Symbols inspired by Porfirio Gutierrez
Students studied the symbols of Porfirio’s Zapotec heritage and how they are designed to be used in weavings. They started with sketches of their own ideas and adapted them into symbols that followed a grid of squares and triangles. The words in red were written by the students to describe the meaning of their symbol.
The artwork below was produced in AVID classrooms at DeAnza Academy of Technology and the Arts, Cabrillo Middle School, Anacapa Middle School and Rio del Valle Middle School. These Learning To See Outreach residencies were generously funded by the California Arts Council.
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“Kite” represents how to let go and move onto the future. This is me not wanting to move on but I’m still over the past. In the middle there is a circle, my grandpa passed away. He love the Angel’s baseball and that’s where my “kite” will go.
One smile for each tear. No matter what you will always be in my heart. Sun will always come up after the storm.
This means that I become a flower to become beautiful and strong, and waits for spring for a new generation.
Siren head, fear of the unknown, shyness, loud voice, cool once known. Remember danger, creativity, be different.
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