Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Latino/a Imaginary: Papel Picado Workshop

In conjunction with our latest exhibition, Latino/a Visual Imaginary: Intersection of Word and Image, artist Kai Margarida-Ramirez de Arellano led a hands-on workshop to introduce the traditional technique of papel picado - the 300 year old Mexican tradition of paper cutting. Arellano applies a contemporary take on papel picado in her own work, creating symbols and narratives relevant to her own life and experiences.

Kai Margarida-Ramirez de Arellano
Hand Milagro, 2010


The gallery buzzed with excitement for the chance to create an original papel picado with Kai's guidance.

Kai shows workshop goers an example of the more traditional presentation using a contemporary design.


Demonstrating how to properly line up and cut the template and tissue paper.


Workshop goers listen and prepare their own templates.



And the cutting begins!


Making progress!


Tiny pieces of paper everywhere!


Kai gives her advice on how to personalize a design.


Working hard, with Arellano's Juarez (2010) in the background.


Customizing the general template.


Beginning the finishing stages...


More people join in the finishing stages.


And success!

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