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Otomi Journal

Raincoast Books

$28.00

Celebrate the bold, modern, and colorful art of the Otomi in the Otomi Journal . Vibrant patterns leap off the page with fully embossed designs that mimic the raised texture of the traditional embroidery of the Otomi people, who are indigenous to central Mexico. Illustrations adorn the blue-lined pages of the Otomi Journal for a pop of inspiration as you write. The journal includes a historical description of Otomi embroidery, which is both a current trend and an enduring art form.

Mary Delany was a 19th Century artist and member of the Bluestockings group. Mrs Delany described her medium as ‘paper mosaic,’ consisting of a collage of a multitude of finely cut coloured paper glued on a black ink background. At times she cut entire leaves or petals from one piece of paper over which she would arrange smaller cuts in order to create shading and depth, sometimes enhanced with watercolors. There are some examples where one flower alone contains over 200 paper petals. Her work was not only valued for its artistic qualities but also for its scientific accuracy.