Dreamcatcher at the Petit Hotel Hafa ~ Sayulita, Mexico.
With my new studio I will finally be able to dye again and I can’t wait to get started on my first collection of 2013. Above are some images from my very first ‘studio’ in Mexico – my front patio with a view of the Pacific Ocean, a stairwell as a photo studio and a hammock as a drying line…
Palacio de Correos de Mexico (main post office) ~ Mexico City, Mexico.
The five day forecast says rain. The last five days have rained. At this time of year people in Vancouver get excited about days with less rain. Not no rain – less rain.
When I close my eyes I picture the photo above – I can not stop thinking about the Mexican sun.
A few days ago through Anabela’s post on the lovely blog Fieldguided I discovered the beautiful photography of Emily Faulstich who records her travels and daily inspiration on her tumblr called Hawaiian Coconut. I spent a good chunk of the morning scrolling through her sun drenched photos and realized that she has spent quite a bit of time in Puerto Vallarta. I have often regretted the lack of photos I took while living there (I blame work burn out and general laziness) so it was a treat to see the town captured so beautifully by Emily. Through her lens I feel a little bit closer to the beauty and chaos that was my life in Mexico…
My online presence has been a little sparse these days as I run around Vancouver trying to get set up with S&C. I’ve been spending quite a bit of time online searching listings for studio spaces and getting in touch with people in the city and yesterday I stumbled on to this exhibit at the Museo Textil de Oaxaca on the Maiwa blog. On our trip to Oaxaca last year we had a peek at this space and I have to say it is one of my favourite experiences I have had in Mexico to date. The museum is housed in a gorgeous refurbished Spanish colonial building with clean rooms exhibiting handmade textiles (when I was there it was a show on the history of saddle blankets) and dye techniques. In the back there is an open courtyard used for weaving, dye and embroidery workshops – basically a little slice of textile heaven right in the heart of Oaxaca City.
The current exhibit is of work gathered from the youth of the surrounding weaving villages (ages 8 to 20) all of whom have taken up their families tradition of weaving and are making it their own. If you are visiting Oaxaca in 2013 make sure to spend some time at this gorgeous textile treasure…
Images from myself, Maiwa and the Museo Textil de Oaxaca
//1// ‘We Love Yelapa’ – local residents taking care of their town //2// A burro waiting for its owner in the town center //3// River emptying into the bay //4// One of the few local restaurants //5// Happily beach lounging on my 30th birthday //6// Waterfall behind the town
A DAY IN : YELAPA
I first discovered Quality Peoples and the talented Ed Fladung when we moved to Mexico. Ed is an American designer residing with his family in the small beach town of Bucerias (coincidentally just one town over from where we lived in Puerto Vallarta) who, at the time, was chronicling his experience in a different culture through gorgeous photography on his blog. These days he’s shifted his focus and partnered with a friend to create a surf inspired clothing line also named Quality Peoples. They’ve just launched their F/W 12 collection and the lookbook is giving me some serious pangs for our time in Mexico…
//1// Fresh coffee beans from La Quinta, Cafe de Altura //2// Star lights at Pueblo Magico //3// Church artifacts //4// Virgin of Guadalupe statue in Church courtyard //5// crumbling Hacienda in countryside //6// Bar at El Arreiro //7// Dusk, walking back from the mines
My ‘A Day In’ series continues with the beautiful colonial mountain town of San Sebastian Del Oeste.
Two hours northeast of PV, San Sebastian del Oeste, was once one of the most important cities in Mexico. As a mining town and the former capital of the state of Jalisco, San Sebastian is steeped in history. The once populous town (peaking in 1830 at 20,000 inhabitants) has shrunk in size (600 permanent residents) and national importance but is so picturesque it is worth making an effort to check it out for yourself. V was so inspired he created a websitefor the town.
When we visit we always stay at the Hotel del Puente – a very rustic hacienda hotel that is only $12 a person per night. The Hotel del Puente offers nothing more than a room with a bed and a few toiletries but the staff is kind and the hacienda itself is quaint. We have spent many a night playing scrabble in the inner courtyard to the light of fireflies. If rustic isn’t your thing there are many options in town – from bare bones basic to high-end luxury.
//1// Hammocks and wool rugs in the market along Rio Cuale //2// Beautiful lace in one of the many fabric stores on Calle Juarez //3// The cemetery //4// Wading along one of PV’s local beaches //5// Dinner at Hacienda San Angel //6// A sunset stroll along the Malecon
One of our favourite things to do in Mexico is walk through their cemeteries. These photos are from a visit to the cemetery a few blocks from our little home in Puerto Vallarta.
palm trees just outside of Oaxaca // piñata feet // roses in V’s family home in Mexico City // courtyard installation in Oaxaca // V’s family photo wall // close up of mineral springs just outside of Oaxaca
I took a disposable camera with me to Mexico and finally got my film back. A little too late I realized that any shot taken indoors without the flash was severely underexposed so I lost about half my images…
A few last photos from our recent trip to Mexico:
A visit to El Tule – the world’s widest known tree. The trunk measures 11 meters in diameter and is estimated to be 2000 years old.
Mitla – the location of one of the most important ancient Zapotec religious centers at the time of the Spanish conquest. This building housed the high priests and monarchy of the culture and was the location of all religious ceremonies including human sacrifice.
Lastly – Hierve El Agua – mineral springs located high in the hills which after millennia of seeping from the mountains gives the appearance of waterfalls made from stone.
Some of my favourite items we brought back from Mexico.
A folk art church waiting to be hung in our bedroom.
Black clay pottery.
A new cross for our growing collection.
New milagros for summer pouches and bracelets.