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Old 10-22-2008, 05:07 AM
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Day of the Dead Crafts: More Than 24 Projects that Celebrate Da de los Muertos


There’s only so many pumpkin faces and candy corn necklaces one can make before Halloween and Day of the Dead craft ideas become as stale as the leftover candy in the Jack-O-Lantern bucket.

DAY OF THE DEAD CRAFTS: More Than 24 Projects that Celebrate Día de Los Muertos by Kerry Arquette, Andrea Zocchi, and Jerry Vigil gives crafters the chance to renew their Halloween and Day of the Dead celebrations with novel new craft projects. Not just for traditional revelers, DAY OF THE DEAD CRAFTS also features projects for trendsetters, folk artists, and gothic-inspired crafters looking for some unique ideas which dance a bit on the dark side.

This one-of-a-kind guide features:
· Step-by-step instructions for more than two dozen projects including sugar skulls, masks, candles, altars, jewelry, skeletons and more, complete with illustrative photos, patterns, and templates
· Crafts that reflect the spirited, colorful Mexican heritage, folk art, and popular gothic, skull, and skeleton motifs
· A history of Día de los Muertos accompanied by a glossary of terms to help guide any crafter, teacher, or student through the traditions of this holiday

While the Day of the Dead, or Día de los Muertos, is a two-day celebration that hails from Mexico, it has become more popular than ever in the U.S., with festivals taking place in major cities across the country. Just in time for this year’s festivities, DAY OF THE DEAD CRAFTS: More Than 24 Projects that Celebrate Día de los Muertos shows adventurous crafters truly distinctive projects for creating jewelry, home décor, and gifts to be enjoyed for years to come.

About the Authors:

Kerry Arquette is a freelance writer and book creator. Her writing has appeared in dozens of national magazines including Seventeen, Good Housekeeping, and Ladies Home Journal. She has authored more than a dozen books, including her award-winning children’s picture book, What Did You Do Today?. Arquette was previously the Executive Editor of Books for Memory Makers, an imprint of F+W Publishing specializing in scrapbooking and paper crafts.

Andrea Zocchi is the author of numerous books and designer of scores more. Zocchi has a longtime love of publishing. He has been a graphic designer, freelance photographer, and has spent time as the art director at a large design and how-to book and magazine publisher. He studied art, photography, and design at the Massachusetts College of Art, School of Visual Arts, Rhode Island School of Design, and Knox College.

Jerry Vigil, a self-taught Chicano artist, has been carving bultos and retablos since 1998. Known in his hometown of Denver as the “Dean of the Dead,” he is a high-profile art activist, instructor, and artist whose Day of the Dead work has appeared in dozens of local and national exhibits and competitions and in numerous publications.
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