Design Folklorica

Folkloric Designs Inspired by Carlos Mérida

A pioneer of Latin American modernism, Guatemalan artist Carlos Mérida (December 2, 1891 – December 21, 1985) traveled extensively in Europe during the early part of the 20th century. He lived and worked in the avant-garde artist communities in Paris between 1912-14, circulating with other notable artists of the period, including Diego Rivera, Pablo Picasso, Piet Mondrian, and Amedeo Modigliani. Returning to Guatemala in 1914, he immersed himself in the art and culture of his native country. His work after that period was heavily influenced by both Maya folkloric and European modernism, a fusion of indigenous culture and Cubism he called “folklorismo.”

While living in Mexico during the 1920s, he joined the muralism movement, helping Diego Rivera with the La Creación mural. But he disliked the socialist aspects of the art, preferring to focus on more personal influences for his own work. He moved back to Paris in 1927, spending time with Klee, Miró and Kandinsky, and exploring Surrealist themes in his art. By the late 1940s, still blending the themes and influences of folkloric and modernist movements, he incorporated geometric styles into his painting. He is best known for his work during this period.

In the late 1930s to mid 1940s, Merida produced several series of silkscreen prints published in limited edition folios by Talleres Gráficos de la Nación, including Dances of Mexico (~1930-37), Carnival in Mexico, 1940, and Trajes Regionales Mexicanos, 1945.

As an ardent admirer of Mérida’s work, I’ve recreated several of the scenes for use in personal print and fabric design.

QwkDog Merida Print
QwkDog Merida Print
QwkDog Merida Print
QwkDog Merida Print

Pescadores de Pátzcuaro, Estado de Michoacán, 1945

Print design with fish pattern fabric design, 2019

QwkDog Merida Pescadore Print
QwkDog Merida Pescadore Pattern
QwkDog Merida Pescadore Fabric

Charro y Sarape de Saltillo, Estado de Coahuila, 1945

Flower pattern fabric design, 2020

QwkDog Merida Print
QwkDog Merida Flowers Pattern
QwkDog Merida Flowers Pattern

Inspired by Trajes Regionales Mexicanos, 1945

Fabric design featuring women from Trajes Regionales, 2020

QwkDog Merida People Lady
QwkDog Merida People Pattern
QwkDog Merida People Pattern

Inspired by Trajes Regionales Mexicanos, 1945

Fabric design featuring fish detail from the Latin American map in Trajes Regionales, 2020

QwkDog Merida Fish Pattern
QwkDog Merida Fish Pattern
QwkDog Merida Fish Pattern

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