As we took several of our CATRINA figures on a photo shoot around our nations capitol, people's response and reaction to seeing them was noting less than INCREDIBLE! At moments, we had crowds gathered around us, watching us place the pieces around the historic landmarks and capture these great images. Because of this, we are adding a very special CALENDAR reward, as well as several other great rewards that will be available in time for the holidays. Also, ANY contribution to the HERMOSOS HUESOS Project can be made on behalf of someone as a gift, and we will send your designee a special HERMOSOS HUESOS holiday card, acknowledging the contribution you made for them, as well as detailing the rewards they will be receiving.
"State of the Arts" Interview with NPR affiliate KTEP, El Paso 88.5
Saturday, 12/1 11:30am MST
"...individually and collectively, the body of work in the HERMOSOS HUESOS Project will be a homage to the many creative expressions Posada's work has inspired."
At his death, on January 20, 1913, Jose Guadalupe Posada was essentially a forgotten and penniless man. Though his work was recognized by artists such as Jean Charlot and Diego Rivera, and muralist Jose Clemente Orozco, his impact on the iconic images associated with the “Dia de Los Muertos” holiday are what have defined his legacy.
In celebration of the 100 year anniversary of Posadaʼs death, the HERMOSOS HUESOS (Beautiful Bones) Project is intended to serve as an homage to the artist and the over 20,000 graphics, woodcuts and illustrations he created during his lifetime. Like the many contemporary interpretations of Posadaʼs calaveras (skeletons), HERMOSOS HUESOS (Beautiful Bones) will be a prolific, 3- dimensional acknowledgment of his work, memorializing his art and bringing a new recognition to his iconic figure, “La Calavera Catrina”.
As mentioned in the video, the 15 figures (Catrinas) for each of the installations in the exposition are complete, and one full installation "LA NOVIA DE INVIERNO" (The Winter Bride), is complete. The $45,000 funding goal of the HERMOSOS HUESOS Kickstarter campaign, has been budgeted to successfully complete the remaining 14 installations, and concurrently produce the accompanying book. The funds would be used specifically for the following;
1) TO PURCHASE A LASER CUTTER (The machine used for creating the intricate detailing, as seen on the exterior of the finished piece)
2) TO PURCHASE THE ELEMENTS, MATERIALS and SUPPLIES NEEDED FOR COMPLETING THE ENVIRONMENTS and CASES FOR THE 14 REMAINING INSTALLATIONS.
3) FOR THE EDITORIAL, PHOTOGRAPHIC and DESIGN SUPPORT OF DEVELOPING THE BOOK
4) FOR PRODUCING THE REWARDS ASSOCIATED WITH THE FUNDING CAMPAIGN
If we exceed the $45,000 funding goal of the Kickstarter campaign, the additional funding will go immediately towards the design and development of the protective shipping and transportation crates for the exhibit. One of the critical challenges of an exhibit of this nature, is the safe transporting of the pieces. Between the 15 installations, there will be an estimated 100 plus individual pieces. By starting to develop these protective cases, we will be getting ahead on our goal of making the pieces ready and available to travel, making the works accessible to more people, sooner rather then later.
The intention for the HERMOSOS HUESOS Project, which is comprised of the 15 installations (and book) described in the video, is to be a body of work that is available to MUSEUMS, CULTURAL INSTITUTIONS and EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS. As an exhibit and cultural experience, it will expose a diverse cross-section of patrons to the many aspects of the cultural and design references of the pieces. There will be a premier of the works, scheduled for November 2, 2013, which will be exclusively for the supporters and backers who contributed to the funding of the project. I am currently in discussions with the Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores (Mexican Consulate), at the possibility of the 15 pieces moving directly into the consulate gallery space following the premier. Ultimately, the 15 installations will be housed at a MUSEUM or CULTURAL INSTITUTION, where they will reside between engagements and be available for public display.
