As the project progresses towards its final stages, Austin students have been hard at work crafting unique and unusual details for their ofrendas.
Where most crates are a riot of color, Olivia’s is entirely monochrome– her grandfather was colorblind! She owns his beautiful, red leather-bound copy of Lewis’ Mere Christianity, but didn’t want to leave it in the art room, or paint it over to match with her color scheme. With the help of student teacher Emily, she hand-bound a replica in gray mat board.
Carolyn’s colors are a little sunnier… and she’s filled the crate with suncatchers, too. Her shrine for her great-grandmother is cozy and warm. She even knit a small blanket to fill it.
Taylor’s uncle worked as a freelance artist in New York. He made theatrical posters, and he designed materials for products like Scrubbing Bubbles and the 3 Musketeers bar. Taylor represented the city’s streets and her uncle’s love of music and art by building Broadway in miniature. She even recreated the intricate neon sign for the classic musical 42nd Street.