The Ziricote has probably been in cultivation since the time of the Mayan Empire, used for its edible fruit. As you can see, the flowers are gorgeous. Pleats radiate from centre of each flower and are perfect for my collage technique that explores tonal variations in light reflective fabrics such as satins and velvets. There is a lot of cutting, but the results should be worth the effort.
Hanging art in the studio for Easter visitors. I am open by appointment throughout the year and already have several people booked in over the Easter Holiday.
With Spring still elusive, I have returned to thoughts of warm Mexican sunshine, with Iguanas basking on branches. This is the beginnings of the very detailed dye-work for a male Green Iguana (I know orange seems unlikely, but when he wants to impress this is their colour of choice)
My first textile collage of the extraordinary wildlife and colour of Southern Mexico. 'Wild Mexico; Hummingbirds, Motmot and More. You can find more about it at http://amandarichardsonartist.com/content/wild-mexico-hummingbirds-motmo...
The birds and butterflies are flying about and deciding where to settle on this bough above Sumidero Canyon.
A Rusty-tipped Page and Azure-crowned Hummingbird to add to throng around the still to be created orchids.
Bonampak with its ancient Maya buildings filled with coloured murals is even more colourful outside. This video gives a taste of a place both vibrant and ancient.
Violet-crowned and Ruby-throated Hummingbirds ready to join the throng above Sumidero Canyon.
Mexico in February was full of life and colour, with birds and bugs and animals filling flowering trees with life. This was reflected in the craft market in San Cristobal in Chiapas, southern Mexico. Almost all the stalls sold textiles created and sold by the local women. Here is a short video to show you around.
Having completed the Russet-crowned Motmot I have added a Mexican Bluewing to keep it amused.