When I was a child, my siblings and I would go to my grandmother’s house and play Lotería. Lotería is from Mexico and is like bingo, but instead of numbers and letters, images are used that are common in Mexico. A deck of cards is used with all the images represented. These cards have become iconic cultural images that are often seen on folk art. All the images bring back wonderful memories that I have used for these appliquéd pieces.
Each Lotería piece is created from fabric appliqués which have been carefully cut out and applied to fabric backgrounds by sewing around all the edges. All the fabric is high quality cotton.
El Venado was a challenge to make because it is more difficult to use fabric appliques to depict an animal’s fur. I added yellow glass beads to highlight the antlers and green glass beads to make the grass sparkle. I used two different floral Kaffe Fassett prints for the borders. The pompoms are handmade in Chiapas, Mexico, and carefully stitched in place. The opening in the back is envelope style. Each piece is signed on the back. The pillow insert is not included, but you can purchase an 18” square pillow form from many locations.