From time immemorial, the artisans of the Lake Pátzcuaro region have made diverse objects from tule and chuspata, a variety of bulrush. At first, they only produced bedrolls, the use of which continues to this day among indigenous peoples. Today they make baskets, floor coverings, and a variety of decorative figures, representing images of daily life in the surrounding area, revolutionary (armed) guards, religious figures, angels, virgens, musicinas, fishes, planes, skeletons…etc.
Miguel Ramirez Perez, (Ichupio, Tzintzuntzan, Michoacan, MX), and his fantastic world made of straw and “chuspata” (a variety of bulrush). All material used is obtained on Lake Patzcuaro’s lakeshore.
You can find Miguel on the lake road between Tzintzuntzan and Ihuatzio, at Ichupio’s level… or on the Tzintzuntzan market, mainly on Saturdays and Sundays…
Can you imagine a world without the artisans?… I cannot!
Support the artisans, buy from them!
© Florence Leyret Jeune
Doug Jones spent an average of five hours sitting in the makeup chair as his team of David Marti, Montse Ribe and Xavi Bastida applied the makeup for the Faun, which was mostly latex foam. The last piece to be applied was the pair of horns, which weighed ten pounds and were extremely tiring to wear. The legs were a unique design, with Jones standing on eight-inch-high lifts, and the legs of the Faun attached to his own. His lower leg was eventually digitally erased in post production. Servos in the head flapped the Faun’s ears and blinked the eyes, and were remotely operated by David Marti and Xavi Bastida from DDT Efectos Especiales while on set. Del Toro told Jones to “go rock star… like a glam rocker. But less David Bowie, more Mick Jagger”.