Weill in Oaxaca

Description: featured project thumbnailCynthia Weill is a renowned author of many highly successful bilingual children's books in English and Spanish, which utilize hand-crafted figures made by the talented artisans from the state of Oaxaca, Mexico. Beginning in the early 2010's, Weill began collaborating with various artisans to create lively and colorful figures made of papier-mâché, wood, ceramics, and basketry. These anthropomorphic and human figures are then photographed and incorporated into her bilingual children's books, such as ABeCedarios: Mexican Folk Art ABCs, Count Me In! and Mi Familia Calaca. 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.