November 7, 2011 § Leave a Comment
Coinciding with the opening of the Wellcome Trust’s ‘Miracles and Charms‘ exhibition, this weekend saw their Day of the Dead event (above), with sugar skull decorating, papel picado, pan de muerte, marigolds, face painting, Mariachi band and a chance to make ofrendas for their altar to Henry Wellcome.
As part of their Miracles and Charms exhibition, Felicity Powell had taken inspiration from Edward Lovetts collection of 1400 amulets. One of her pieces was a film of MRI and CT scans of her own body overlaid with images drawn form the Lovett collection (below);
October 27, 2011 § Leave a Comment
For the Day of the Dead traditions (celebrated 1st and 2nd November), Ofrendas (offerings) are set up often in the form of an altar, to remember and honor the memory of those that have passed like the one shown below left and right;
These altars are typically decorated with pictures of the deceased, foods including Pan de Muerto, Marigold flowers called cempachucil, Papel Picado (such as the beautiful ones shown below by mexicansugarskull.com);
and of course, wonderfullly decorated sugar or papier mache skulls (such as those shown below by mexicansugarskull.com);