Fabric Painting by Keila
Several years ago I went on a Mexican Riviera cruise with my sisters and my mom. We loved having a few days of girl time but being moms and wives, our families were on our minds. We were constantly on the lookout for the perfect souvenier to bring home to each of our loved ones. Mexico was full of little trinkets but we wanted something that wouldn't be discarded and forgotten shortly after we got home. As we were walking the streets of Ensenada, we came upon a lady who had her art set up on the sidewalk. All of her canvases were some sort of recycled material. Some were cardboard. Some were scraps of wood. Others were fabric. A lot of her subject matter was Día de Muertos or Day of the Dead related. She had a fun, whimsical style that I liked. I knew that this would be the perfect souvenier for my teenaged daugther. The piece that I like the most was painted on fabric and sewn onto a woven placemat that was folded in half to make a purse. I didn't like the purse as much as I liked the painting so I purchased the purse and later removed the canvas. I love that in the picture above, you can still see the needle holes along the edge of the canvas. I love that this resourceful artist used what she could to do what she loved! A few years later, I found myself back in Ensenada. I was hoping that I would again run into this artist. This time she had a full storefront right in the cruise ship port! How wonderful that her business has grown! I love it when people pursue their passions and dreams and are successful!
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