Dia dos Muertos- (Day of the Dead)
holiday celebrated throughout Mexico, in
particular the Central and South
regions, and by people of Mexican
ancestry living in other places,
especially the United States. It is
acknowledged internationally in many
other cultures and celebrated in
connection with the Catholic holidays of
All Saint's Day and All Hollow's Day.
The multi-day holiday focuses on
gatherings of family and friends to pray
for and remember friends and family
members who have died, and help support
their spiritual journey.
La Belleza de los Muertos means ‘Beauty
of the Dead.” Beautiful sugar
skulls are often used to decorate
the gravestones of the deceased and many
of the sugar skulls are decorated with
meant to symbolize life. The
skull symbolizes death but in a positive
manner an in Mexico it is believed that
death is not the final stage in one’s
life but rather a step forward into a
higher level of conscience and rebirth.
La Belleza de los Muertos ‘Bella’ is my
interpretation of a beaded sugar skull
with flower patterns on her and is
deeply bezeled 14mm Swarovski rivolis.
I have used tubular peyote with
my Pinch-in-the-Ditch technique for the
side flowers and sculptural peyote for
the hollow 3D sugar skull.