Weill in Oaxaca

Description: featured project thumbnailCynthia Weill is a renowned author of many award winning bilingual children's books in English and Spanish. These books for young children, known as the First Concepts in Mexican Folk Art series (Cinco Puntos Press an imprint of Lee & Low Publishers) utilize hand-crafted figures made by rural artisans from the state of Oaxaca, Mexico. Beginning in 2003, Weill began collaborating with artisans to create lively and colorful figures made of papier-mâché, wood, ceramics, and totomoxtle (woven palm). These anthropomorphic and human figures are then photographed and incorporated into her bilingual children's books, which include ABeCedarios: Mexican Folk Art Alphabets in Spanish and English, Opuestos: Mexican Folk Art Opposites in Spanish and English; Colores de la Vida; Count Me In!, Mi Familia Calaca, Animal Talk, Let's Work and Vámonos. It can take months for the artisans and their families to hand make the work for any given book. Throughout the process of working, Cindy visits daily with the artisans and their families. She has developed deep friendships with many of her collaborators whose work is part of the collection. All of the whimsical and artistically refined pieces depicted in her publications are now a part of the permanent collection. These works form a key part of the Field Museum's extensive collection of 20th and 21st century Mexican Folk Art.