I have been working on the individual figures (Catrinas) for the last eighteen months. The full installation was started approximately four months ago, so it would be completed in time to show supporters of the project an example of what one of the full installations would look like. The last two months of the project have been devoted primarily to developing the rewards for the supporters of the campaign.
Making “something” out of “nothing” has been a lifelong skill of mine, starting with the childhood experiences of my family’s antique, vintage clothing and costume shop. ”Second hand”, “yard sale” and “thrift store” were all terms I grew up with, and my mother’s ability to see the beauty and POTENTIAL in almost anything, is a skill that passed directly to me. I would ultimately get my degree in costume design, and anyone that knows academic theatre, knows there are never big budgets for producing the shows that students hon their skills on. So again, utilizing the ability to create from what is available, was a necessity.
As we move into the age where SUSTAINABILITY, RE-CYCLING and RE-PURPOSING have become catch phrases and trendy practices, for me…it’s like the rest of the world is finally catching on. The combination of upbringing, eduction, and personal preference, had already made me an artist (and citizen) whose go-to resource was the dumpster…or at least the thrift store! Finally…people are understanding the value of utilizing found objects, starting with the fundamental palette of “what’s there” versus just purchasing and consuming what’s presumably “needed”. Taking all that into account, it was natural, almost necessary, that HERMOSOS HUESOS be built on this fundamental practice of utilizing found objects. Taking it a step further, there is also a metaphoric relationship between giving new life to somewhat “dead” materials, and the fact that the core inspiration of the work comes from a celebration of the dead. Regardless of the metaphors and trends, it just feels “right” to re-use, period.
Taking into account my over twenty years of creative, professional experience, my artistic skill-set is extensive. The intention behind the HERMOSOS HUESOS Project, has been to create a body of work that utilizes the full range of what I have learned over the years. If you examine the work and break down the techniques involved, you will see; sewing, flat patterning, draping, painting, sculpture, beading, fabric and paper manipulation, millinery work, braiding and weaving, paper mache’, wood work, tin work, construction, and the list goes on... Being able to tap into these skills has been both exhilarating and motivating. ARTISTS; Never underestimate the value of a SKILL…you never know when it will be a tremendous asset to your current work.
Writing and creating the book about this project has to happen simultaneously with the creation of the project itself. An account of the project, in print, will make the project available to more people. Because of the level of INTRICATE detail in the pieces, they photograph beautifully, and deserve this type of representation. Also, people need to see the PROCESS, not just the finished result. I think showing people how the pieces are created, and giving people an understanding of the background going into the pieces, will enhance the experience. Also, when you look at Posada’s work, it was almost always related to some form of written word; newspaper, magazine, periodical, even sheet music. One of the elements in my work is printed text (recycled newspapers, magazins, maps, etc), so it seems natural that a book would come out of the overall effort.
One of the defining qualities in the HERMOSOS HUESOS Project, is the intricate level of DETAILING and FINISH that is seen in all the pieces. The intention behind the development of the rewards for supporters of the project, was to create things that would give people the "sense" or "feeling" of this level of detail.
With this in mind, I have created a black and white illustration inspired by the piece "DULCE CAUTIVERIO" (Sweet Captivity), and several of the rewards are based on this illustration. There is also a photographic print, a laser-cut art piece, a commemorative poster for the 2013 event premier, the book itself, and invitations to a special reception, prior to the premier of the exhibit which is for ALL supporters of the HERMOSOS HUESOS Project.
Risks and challenges
LOST OBJECTS/FOUND ART- One of the most rewarding aspects of creating the HUESOS HERMOSOS project, ironically, is also one of the most challenging; THE MATERIALS. By working with re-cycled and reclaimed elements, gone is the convenience of being able to have easy and regular access to what is needed to create the pieces. Conversely, this is also part of the beauty of the exhibit. As I mention in most every thing I have written and said about the project, many times the materials "inform" the piece. This relationship between the materials and the pieces is the one of the core elements that drives the project. It's a very organic process that is both challenging, and gratifying.
