dances, and shots of the parade route.

Fireworks and castillo tower fireworks
The final Festival of San Miguel video

Guanajuato and the Cervantino Festival

The Olga Costa, Jose Chavez Morado Museum


Dori Locos –
You have to love what they do with food here.
Complete with video of how to make these yourself.
Here’s the link to the Dori Locos Post which is finished.

After all this, a posting from Charco del Ingenio
Where I am going today to video a private botanical tour
Let by former director Mario Mendoza.
This post is done, click here to read it.

Last, but not least
As a follow up to Billie’s blog on shrimp coctail
A delicious new recipe that has NO sugar or catsup in it.

Well, I take that back –
There’s one more, a trip to Pena de Bernal
A weaving town that has a spectacular rock monument
The third largest in the world
Behind the rock of Gibraltar and Sugar loaf in Brazil.

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