The here and now... and what and why

Complacency is a trap. At least that’s what I was thinking when I up and left the comfort of a Yankee prep school gig, where I taught music, amongst other things, for 28 years. There was also that life long career as a composer, musician and artist.

First, it was a year in St. Thomas, USVI, working as a reporter and shooting photography and then, a year in San Agustin Etla, Oaxaca, Mexico.
Time passed.
More time passed and a year back in the Athens of America followed by a hasty return to Oaxaca where it is all happening.
A couple of years in San Sebastian Etla and now, just down the road in San Pablo Etla. Life is good.

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Oaxaca, Oaxaca, Mexico
Musician, photographer, videographer, reporter, ex-officio teacher, now attempting to be a world traveler

Monday, September 26, 2016

Seeing red....

This is Fidel Cruz of Casa Cruz in Teotitlan del Valle as he works his magic.
He and his wife, Maria Louisa, are true masters and those are words not lightly uttered.  They are constantly experimenting with colors and new ways of producing them.  And, like many others in Teotitlan, their work is simply amazing.  You will just have to go visit them.   I was there as Fidel, working to produce the vivid red of cochineal, turned this....
 and this...
Into this.....
After sitting in this.
And this is just one of many colors, all natural, which everyone says theirs are, but theirs really are.

All of which go into their work.
And... here's one of theirs which now blesses mi casa.
 The rug, not the boy.


sonya melescu said...

WOW!!!!! BEAUTIFUL!!!!! I love watching them dye, and weave. The rug will be very happy in your casa.

itchyfeet said...

Thanks so much for sharing all the wonders of Oaxaca with us. Wish I was there.

Christopher Stowens said...

It's a tough job... no really, I feel so lucky to be living the life I'm living.