Mexico Day of the Dead Recycled Auto Part Sculpture, "Rustic Petite Catrina"
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Catrina wears a whimsical hat with flowers and smiles a flirty grin. This sculpture by Armando Ramírez commemorates Mexico's Day of the Dead. The Catrina name refers to death personified who is always dressed in exuberant fashion and colors in order to lure mortals.
Always creative, Ramírez recycles castoff auto parts and discarded bits of metal. Wire mesh becomes a broad-brimmed bonnet while thick wire scraps and a cogwheel are transformed into her gown. The face comes from keys.
Ramírez does not give his sculptures a fine polished finish, therefore smudges and scratches may be present.
This artist is currently confronting a major life challenge.
Armando Ramirez has received 3 microcredit loans with 0% interest from Kiva and Novica, the first for $3500 and the most recent for $4000. Proceeds were used to buy materials and also a machine for soldering his metal art.
Armando has received 1st place from the regional contest of the Jaliscience Institute of Crafts for his sculptures.
Every purchase from this artist has a profound impact on their livelihood and income.
This artist has dramatically improved their livelihood by working with NOVICA.
Armando's income helps pay for the education of his two daughters.
This Product is awarded the Earth Friendly badge because it uses recycled or sustainable materials or techniques.
"Exquisite Vision and Craftsmanship"
This sculpture is remarkable. I don't know how the artist can look at disparate bits of scrap metal and envision such a variety of interesting and unique sculptures. I have purchased several pieces from this artist, but this catrina statue somehow manages to look delicate even though it's cobbled together from recycled auto parts. But it's definitely sturdy despite the delicate appearance. I am beyond impressed. I intended to give this as a gift, but I'm not sure I can part with it!
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