In my last post I mentioned that my mum and my shop, Mrs MacBeth's Department Store, would be popping up at our local arts festival for the weekend. It was such a fun weekend, we met so many lovely people and had quite a few sales. Here I am in a dress that I painted especially for the weekend. I took the motifs from the Mexican Loteria game:
The cards have such amazing pictures and brilliant rhymes that go alongside them. One of my favourites is for La Luna- 'El farol de los enamorados' meaning the lamp or lantern of lovers! They are all very beautiful and poetic. I also recently discovered that often the caller will make up their own riddles or poems- the more oblique the rhyme the better the caller and the harder it is for the player to win! I definitely recommend investing in a set if you haven't got one yet (you can purchase them from Viva La Frida alongside many other delights!)
Our space at the festival was in a window of a new charity shop that has just opened in Penryn. They are encouraging people to make the most of their old furniture and re-paint it, mend it etc. Although I really hate the term 'up-cycling', I do think this shop is a very welcome addition. So much gets thrown away and the comments coming from customers suggested that people were really excited to see the things you could do with old furniture! I painted a table that I got for £15 from a charity shop. I used french enamels and pasted a painting of Frida and Diego that I did a while ago on top. To make it more durable I used Rustins varnish. We used the table to work from for the weekend.
The rest of our window was decorated with a variety of wonders made by my mum including heart and parrot pinatas, fabrics and soft sculptures.
It was such a fun event, we had a very jolly time making pom poms, wrap weaving and chatting to everybody!
Calico dress hand-painted using acrylics- Made by me
1970s floral skirt part of a waistcoat/skirt suit- Vintage stall at Port Elliot
Peruvian Embroidered Belt- Gift from a friend
Wooden orange beads- Charity shop
1970s Hungarian Blouse- Belonged to my Aunty
Floral and bird patterned tights- Local market
Pom pom headdress- Mrs MacBeth's Department Store
Hand-painted red clogs- From ebay, painted by me
Hand-painted espadrilles- Coming this week to Mrs MacBeth's Department Store!