THINKING FORWARD- If and when we exceed the funding goal for completing the project, my intention is to channel that additional money directly into the design, development and production of the "containers" that will house, and ultimately, transport the pieces. Each of the 15 installations will be made up of many components, and being able to safely store and transport these components is of critical importance. By developing this aspect of the project ASAP, we will again be making the exhibit accessible to more institutions, sooner then later. I mention this now, because I see this as one of the challenges for the exhibit, once it's complete.
REWARD #1- Eternal GRATITUDE from a thankful artist, AND...acknowledgment in the book “HERMOSOS HUESOS- Bringing Catrina to Life”. Hey...what a wonderful way to get your name in print! PLEASE NOTE; the artist’s gratitude will be immediate, but you will have to wait until next year to see your name in the book.
REWARD #2- FRAMABLE ART CARD; The previous reward PLUS... a beautiful 5” x 7”, framable art card featuring the colorful and iconic print “Dulce Cauteverio” (Sweet Captivity). This card has been created exclusively for HERMOSOS HUESOS backers, and will be gratefully signed by the artist. Gracias!
REWARD #3- DECAL; The previous reward PLUS...The official HERMOSOS HUESOS decal. This 3” x 5” oval sticker expresses that...“ELLA VIVE-SHE LIVES”! Perfect for your auto bumper, notebook, or just about anywhere you want to express that YOU were part of bringing the HERMOSOS HUESOS Project (and Catrina) TO LIFE!
POSADA PRINT- SPECIAL REWARD added 11/21; Because of the overwhelmingly positive response we had to the backer promotion with this print, we are adding it as a reward for the rest of the campaign. This is a special, commemorative 8” x 10”, B & W reproduction print of Posada’s original “La Calavera Catrina”. AND...this reward will ship by December 12, so it will be PERFECT to give as a holiday gift. Order as many as you like....BE COOL-GIVE ART! ...and THANKS again for the support!
REWARD #4- T-SHIRT; The previous reward PLUS...the official HERMOSOS HUESOS T-Shirt! You will be happy-to-the-bone when you sport this commemorative, white-on-black, 100% cotton tee, inspired by the tragically elegant skeleton featured in the piece “Dulce Cautiverio” (Sweet Captivity). Designed exclusively for the HERMOSOS HUESOS Kickstarter campaign, and available only to project supporters. Men sizes s-xl & Ladies fitted size s-xl
REWARD #5- COMMEMORATIVE PHOTO PRINT; The previous reward PLUS...From the thousands of photos that will be taken to produce the book “HERMOSOS HUESOS”- Bringing Catrina to Life”, Wayne, photographer Alejandra Helm, and the entire creative team will select the fifteen best, one from each installation. You get to select the photo of your choice, and this memorable image will be printed for you on archival quality photo paper, professionally mounted and matted, and arrive ready to be framed. These fifteen photos, which will capture the intricate detailing and meticulous artistry featured in the exhibit, will only be available to our project backers. Enjoy!
POSADA PRINT (color)- SPECIAL REWARD added 11/21; Because of the overwhelmingly positive response we had to the backer promotion with this special print, we are adding it as a reward for the rest of the campaign. This is a special, commemorative 8” x 10”, color reproduction print of Posada’s original “La Calavera Catrina”. We have given it a "Warhol" twist by repeating the CATRINA figure 9 times, and adding stylized and very graphic COLORIZATION. Check out the UPDATES section to see this image. ALSO...this reward will ship by December 12, so it will be PERFECT to give as a holiday gift. Wayne will hand color each of these prints, as well as sign and dedicate the print to the person of your choosing. Order as many as you like....BE COOL-GIVE ART! ...and THANKS again for the support!
REWARD #6- COMMEMORATIVE ART PRINT; The previous reward PLUS...the first of our commemorative prints for the HERMOSOS HUESOS Project. This 6” x 12” open edition, white on black detail of a larger work, inspired by the piece “DULCE CAUTEVARIO” (Sweet Captivity), is hand-screened with natural ink on archival quality, natural fiber paper. Mounted and matted, ready to frame, the curious gaze of this elegant calavera (skeleton), will be a friendly reminder of your support and contribution to the HERMOSOS HUESOS Project.
