Thursday, March 19, 2015

My Illustrations for Avanzadoras

I am one of the twelve 12 women illustrators who have made two illustrations forAvanzadoras: a CD-Book tribute to the women who fight for their rights in the world. 

The CD-Book is published by Oxfam Intermon and it tells the stories of 12 active women, who are committed leaders working to involve women in decision-making spaces, helping them find decent jobs and become financially independent and also helping them have a life free of violence and access to health and education.

My first illustration pays tribute to María Morales, a K'iche Maya leader in Guatemala, well known for her commitment to the rights of indigenous women. 

When she was 16 she became involved in youth groups in her community and she learned how to read and write. Now, as the general 

coordinator of the Majawil Q'ij ("New Dawn") organization, which currently has over 3,000 members, she helps women in situations of 

violence and poverty.

María denounces the triple threat of violence faced by indigenous women in Guatemala. On the one hand, racism. On the 

other, political violence from the army and the police, which she felt especially especially felt during the armed conflict when the army 

tried to kidnap her. And finally, intra-household domestic violence.

Training is key to empowering women and ending the violence. Maria informs them of their rights as women and also promotes 

 male participation in these activities.

María: "I have never shared the idea that women should be at home. We have to participate in everything."

"I believed that violence was normal but with my work in the organization I realized it was not."

The second illustration is for a song in the CD sung by Spanish singer Leonor Watling. It's a cover of "Natural Woman" by Carole King.

The lyrics say:

Looking out on the morning rain
I used to feel uninspired
And when I knew I had to face another day
Lord, it made me feel so tired
Before the day I met you, life was so unkind
But your love was the key to peace of mind
Cause you make me feel, you make me feel,
You make me feel like a natural woman
When my soul was in the lost-and-found
You came along to claim it
I didn't know just what was wrong with me
Till your kiss helped me name it
Now I'm no longer doubtful of what I'm living for
And if I make you happy I don't need to do more
Cause you make me feel, you make me feel,
You make me feel like a natural woman
Oh, baby, what you've done to me
You make me feel so good inside
And I just want to be close to you
You make me feel so alive
Cause you make me feel, you make me feel,
You make me feel like a natural woman

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

My socks for PeSeta

Yeyyy! I've collaborated with PeSeta again! 

This time I made this fun pattern for a pair of socks! 

You can find them HERE

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Sunday, November 9, 2014

My collages for El Corte Inglés Online

I've made a series of 11 collages for El Corte Inglés. You can see them online here:

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Featured in Tractor Girl!

Thank you so much, Julie Gibbons, for featuring my work and interview in your awesome blog Tractor Girl. Click in the image to see the whole post.

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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

My patterns featured in PatterPrints Journal

Thank you so much, Barbara Mazzoleni, for featuring my pattern design in your wonderful blog, PatternPrints Journal. Click in the image to see the whole post.

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Sunday, June 1, 2014

Friday, February 28, 2014

Animal Collective

Here's my new series of 10 collages. It's a collaborative commission with John Hering.

As Thoth's alter ego, A'an also appears as a dog faced baboon or a man with the head of a baboon when he is A'an, the god of equilibrium.[20] In the form of A'ah-Djehuty he took a more human-looking form.These forms are all symbolic and are metaphors for Thoth's attributes. The Egyptians did not believe these gods actually looked like humans with animal heads.For example, Ma'at is often depicted with an ostrich feather, "the feather of truth," on her head, or with a feather for a head. 
Here we also can see the bird within A'an.

In early Egyptian mythology, Anhur (also spelled Onuris, Onouris, An-Her, Anhuret, Han-Her, Inhert) was originally a god of war who was worshipped in the Egyptian area of Abydos, and particularly in Thinis. Myths told that he had brought his wife, Menhit, who was his female counterpart, from Nubia, and his name reflects this—it means (one who) leads back the distant one.
One of his titles was Slayer of Enemies. Anhur was depicted as a bearded man wearing a robe and a headdress with four feathers, holding a spear or lance, or occasionally as a lion-headed god (representing strength and power). 
Due to his position as a war god, he was patron of the ancient Egyptian army, and the personification of royal warriors. Indeed, at festivals honoring him, mock battles were staged. During the Roman era the Emperor Tiberius was depicted on the walls of Egyptian temples wearing the distinctive four-plumed crown of Anhur.

In Greek mythology, Atlas (/ˈætləs/; Ancient Greek: Ἄτλας) was the primordial Titan who held up the celestial sphere. He is also the titan of astronomy and navigation. Although associated with various places, he became commonly identified with the Atlas Mountains in northwest Africa (Modern-day Morocco and Algeria). 
Here we can see Atlas and his family holding planets and stars.

