Modern designs can be items that are “trendy”. Lately, I’ve noticed the growing popularity of skulls and sugar skulls in Western culture – you can find them in all shapes and sizes plastered all over t-shirts, as ornaments in jewelry, illustrated in graffiti or tattooed on someone’s arm. Yes, skulls are gaining mainstream popularity and so no wonder you are seeing more fabrics depicting them (Tula Pink – De La Luna Line, Alexander Henry lines). Within the Western culture, skulls usually depict the dark, macabre and gruesome death, however sugar skulls’ origin springs from Mexico. Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos) is a Mexican holiday, celebrated on the 1st and 2nd November in connection with the Catholic holidays of All Saint’s Day and All Hollow’s Day. The Sugar skulls are often used to decorate the gravestones of the deceased. The reason they are called “sugar skulls” is because the authentic sugar skulls were made out of clay molded sugar, decorated with feathers, colored beads, foils and icing. These sugar skulls are very colorful and whimsical, not scary at all.
This month we are looking at a:
Raw Edge Applique technique
We want to create a skull, with a flower crown, on a monochromatic black background.