REWARD #7- THE BOOK; “HERMOSOS HUESOS- Bringing Catrina to Life”. This beautiful, full-color, coffee table book will be a special edition JUST FOR PROJECT BACKERS. It will include hundreds of photographs, colorful graphics, many stories, the creative process, and the opening exhibit....YOURS FOREVER! NOTE;The book will contain photos from the opening exhibit on November 2, 2013...so we will be dedicated and diligent in getting it too you soon thereafter....THANKS!
ART CALENDAR-SPECIAL REWARD added 11/21; Because of the wonderful response and reception the HERMOSOS HUESOS Project received on our Washington DC promotional tour, we have decided to add a special ART CALENDAR as a special reward. Our photos of the CATRINAS in and around the national monuments have received more hits and views then ALL other of our photos COMBINED! That being said, over the next year, we are now planning an INTERNATIONAL photo shoot, capturing images of the CATRINAS with popular monuments and landmarks. These images will be featured in the book, and in this special, limited edition art calendar. Your contribution will give you special recognition in both the HERMOSOS HUESOS book and calendar, as well as a signed copy of the calendar, produced especially for the project's backers. The content of the calendar will be photographed during the production of the project in 2013, and available by the end of next year. Each page of the calendar will be an artful, photographic image, suitable for framing. THANKS AGAIN FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
REWARD #8- LASER-CUT ART PIECE; Rewards #1-6, PLUS…a unique, freestanding, 9” laser-cut art piece of the Gothic inspired, architectural window detailing featured in the completed installation, “La Novia de Invierno” (Winter Bride). Cut from 1/8” Baltic Birch plywood, this unique, hand-finished piece has been designed especially for project backers, and is the perfect representation of the 3-dimensional, intricate detailing that defines the HERMOSOS HUESOS project.
REWARD #9- COMMEMORATIVE EVENT POSTER; The previous reward PLUS...the official HERMOSOS HUESOS exhibit poster. This unique, 24” X 36” event poster embodies the illustrative style of Jose Guadalupe Posada, and reflects the creative spirit of the 15 installations in HERMOSOS HUESOS. The poster will feature all the information relative to the premier of the exhibition on November 2 (Dia de Los Muertos), 2013. Also, the names of all 15 of the HERMOSOS HUESOS installations will be listed, and this limited edition series will be signed by the artist, as well as the entire creative team behind producing the exhibit. It takes many hands to bring this work to life, and each and every one of them THANK YOU!
REWARD #11- LIMITED EDITION PRINT; This 17" X 17", signed and numbered, limited edition print is a black and white detail from the print “DULCE CAUTIVERIO” (Sweet Captivity) created exclusively for HERMOSOS HUESOS project backers. Wayne has worked closely with master printmaker Joe Barela, of Seribellum Press, to design and create this piece, giving supporters an image inspired by his work and indicative of the intricate detailing seen in the entire HERMOSOS HUESOS project. The print has been developed from an original drawing by Wayne, and is printed with natural ink on archival quality, natural fiber paper.
REWARD #12- ALL the previous rewards, including the limited edition black and white print...PLUS…two (2) VIP invitations to the pre-opening reception prior to the exhibit premier on November 2, 2013. This special event is exclusive to project supporters, and will be hosted by the artist and creative team behind HERMOSOS HUESOS. NOTE; Book will be delivered separately in December of 2013.
