I was honored to assist my brother this weekend in his demonstration booth at the annual Spanish Market fiesta celebrating the long heritage of the Spanish Colonial Arts this past weekend in Santa Fe, NM representing nearly 300 of the top artists in 17 basic categories. The body of traditional New Mexican Spanish Colonial Arts generally share four basic factors: They all derived from the original Spanish artisans that colonized New Mexico; The artists each have some story of heritage tied to the original craftsmen in some way; The artists are trained in the original materials and techniques; And the arts all revolve around honoring the spirit of God (and more specifically, the Catholic Church).
My brother, Jason Younis y Delgado is a 5th generation tinsmith in the Delgado Family tradition. Every year I can, I join him in his booth and share the story of our family artisans. Every year, I listen to my brother share stories passed to him from our Grandmother, who he studied under for many years. And every year, I learn something new and wonderful. I created this graphic family tree banner to show the breadth of Spanish Colonial artisans in our family and although I was well-aware of the many artists and long lineage in tinwork, I was moved to see it represented in one place.
There are so many amazing stories how this and the other Spanish Colonial crafts evolved here in New Mexico. Fortunately, my father, a professional videographer has captured these tales on DVD for our family to enjoy and share. He has created a 2-DVD set. The first covers the history of tinwork, the history of tin in the Delgado family and the basic tools and techniques. The second volume is an instructional How-To video that covers three basic projects. My brother and Dad both did a fantastic job. This is an interesting video for anyone interested in historical stories, family biographies or anyone who enjoys learning new crafting techniques. You can also learn more or purchase finished pieces, starter kits or supplies from my brother’s comprehensive website NewMexicoTinwork.com.
If you have a historical crafts in your family or region, I encourage you to learn more about the history and/or techniques. It is an incredible way to sew the generations together, to support your local artisans and to keep these rare arts alive. Please support your (and my;) local artisans!
To learn more about Spanish Market, visit www.spanishcolonial.org
UPDATE: Jason’s DVD’s will be shown on our local Encantada Arts & Entertainment Channel 26! Volume 1 will run Sunday Oct 31 at 1PM and Monday Nov 1 at 4PM. Volume 2 will run same times a week later.