Postcards From Paradise

When I think of paradise, I’m immediatley transported to Mexico. 

One of my favorite memories was when our group went to participate in Dia de los Muertos with potter Dolores Porras and her family.  At the beginning of our trip we went to her house in Atzompa to meet her,  have a demonstration and ask questions, and to buy her work.  The family had already set up her altar which was incredible!

  We came back a week later to spend the evening in the cemetery with the family after having mole, hot chocolate, and mescal with them on the patio.  This is what her altar looked like then!

Is this not over-the-top killer awesome???

Families use whatever money they have to decorate their altar with fresh fruit and flowers in honor of their deceased loved ones, so they, too, can have a taste of paradise when they make their annual pilgrimage back to visit on this most special day.


For more Postcards from Paradise visit Rebecca Brooks @ and be sure to check out the upcoming Shrine Auction benefiting the street children of Oaxaca.


~ by Dawn Elliott on May 1, 2011.

7 Responses to “Postcards From Paradise”

  1. The altars for El Dia are always so mesmerizing. I had never done an altar until I went to Stephanie’s blog and was excited about the whole meaning behind it. That was back in 2008 and I’ve been doing the altars every year since. This altar is just incredible, love it. They are always so amazing. Thanks for sharing, have a great Sunday.

  2. The shrine is extremely beautiful.
    What a wonderful experience.

  3. How grand! love all the fruit and flowers. they have the right climate for that display! here the flowers would freeze one day and fry the next! thanks for showing us!

  4. It is exquisitely done. I have created altars myself for loved ones who have gone after visiting the altars down in Los Angeles on Olvera Street on dia de los muertos. This is more beautiful than anything that I have ever seen though. I love the marigolds which are such a tradition in these altars and the blue colors in this altar are stunning. Such love and detail went into this piece of art and tribute. Thank you for sharing such an intimate piece of personal art and a lovely memory with us.

  5. dawn,
    i am so glad you have chosen these photographs from one of our many profound and enriching trips to oaxaca for dia de los muertos.

    it was from these sojourns, carrying suitcases bulging with clothes to leave behind that the shrine auction for Oaxaca Streetchildren Grassroots was born.

    i thank you for flooding my heart with this lovely memory.

  6. What a priceless experience…
    and how wonderful that Rebecca brought you together with this woman and her family

  7. Living in the UK for us here,this is fascinating, how reverent of those gone before.

    Thanks for posting these images,

    Sue x

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