REWARD #13- INSTALLATION UNDERWRITER- As a project underwriter, you will be among the select few to receive the beautiful, 18” x 24” seven color print “DULCE CAUTIVERIO” (Sweet Captivity). This signed and numbered, limited edition print has been created exclusively for HERMOSOS HUESOS project backers, and is limited to a short run of only 50. Inspired by the work of Jose Guadalupe Posada, Wayne has worked closely with master printmaker Joe Barela, of Seribellum Press, to design and create this image, giving supporters an image indicative of the intricate detailing seen in the entire HERMOSOS HUESOS project. The print has been developed from an original drawing by Wayne, and is printed with natural inks on archival quality, natural fiber paper. You will also receive special recognition in the book and at the project premier as an UNDERWRITER...PLUS…two (2) VIP invitations to the pre-opening reception prior to the exhibit premier on November 2, 2013. This special event is exclusive to project supporters, and will be hosted by the artist and creative team behind HERMOSOS HUESOS.
REWARD #14- INSTALLATION BENEFACTOR- All the previous rewards, including the seven color limited edition print, AND...you will receive special recognition in the book and at the project premier as a BENEFACTOR...PLUS…four (4) VIP invitations to the pre-opening reception prior to the exhibit premier on November 2, 2013. NOTE; Book will be delivered separately in December of 2013.
REWARD #15- ÁNGEL DE PLATA; All the previous rewards AND...your color print ‘DULCE CAUTIVERIO” (Sweet Captivity) will be hand finished by the artist, double-matted and gallery framed. Intricate detailing and beautiful coloration are the ultimate homage of Posada’s style, inspiring a graphic comment on the overall HERMOSOS HUESOS exhibit. With overall dimensions of 24” x 30”, our gallery style frame has been specially created for this piece, and will be available in a choice of 7 different colors. Because of the hand finished detailing, each of these pieces will be one of a kind. ÁNGEL DE PLATA backers will receive special recognition in the book and at the opening event...PLUS...six (6) VIP invitations to the pre-opening reception prior to the exhibit premier on November 2, 2013. NOTE; Book will be delivered separately in December of 2013.
CATRINA FIGURE-SPECIAL COMMISSION REWARD added 11/21; As we approach the last 2 weeks of the funding campaign for the HERMOSOS HUESOS Project, supporters of the project have mentioned that there are collectors that would be interested in having one of the CATRINA figures as an art piece, separate of the installations that are being produced for the overall body of work. Taking this into consideration, we are now offering up to 12 of these specially commissioned pieces, that will be designed and created especially for the project backer. These pieces can be an homage or dedication to ANYONE the backer specifies, and will be meticulously designed and fabricated to your specifications. Articles of clothing or jewelry, photographs, or other personal effects can be incorporated into these pieces. Once the piece is complete, it will be a part of the HERMOSOS HUESOS Premier exhibition in 2013, then given to the backer. These pieces will also be featured in the HERMOSOS HUESOS book, as part of a special chapter dedicated to the projects supporters. ETERNAL GRATITUDE!
REWARD #16- ÁNGEL DE ORO; All the previous rewards PLUS...As a tribute and honor to a significant friend, family member or loved one, one of the individual installations from the exhibit will be dedicated to a person of your choice. This person’s name will be integrated into the piece, and you will receive a special photo portfolio of the installation, clearly depicting the name of the person you have selected. ALSO...a special dedication to you and the person you are honoring will be included in the chapter of the book featuring the specific installation. You will receive ÁNGEL DE ORO recognition in the book and at the opening event. PLUS...eight (8) VIP invitations to the pre-opening reception prior to the exhibit premier on November 2, 2013. NOTE; The photo portfolio of the dedicated work will be shipped with the book, in December of 2013.
REWARD #17- ÁNGEL DE VIDA; The above reward PLUS...the entire exhibit will be available for a 6 week showing at the MUSEUM, CULTURAL INSTITUTION or EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTION of your choice. The exhibit will be made available on your behalf, and will also include a guided preview of the exhibit by the artist, as well as a one hour speaking engagement. PLEASE NOTE; additional exhibit transportation costs (to and from the exhibit location), as well as set-up costs, may be incurred by the hosting institution, depending on the location and setting of the exhibit. Artist’s travel and accommodation is included in the reward.