the after hours artists

As a Mexican-American artist, Dia de los Muertos offers a wonderland of artistic expression to be explored. not only that, but there are so many people dying (pardon the pun) to get a hold of some unique hand made merchandise. Hello! here I am, at your service!

For the past 10 years, Patrick and i have been making art for Day of the Dead. Every year the demand grows bigger and bigger. This year, within two weeks, we had six events and altar installations. This weekend was all the big festivals. As always, we fell behind on preparing. We started creating stock for our booths this past Monday. Each night we stayed up until 2 am and woke up at 6 am in order to make the most of the hours.

This is what I made/painted/created in one week:

20 crosses, 6 shrine kits, 6 candles, 24 bracelets, 50 necklaces, 24 picture frames, 50 magnets, 8 boxes.

Patrick made 8 canvas paintings and 12 sculptures.

We raised our prices for the first event to make our stock last through the weekend. It was all gone by 2 pm today and we still have two more events tomorrow. So we are up tonight trying to make more stock. It’s not just about making stuff to sell. no. It’s about the rush you get when people ooo and ahhh over your hard work because it makes them happy or makes them giggle. But I can’t pull another late nighter tonight, I’m so exhausted. I looked inthe mirror and i think this week has made my face sag a couple milimeters, and nothing is worth draining all that energy for!

OK, i’m off to get some much needed beauty sleep. Happy Dia de Los Muertos!

Love & light,


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