meet macario

Meet Macario and his lovely 11 year old daugter Alondra. 

SONY DSCHe is one of the representative leaders of his community Protrero de Palimita in Nayarit, where we are making the beautiful, brightly colored pillows which you can buy here.

SONY DSC

Macario specializes in beading (remember those beautiful beaded necklaces we had a few months back?) and thread painting, we don’t sell those but I have a few pieces of his work in my own personal collection. I’ll have to take some pics and get them up here.

SONY DSC

We’re planning a number of exciting community project with him in addition to continually creating new and exciting 

collaborations with their artisans. 

SONY DSCSONY DSC

E m b r o i d e r y

Samples of our long-awaited embroidery pieces have arrived!

We’re using modern embroidery designs on our classic wool blankets and pillows to give them a POP of some bright summer colors that we’ve been craving.

We’ll have these in stock starting next month in lots of bright color variations with exciting one of a kind modern designs.

Let me know what you think, what colors are YOU craving  now? 

SONY DSC

SONY DSC SONY DSC

mano de santo

SONY DSC

Mano de Santo 

Hand-carved (with a pocket knife!) aromatic cedar hands and heart.

Incredibly beautiful just as they are or hang them on a wall. Coming soon, feet to match ♥

Buy them here in our shop

Mexchic Muses: Nahui Olin

I recently saw a brilliant exhibition at the Museo Tamayo in Mexico City on the artist/muse relationship between Mexican poet/artist/muse Nahui Olin and her lover the eccentric Mexican artist/dreamer/imaginary city builder Dr. Atl

olin 6

Nahui Olin, currently my newest and most favorite Mexchic muse, modeled for many great artists and photographers, most notably Tina ModattiDiego Rivera and Edward Weston.

She was a modern woman quite ahead of her time. Her painting is quirky and naive and I adore the exaggeration of her huge alien green eyes along with the sense of humor she emits.

She’s having fun, isn’t she just fabulous?!  

olin 7

Take me to your leader

olin 1

Kinda looks like Mia Farrow here, no?

olin 2

the eyes have it!

olin 3

olin 4

Can please have your headdress collection? 

olin 5

hello gorgeous! 

sheila hicks

Sheila Hicks R O C K S

read this NYT article on her 

sh 1 sh 2 Sh 3

see what I mean? 

G I V E A W A Y !

We’ve got a giveaway brewing.

The entire month of March we’ll be promoting new LIKES on our Mexchic FB Page, so give us some

LIKE LOVE!

On April fool’s day (April 1 if you forgot which day that was…)

we’ll randomly choose two winners to receive a beautiful loomed blanket or an aromatic hand carved cedar heart.

Tell your amigos about it, spread the word!

Here is a link to the entry form

ojo de dios 4 h3

F R E E S H I P P I N G !

We’re shaking things up a bit over here at Mexchic HQ and decided over a big cup of really good (locally grown) coffee this morning to just go for it and give anyone living in the continental USA, Canada and Mexico, FREE SHIPPPING from here on out. ALWAYS! And if you happen live anywhere else, you’ll get an automatic 50% off shipping discount. Shipping is such an annoying expense for everyone, so we thought, let’s just get rid of it! Easy as that right?

You Bet.

You’re welcome, have a great day! 

xo,

Christina

free shipping flyer

….DO go out and tell everyone you know….

f a v o r i t e things

Recently I’ve been working on ideas for some new artisan collaborations for Mexchic and decided to poke around Pinterest for inspiration. I officially jumped on the pinning bandwagon wanting more or less to see what the big deal was. So after a few weeks spent hanging out with this Pinterest, my new BFF, until 3am some nights, I can say I am officially addicted.

It’s CRAZY and I LOVE it

There is just so much on there to find out about, in a visual way, kind of like how when you go into black holes of searching out random chains of knowledge on Wikipedia, but not. It’s also just a ridiculously fantastic way for us creatives to keep up with all our ideas and inspirations. 

So, while there, pinning/image hoarding at 2 am, I’ve discovered so many new artists I think my head might explode. One of them is the brilliant Sarah Boyts Yoder

1400x720-hX8GBWakQuGAvFX9

Sarah Boyts Yoder
Magenta Bun
2012
Collage on paper
18″x14″

She’s got this incredible movement and sense of color that I’ve been jonesing lately. I’m especially partial to her paintings and drawings that have hot pink with strong black lines. 

 And then yesterday afternoon, I was poking around the fall fashion shows shown on style.com I came across this colorful furry coat by Tom Ford. I was not that into the rest of his collection, but some of the pieces like this jacket, I thought were quite cool. Not to mention gave me more hot pink and thick black line to muse over. 

YVL_4640.450x675

Tom Ford
Fall 2013

So today, I’ve got some color choosing to do for a new line of hand woven cotton throw blankets we’ve got coming out in a month and I’m surely going to take this love for hot pink with black thick line thing into consideration. 

Oh, I also discovered this fantastic blog while cruising around Pinterest: The Jealous Curator which writes witty little posts discussing new contemporary art works. LOVE it!  I rarely have time to go blog surfing but this is now one of my daily morning reading rituals. Today’s post on artist Jon Widman is especially exhilarating

xo,

c

We LOVE this product for cleaning sweaters

It’s going to be warming up come March, which means it will be time to put away your Mexchic Cozy wool sweaters. But before you do that you’ll need to have them cleaned, by either a professional dry cleaning service or lightly hand washing them in cold water with bit woolite and letting them dry flat. 
 
I also want to recommend this amazing product we recently discovered in an outdoor market in Mexico, for getting rid of those awful little balls (piles) that tend to show up when you’ve lovingly over-used a sweater.
 
It’s made with 100% natural volcanic rock and is sooo much better to your knits than those electric sweater grinders, I have ruined many a cashmere knit trying to clean using one of those. I’ve spent the last few days cleaning my sweater collection with this product and it literally works miracles. Sweaters I thought were doomed to be thrown out from collecting so many little balls, were renewed completely with this little volcanic buddy of mine.  OK, I’m starting to sound like some random midnight infomercial, but really it works and I highly recommend it for cleaning our sweaters. Nuf said.

Image