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Pop Up Labs + a GOOD Fin de Semana

Mari muertos

Marí from Spanglish Arte, Local Art for the Masses stands beside a calavera gigante

Dia de los Muertos is approaching fast, and October in Sacramento is a fun place to be, with workshops and demonstrations happening often. On Saturday I scooted (on the graciously-loaned-to-me Bajaj 150) to Old Sacramento where I found Sol Collective’s Pop Up Art Lab for Papel Picado & Paper Flowers in full swing.

Amar lesson

Sol Collective’s instructor Amar attentively teaches lab participants

Several long tables were crowded with people of all ages, snipping and folding large tissue sheets. Visitors to Old Sac stopped in and were welcomed to try their hand at paper crafting. One of the instructors, Amar, patiently helped participants follow photocopied patterns for amazing results.

Diana Flores

Diana smiles with her lovely flores!

Also in attendance and selling great decorations hencho en México for Dia de Los Muertos was Spanglish Arte. If you don’t already know, Spanglish Arte recently moved to share the space on 21st Street with Sol Collective in what appears to be la boda made in el ceilo of Latin Arts and Culture  ¡Felicidades!

Papel Mari y KD

!Que chevére! Marí de Spanglish Arte y mi con papel picado. Yes, we made it!

Sunday was not as celebratory as Saturday, but it was just as GOOD, at the GOOD Street Food + Design Market. My crafty friend Amy Cluck-McAllister has been telling me about GOOD since I returned from México, enthusiastically mentioning vendors and recommending tasty treats at this monthly indoor market.

good-t-shirts

Does wearing a GODD t-shirt count as dressing up?

Another friend, the talented Lorraine Garcia from Rain’s Embellishments, had a table set up and her fabulous, one-of-a-kind jewelry was flying off the racks (literally, if you include her bat-themed items). I watched as a customer gushed over her newly purchased, red beaded rabbit necklace, part of the Almost Alice Collection.

Lorraine from Rain's Embellishments

Savvy business woman and artista buena Lorraine

Also selling unique items was Julia Beckner from Just, whose colorful woven wares from Guatemala and beaded jewelry from Indonesia leave one feeling quite inspired.  From  fair trade avocado and almond naturally dyed scarves to intricate woven cuff bracelets, Julia appears to have a great eye.

Good with Just

Swanky gold cuff and colorful wallets from Just.

If seeing items for sale wasn’t inspiring enough, you could also print your own silkscreen in a  hands-on demo with Kingstribe Clothing. I watched as Earl easily inked, squeegeed and hot-air flash dried GOOD DIY Workshop mini posters, even encouraging curious kids to try it out.

Earl prints

Earl prints mini posters with KingsTribe – D.I.Y. is F.U.N.

Just before leaving my first GOOD market, I chatted with Mario from Sacramento’s City of Vain, who was amused to hear I had volunteered with kids in México while wearing my CoV American Nightmare t-shirt (yep, the one with the gun). Mario seemed surprised to hear I was in Sacramento temporarily, awaiting my next adventure in Colombia, and noted that City of Vain has a show coming up on Thursday October 24th at Midtown Barfly, which just won Best Dance Night for the Kids.  That’s right. You can bring your kids to see City of Vain. In a club. If that’s not punk rock, I don’t know what is.

Chico CoV

Volunteering in México, wearing my City of Vain American Nightmare shirt

As the week starts and inches me closer to leaving for Colombia to volunteer for a year, I am grateful to live in a place that encourages creative expression, provides venues to express it and inspires others to come out and see it all. Gracias, Sacramento, tu difundira la inspiración como los frijoles refritos en molettes. (Thanks Sacramento, you spread inspiration like refried beans on molettes)

mmm molettes!

mmm molettes! an easy Méxican favorite with bread and beans

Author: Kate Dana

Teacher, traveler and writer living on the Caribbean coast of South America.

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