Daksha: According to Hindu legend, Daksha is one of the sons of Lord Brahma, who, after creating the ten Manas Putras, created Daksha, Dharama, Kamadeva and Agnifrom his right thumb, chest, heart and eye-brows respectively.Besides his noble birth, Daksa was a great king. Pictures show him as a rotund and obese man with a stocky body, protruding belly, and muscular with the head of an ibex-like creature with spiral horns.

Yajna:In Hinduism, yajña (Sanskrit: यज्ञ; IAST: yajña, also transliterated yagya or yadnya) or yagam (Tamil: யாகம்), is a ritual of offerings accompanied by chanting of Vedic mantras (also "worship, prayer, praise, offering and oblation, sacrifice" according to Monier-Williams) derived from the practice in Vedic times.

Here's the Story of Daksha’s Yajna

The fauna of mirrors is an ancient Chinese myth that behind every mirror there is an entirely different world. This other dimension is home to creatures that are unknown to earth. The inhabitants are in no way similar to the creatures of earth.

The lynx  has a prominent role in Greek, Norse, and North American mythology. It is considered an elusive and mysterious creature, known in some American Indian traditions as a 'keeper of secrets'. It is also believed to be gifted with supernatural eyesight, capable of seeing even through solid objects. As a result, it often symbolises the unravelling of hidden truths, and the psychic power of clairvoyance.

Ganesha, also spelled Ganesa, also known as Ganapati and Vinayaka is a widely worshipped deity in the Hindu pantheon. His image is found throughout India and Nepal. Hindu sects worship him regardless of affiliations. Devotion to Ganesha is widely diffused and extends to Jains, Buddhists, and beyond India. 
Although he is known by many attributes, Ganesha's elephant head makes him easy to identify. Ganesha is widely revered as the remover of obstacles, the patron of arts and sciences and the deva of intellect and wisdom. As the god of beginnings, he is honoured at the start of rituals and ceremonies. Ganesha is also invoked as patron of letters and learning during writing sessions. 

The Eye of Providence (or the all-seeing eye of God) is a symbol showing an eye often surrounded by rays of light or a glory and usually enclosed by a triangle. It is sometimes interpreted as representing the eye of God watching over humankind (or divine providence). In the modern era, the most notable depiction of the eye is the reverse of the Great Seal of the United States, which appears on the United States one-dollar bill.

The mouse is somewhat similar to the black sheep in terms of symbolism. The logo and mount of Ganesh, the first son of Shiva and Parvati, was a mouse. Mythical scholars say it represents the aspect of the Divine within us. The word is associated with the Sanskrit, "musa," deriving from the root word, "mus," meaning "to steal." This little gang are the Gods of Fraud, just look at their Mafia style.

Gods with the "V" of Victory of The Law of the Jungle. (in a world where a sloth would probably defeat a tiger or a bull...)

"The Law of the Jungle" is an expression that means "every man for himself," "anything goes," "might makes right," "survival of the strongest," "survival of the fittest," "kill or be killed," "dog eat dog" and "eat or be eaten,". The Oxford English Dictionary, defines the Law of the Jungle as "the code of survival in jungle life, now usually with reference to the superiority of brute force or self-interest in the struggle for survival." It is also known as jungle law or frontier justice.

Thoth was considered one of the most important deities of the Egyptian pantheon. In art, he was often depicted as a man with the head of an ibis (bird) or a baboon (see next collage Titled A'an, where this same god is depicted as a monkey), animals sacred to him.

The Egyptians credited him as the author of all works of science, religion, philosophy, and magic. The Greeks further declared him the inventor of astronomy,astrology, the science of numbers, mathematics, geometry, land surveying, medicine, botany, theology, civilized government, the alphabet, reading, writing, and oratory. They further claimed he was the true author of every work of every branch of knowledge, human and divine.

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Monday, December 16, 2013

Veraluna AW 2013

Once again Hoss Intropia and Intermon Oxfam have collaborated in a new collection of Veraluna, using my paterrns and illustrations:

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Friday, October 25, 2013


Freehand is a book of sketching tips and techniques that invite you to experiment with them. The author, Helen Birch, is an artist and drawing lecturer based in UK.

There are more than a hundred ideas and techniques featured by different artists. There are doodles, collages, intricate pieces, realistic ones, illustrations and many more.

I'm honored to be featured twice on the book with two different techniques!

Background and Space (pages 18 and 19)
Digital Manipulation (pages 48 and 49)

You can purchase the book here 

Here's a good review of the book by Parka Blogs

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