Dia De Los Muertos is approaching on November 1st and 2nd. When I moved to Tucson, that was my first experience with the rich cultural flavor and vibrant yet somewhat somber designs that accompany the holiday. I’m sure the Tucson festivities are nothing like the traditional festivities in Latin America or beyond, but regardless, I’ve been completely intrigued ever since I went to that first All Soul’s Procession in downtown Tucson.
The culture and the holiday are accompanied by a whole artistic culture that is filled with richness, texture, and a curiosity and reverence for the afterlife. I think that is the aspect I find most interesting. So today, I have a brilliant artist I would like to share with you, who has been incredibly inspiring to me, Myriam Powell.
Myriam is a self taught artist who loves art, music, antiques, and learning about people and their culture. One of the reasons she started her Etsy shop, is her love of different cultures and countries communicating through their amazing art.
She grew up in Colombia, South America surrounded by many talented people who helped instill a deep respect and admiration for handmade. Her brother was an amazing painter and fashion designer. Her mom, who she says has the most gifted hands, always inspired her through her painting, sewing, and knitting.
In Myriam’s words:
“My dolls express the way I see life. A fusion of opposites looking for equilibrium to make it work. I tend to be more attracted to gothic dolls. I am fascinated by the unknown, the dark side of things (without letting it consume me), and the enigma they perpetrate.”
Myriam is passionate about Art Doll making, sculpting, and needle felting. She likes to make pieces that are unique and meaningful in some way and finds inspiration in colors, music, textures, people, styles, materials, antiques, and places.
Take a look at her shop to see more of her incredible work and get into the spirit of the holiday.