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Norma writes for Selvedge Magazine Issue #109 -- Rise Up, November 2022
Norma Writes for Selvedge Latin Issue #89
What is a Study Tour: Our programs are designed as learning experiences, and as such we talk with weavers about how and why they create, what is meaningful to them in their designs, the ancient history of patterning and design, use of color, tradition and innovation, values and cultural continuity, and the social context within which they work. First and foremost, we are educators. Norma worked in top US universities for over 35 years and Eric founded the education department at Oaxaca’s textile museum. Our interest is in creating connection and artisan economic development.
Why We Left, Expat Anthology: Norma’s Personal Essay
Norma Contributes Two Chapters!
- Norma Schafer and Oaxaca Cultural Navigator LLC has offered programs in Mexico since 2006. We have over 30 years of university program development experience. See my resume.
Study Toursd are personally curated and introduce you to Mexico's greatest artisans. They are off-the-beaten path, internationally recognized. We give you access to where people live and work. Yes, it is safe and secure to travel. Groups are limited in size for the most personal experience.
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The Tin Maker, Oaxaca, Mexico
Hammering designs out of tin that become frames for photographs, mirrors and paintings, treasure boxes and decorative embellishment like Frida’s winged heart, is a traditional art form in Oaxaca, Mexico. You can find hand-hammered tin in all the markets, made with varying levels of quality. Known as hojalata, hand-hammered tin is beautiful and lightweight.
Tools of the tin maker trade fascinate me. From a sheet of thin metal, an expert tin maker can hammer many complex designs. One of my favorite shops is Tirso Cuevas, located at the corner of Reforma and Abasolo. It is on the same side of the street as La Olla Restaurant and Las Bugambilias B&B, but the entrance is on Abasolo. You actually have to stand at the barred window to ask to enter and they will come to the locked door and open it for you.
Why? Because they are in the corner of an old adobe casa that is in dire need of restoration. Everything inside is a potential hazard for accident. Walls are crumbling and some are held in place by hefty pieces of wood. The tin makers work on a packed dirt floor with tools helter-skelter. When I enter, I step carefully and always keep my eyes on the floor.
I have come here many times for small gifts. This time, I made a custom order for a large mirror for our bathroom. It was ready, as promised in two days! Un milagro aqui! If you have to wait, there’s even a place to rest if you are so inclined.
Don’t let the disrepair of the location deter you. The beauty of this shop is that they also sell works of art by well-known Oaxaca artists that they can also frame for you. The art is primarily lithographs, seriagraphs, and woodcuts. They are available here for much less than at other galleries in the Centro Historico.
Artesanias de Hojalata & Enmarcado de Obras de Arte, Tirso Cuevas, Abasolo 201, at the corner of Reforma, Oaxaca, 68000, Cellular 951-114-8403, email email@example.com
Posted in Cultural Commentary, Oaxaca Mexico art and culture, Travel & Tourism
Tagged hammered, Mexico, Oaxaca, tin