Designer Edgar Olivas, has created a series of amazing postcards celebrating the “Day of the Dead” holiday, and this series of images led me to his online portfolio, which made me look, which made me say, “Design Friday Post Material”.
The Day of The Dead Holiday, might be one of the more important holiday traditions in Mexico. It is a holiday that is filled with symbolism that appears in many forms.
Presented with sugar skulls colorfully decorated, skeletons with wide and feathered hats in cut paper, dancing clay skeletons, entire dioramas made up of hundreds of skeleton figures, this comprises a small glimpse into the unique conception of death; the happy death, the silly one, the funny one, the inevitable. For over 400 years the dresses of the Mexican death have not changed that much, so, Edgar Olivas postcards give “death” a fresh new look that updates the traditional with a fresh new feel.
Edgar Olivas created six different characters each of which represents one of the six underworld gods and goddesses. Mictlantecuhtli and Mictecacíhuatl lord and lady of the darkness and the underworld. Chalmecacíhuatl, the sacrificer; Nexocho, the joker; Micapetlacalli, the dead’s box and Nextepehua, the scatterer of ashes.
Olivas says, “The grin. In all these characters the grin is related to Mictlantecuhtli’s mocking smile. Some anthropologist say that this enigmatic gesture, depicted in one sculpture, seems to smile or mock ironically of those who face or will face him one day.”
The style of the postcards and posters are represented in a style called “Didoque”. which emulates baroque ornamentation created from letter forms and glyphs of Didot typography. The works are colorful and alive, filled with so much visual energy. This series represents a small portion of Edgar Olivas work. To get a better feel for this designers gift check out his full portfolio here.