The highlight of our final day in the jungle is the feast prepared by Ofelia’s family of Pibipollo, a local dish made for special occasion of chicken inside a giant corn meal crust. The whole thing is roasted underground for hours and cut up like a pie to eat.
Tortillas were prepared over an open fire.
In the evening we had a closing program and all the participants presented their work. Please use your imagination here … I was taking these pics at night with my iphone.
One of the more successful projects in my group was Sebastian’s wooden bowls. They were one of the simplest concepts, their form taken from the crumbling pyramids, and as always simple is the winner.
The greatest disappointments in my group was this lamp by Paulina Lopez. I loved the idea, but it definitely needed more time. Paulina wanted to use the hammock weaving as a lamp, and the weaving structure would be very beautiful backlit, but as you can see the prototype failed. I still give her an A for effort. She wove almost the entire thing and learned much in the process.
Some of the projects I loved from other workshops were this snake toy, another project by Daniel (the dowels will get sanded off).
And this fruit bowl abstracted from a Chac Mool figure by Iraîs (I believe).
And with this the workshop ended. Tomorrow I will head to Tulum for a week with John to work on my tan and learn to kite board. The students will head back to school. I am so happy to have had the opportunity to attend the Mayan Design Workshop. I saw an amazing slice of Mexico and met some very talented people – teachers and young designers alike. And the travel was certainly good for my creative spirit – lots of new information to process. I’m all jazzed on the colors and handicraft of Mexico.