Day of the Dead in a van in the UK

Travelling has been bittersweet. You have to be in certain places to experience certain things; new people, culture, architecture. Lifelong friends and deep kin connections in one hemisphere, and yourself, located in the other. I have found it can be easy to feel isolated, even in a full house or the crowded streets of a large city. 

Dia de los Meurtos is deeply connecting. Everyone misses their dead. Is it one of the few commonalities we all share?  Transgressing age, socioeconomic status, gender, race…our loved ones die, and we miss them.

It is grounding to spend a few days in reflection and contemplation of lost friends and family. Autumn is here and the dark days of winter are just around the corner but October and the start of November has been filled with colours, crafting successes, warmth, food, candle light, drawing calaveras and memories. I posted previously about bits and pieces of what I was making, you should be able to view that post in full here.

NB; I failed to post this when I was supposed to, instead I spent most of November alternating between preparation and panic for our upcoming travels. Now that time is here, and I have come a full circle back to contemplating ups and downs of lives, loves and losses. This newfound quiet time is as good a time as any to post photos of our sweet, tiny home at maximum fire threat! Paper-plus-candles is a terrible idea when it all goes wrong, but while it is good it is so so good….

Monarch butterfly hats day of the dead

Waiting for the glue to dry

Glass tea light shrine day of the dead

The tea candle lanterns

Calaveras monarch butterflies day of the dead celebration

Calavera and the butterfly

Day of the dead shrine crafts skull butterflies

Because of course we did

Travelling day of the dead shrine boondocking

Reflection, memories and love

Skull face painted dia de los muertos

Full face paint fierceness

Monarch butterfly top hat costume

I met this guy at a crossroads at midnight he seemed pretty cool

Couple Bath gin bar day of the dead costume

‘Til death do we party

Shadow silouette couple park ghostly photography

The eerie last photo from the camera the search party found

About kellymarietheartist

I am an artist who, up until recently, was living and exhibiting within Toowoomba and the greater Granite Belt district. I have since packed up and left Australia, and am currently living and working in England. My work engages the craft involved in handmaking within a contemporary art context. I am drawn to the physicality of repetitive textile processes, and this is transcribed though the tactile quality of my forms. In particular, processes such as crochet, sewing and rug making serve as a proxy for growth within my personal environment. Many of my works imitate situations in nature, and they form organically as I create each individual piece, each addition both a continuation and re-enforcement of its predecessors. I enjoy using recycled materials for many of my works. Using crochet and other textile techniques to do this is an important part of my work as it celebrates a tradition of craft that has historically been relegated to 'women's work', with all the negative connotations that entails.
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