Sisterhood of Love
This post takes you on a special journey towards the creation of a painting. You will see through videos the steps to paint a large canvas (from initial sketches to completion). I have been doing this craft for so many years now that painting comes naturally to me. I usually envision a final piece of art without even sketching it. In this blog, I am opening the "doors" to my personal process of creation, so you can understand the work and the creative process of an artist.
My work has always been about sisterhoods. That is why when I met Shoshana a few months ago and she asked me to portray her mother and her sisters, I was thrilled! In order to start the commission, I visited Shoshana at her home, and we discussed the colours, format and composition, and general feeling of the artwork. Shosh loves embroidery and she was interested in my collaboration with a group of Mexican artisans from Oaxaca. We have been collaborating for over 4 years and our body of work merges my painting with exquisite hand made embroidery. I showed her samples of different styles of Oaxacan embroidery and she chose the classic style of embroidery called "San Antonino Castillo Velasco". The only twist to this technique is the threads, that in this case are gold and silver metallic instead of the classic cotton ones. The embroidery design and execution is overseen by my business partner Gaby Vilchiz, a textile designer and entrepreneur. She manages over 20 women artisans and supervises the quality of the work done by them.
I dedicate this blog post to Shoshana, her family, mother and two sisters!
To start the process, Shoshana sent me a photo of her family and we had a conversation over the phone to discuss the various personalities and the connections between them.
This is a stunning photo capturing a special moment between Sosh's mom and her three daughters!
I welcome you to my world! All videos were taken at my home-based studio. The videos are very personal (no make-up or special effects!). You will see the real me working hard and pouring my soul into my creation. Enjoy!!
DAY N.1- SKETCHING
DAY N.2- BACKGROUND
DAY N.3- PREPARING THE MOLDS FOR THE DRESSES (TO MEXICO)
DAY N.4- ADDING DETAILS TO BACKGROUND (METAL LEAVES)
DAY N.5- FIRST LAYER OF PAINT
ZOOM MEETING - VANCOUVER, OAXACA
A meeting with Shoshana, Gaby Vilchiz and Mode (the embroider) to decide the colours and designs of the dresses.
DAY N.6- FACIAL EXPRESSIONS
DAY N.7- CALMING THE BACKGROUND
DAY N.8- FACIAL EXPRESSIONS- MORE LAYERS
MEXICAN EMBROIDERY- READY!
Mode, the embroidery artisan from Oaxaca, Mexico, completed the four dresses for the painting. According to what was agreed on the ZOOM call, she used gold and silver metallic threads to embroider the four dresses. Below are the designs ready to be shipped to Vancouver!
DAY N.9- FACIAL EXPRESSIONS- MORE LAYERS
DAY N.10- DRESSES ARRIVED IN VANCOUVER!
A BIG THANK YOU FROM MODE, AND ALL THE ARTISANS FROM MEXICO
Due to Covid-19, the city of Oaxaca has been badly impacted. This small colonial city relies on tourism as the main source of income for artisans. This commission supported Mode, a very talented wife and mother, who works from home to support her family. Mode specializes in the embroidery technique called San Antonino Castillo Velasco and has been working as an embroider since she was young. The tradition of hand made embroidery is in danger of extinction due to the younger generations choosing different sources of income.
DAY N.11- FINAL DETAILS
DAY N.12- THANK YOU & GOOD BYE!
FINAL PHOTO OF THE ARTWORK, READY FOR DELIVERY!
"Sisterhood of Love" 48" x 60' Oil & acrylic paint merged with Mexican Embroidery.