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MEXICALICOASTAL LIVING

DIA DE LOS MUERTOS + HALLOWEEN

by Gardenia Ramirez |

The Day of the Dead or Dia de los Muertos in Mexico is now a fiesta embraced by the world. It’s so wonderful watching this country catch up to the fun customs Mexico has been doing for so long! What used to be a relatively unknown holiday and custom when I was growing up is now a BIG...

EN VIA // SMALL GROUP IN OAXACA MAKING A BIG IMPACT

by Gardenia Ramirez |

"If you educate a man you educate an individual, but if you educate a woman, you educate a village." I often think about this African proverb when making my way through small villages in Mexico. When i'm visiting artists' communities, it's the women who I meet, talk too and collaborate with. It is with them, that I do business. It's the...

10 FOR 10 #FUERZAMEXICO

by Gardenia Ramirez |

By now we have all seen and heard the terrifying images coming through from Mexico city. Devastation, fear and loss have gripped the city and the country. With crumbling buildings still falling, the massive search and rescue efforts will last days and weeks ahead. For this disaster to befall Mexico on the anniversary of the 1985 quake is truly astounding....

LOW TECH SOLUTIONS BUILD MATH SKILLS IN RURAL VILLAGE SCHOOL // BY DIANE DOUGLAS

by Gardenia Ramirez |

Mexico ranks lowest in math education among OECD nations. It has nothing to do with the ability of the kids. What can change this sad reality? A great day in school today, I remember thinking. We finally got...

THE ANCIENT ART OF HUICHOL YARN PAINTINGS

by Gardenia Ramirez |

It's been said that every artist dips their paint brush into their own souls. I feel this sentiment really rings true with the indigenous artwork I encounter when traveling in Mexico. When confronted with the yarn art of the Huicholes (the indigenous community from the state of Nayarit, Mexico,) we are able to see the stories of their past, their...

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