By: Jhanae Harmon
Mexican Folk Art and History
Sugar Skulls are a part of Mexican Folk art. Mexican handcrafts and folk art is a complex collection of items made with various materials and intended for utilitarian, decorative or other purposes. Some of the items produced by hand in this country include ceramics, wall hangings, vases, furniture, textiles and much more. Sugar Skulls are used as a part of the Day of Dead holiday. The Day of the Dead is a holiday that Mexicans use to remember their loved ones and/or family members that have passed away but the want to remember. They use many different types of Folk art from their culture to remember these loved ones. The way that the skulls are decorated is the way that that they remember them.
I used the idea of Sugar Skulls and The Day of the Dead to remember my grandparents . Both of my grandparents both passed away last year around the same time. They were very important to me so i thought this would be a good way to remember them. I always remember my grandparents having flowers around their home and my grandmother loved pretty things. I also thought that it would be a good idea to do a nice design on my sugar skull because usually people thing of evil things when they see a skull and i wanted them to think of my grandparents or even someone they may have wanted to remember when they see my skull. So for my design i decided to do a flower design. I also used all soft colors except for the yellow in the background. For my background I used vines because i wanted it to look like my flowers were coming out of the vines that were in my background.I think that if my grandparents could see it today they would love it. I also think that it was a great way to remember them and for me to be creative at the same time. I hope that everyone enjoys it and that it may inspire someone to use sugar skulls to remember one of their loved ones.
"I Miss You" ✤ ALTURAS ✤ DIA DE LOS MUERTOS ✤ Day of the Dead