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A Shiny, Tin Feliz Navidad, Updated 11/16/14

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Mexican Folk Art Tin Wall Ornament, Christmas


Tin artisans can be found in several regions of Mexico, working in different styles and different types of objects. This beautiful painted tin wall hanging comes from Oaxaca as do the common painted tin ornaments that add so much color and shine to the Christmas tree! This is a post I wrote in 2011 but I've updated the links back to the online shop because we have all three of these pieces in stock again, November 2014. I love shiny tin for Christmas!

Mexican folk art tin lumenaria

This lovely luminaria also comes from Oaxaca.


Have a shiny Christmas!


Day of the Dead Events at Zinnia Folk Arts, 2014

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Here are a few photos of our Day of the Dead Celebration which included face painting, headband making and paper flower making in the shop. Thanks everyone for stopping in and joining us to talk about departed loved ones, the ways you remember them and to prepare for parties that you were attending that night! It was super fun...

Day of the Dead at Zinnia Folk Arts


Roundup of Past Day of the Dead Posts

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Day of the Dead is coming soon and in many places in Mexico, people are preparing for this special holiday. Today I thought I'd link you up to the posts I've done in the past about the amazing and beautiful holiday, Día de los Muertos. This is a roundup of old posts, so remember that the links are likely not working on the photos if the pieces have sold.

If you are interested in our current inventory of Day of the Dead folk art check here.

Day of the Dead Matadors

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What's the Difference between Day of the Dead and Halloween?

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Now that the Day of the Dead folk art is all over the shop, I've had people who are not familiar with Day of the Dead walk in, look around and say,  "It's like Halloween in Mexico, right?" 
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My Favorite Reference & Inspirational Books about Mexican Folk Art

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I am always learning about Mexican folk art and love to do it in different ways--traveling, talking to artisans, Pinterest, Los Amigos del Arte Popular, internet sites and blogs but I always fall back on my library of books. Some of these books are classics for the Mexican folk art aficionado and others are just great eye candy. I like to use them for reference and for inspiration.


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Mexican Day of the Dead Themed Weddings

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More and more people are really starting to "get" Day of the Dead. It's not a scary time in the Mexican world view, but a time for remembering and honoring people who are important. It is a time to do things to continue the connection that was started in life. If you are even remotely thinking about having a Día de los Muertos themed wedding, now is the time to get your supplies. Day of the Dead is coming up on November 1 and 2, so the folk art is starting to become available at Zinnia Folk Arts.  If you have an idea of something you'd like, you can special order and we'll pick it up on our next trip to Mexico in October, 2014.

Watch for more later from me about the super important holiday of Day of the Dead, but today I want to mention a trend that is becoming more popular: Day of the Dead Themed Weddings.  This lovely photo of the wedding cake with the calacas (skeletons) in the foreground is just one way to use Mexico's Day of the Dead folk arts in your wedding...This wedding photo is from right here.  If you're interested in these exact calacas, they can be found on our website in two sizes, so check these out!


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How I Live With Mexican Folk Art

Zinnia’s Anne Damon brings her worldview to an American classic

Stylemaker: Zinnia Folk Arts' Anne Damon
Photo by Photo by Alex Steinberg


Stylemaker: Anne Damon

What are your favorite places to shop in the Twin Cities?
Arc’s Value Village, Guild Collective, Hunt & Gather

Aside from Mexico, what other countries interest you?
I’m currently obsessed with Australia—there’s so much cool, creative stuff going on there!

Which local artists do you love?
I love Minnesota landscape artists, especially Fred Anderson, Tom Maakestad, Carl Oltvedt, and my brother, Paul Damon.

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Collecting and Displaying Folk Art

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Everyone has a different idea of home and how to select and arrange objects, whether it's folk art or other treasured belongings. Here are a few shots of living with folk art and a few simple ideas for collecting and displaying. Want more? Follow our Living With Folk Art Board on Pinterest.

1. Collections should be personal. They should always be what YOU want to collect.

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Mexican Silver Arracada or Crescent Hoop-Shaped Earrings

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One of the most common shapes for handmade earrings in Mexico is the "arracada" or crescent shaped. Many, many women wear arracadas made from sterling silver or gold. I've been told that In some regions (Zacatecas) the arracada earring is a gift to a very young girl from her relatives and she wears them exclusively. Some arracadas

Mexican Arracada Earrings

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Tacky Collections?

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We all know I've been a collector of Mexican stuff for a long time but I have a few things that I collect that you'll never see in the shop because they are so tacky no one would ever buy them! I am good at staying away from really bad ceramics, souvenirs such as ashtrays and shot glasses with the name of Mexican vacation spot, anything black velvet, Mexican sombreros, BUT, I do have a weakness for some tacky stuff that in my little weird world of "grouping multiples together"works for me and increases the coolness.  For example,

I love those old Mexican feather paintings of exotic birds! And those carved wooden frames--fantastic. Yes, I know they are super tacky but don't they look great all clumped together? This is the back office of the Zinnia world HQ. They started their lives in the 1950's as souvenirs for American visitors to Mexico. They all pretty much have the same tag on the back that describes (in English) the story of feathercraft. And note that this souvenir was $1.65. Every one is different, brightly colored and super tacky. Love it.

Do you collect anything that you'd only keep in your private office or somewhere out of the way?

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