15 Sep 2010 Personal Ofrendas for Day of the Dead w/ Aiko Cuneo
In this workshop participants will create
personal ofrendas, or altars, using a variety of materials such as boxes or other containers, paper, fabric, found objects, and any other materials you can find in the SCRAP bins.
The Day of the Dead (El Día de los Muertos) is a Mexican and Mexican-American celebration of deceased ancestors, which occurs on November 1st and November 2nd. One of the traditions for the celebration is the creation of ofrendas, which are altars made by families dedicated to the spirits of their loved ones who have passed over.
Artist and teacher Aiko Cuneo will lead participants in making their own ofrenda. Using different boxes or containers for the base of the ofrendas and materials found at SCRAP, you will learn how to mix mediums and create a personal ofrenda to take home. Bring photos or small reminders of your loved one that you would like to honor to add to your altar to personalize it.
Aiko is an artist and teacher and works in a variety of mediums from paper to clay. She has made many boxes inspired by Day of the Dead and has found that that SCRAP is one of her favorite resources for this project. She has found that Day of the Dead is a wonderful way to honor those we love who have died. It is a time of remembrance that encourages playfulness and celebrates life and rebirth, special foods and candies, rich colors and fragrant marigolds! As an artist working in schools, she enjoys working with families to make ofrendas to add to the school’s community altar. Her latest work uses paint samples from SCRAP to make dimensional paper structures.