Posts Tagged ‘tinwork’


60th Annual Spanish Market July 30-31

July 27, 2011

Come join nearly 200 Spanish Colonial artisans on the historic Santa Fe Plaza July 30-31 for Spanish Market!  Jason and I will be in booth 164 near the southwest corner of the Plaza, across from the 5 & Dime.  To get the word out, we have created a somewhat elaborate mini-marketing campaign.

New Mexican Ad 2011We will have an ad in the Santa Fe New Mexican official Market newspaper insert.  I designed the ad myself.  It’s kind of wacky, but I really wanted to do something fun and festive and get away from the gallery feel.  The design is inspired by the old Sideshow posters.  The ad in the paper is black and white due to budget restrictions.

We’ve also created a video invitation that will serve as a landing page for anyone who visits our new website,  Technically, “artisanos” should read “artesanos.”  But, the ‘artesanos’ URL was not available and the misspelled ‘artisano’ is widely accepted around here and we really liked the wunderkin siblings idea–it suits our “let’s have some fun” attitude.

The promotional video was shot by our Dad and the landing page includes a link to the outtakes which is highly entertaining.

Dos Artisanos Video Landing Pageclick on image above to view our video invitation or see outtake reel.

Dos Artisanos websiteclick on image above to visit our new website.

The new website is just really a front door to our individual sites that promotes us as siblings and 5th generation artisans.  The left column is all Sean links and the right is Jason links.  You will find links to our online storefronts, a page on our videos and DVDs and links to our personal art blogs.  If you click on the stamp, you can send us an email  Or click on the Tintero images to get more information on Jason’s workshop and gallery.  I’ve also just added links to our professional Facebook pages where you can get snapshots of works in progress and event reminders.  Enjoy poking around!

click on image above to download the official Spanish Market brochure

The brochure includes artist name sand booth numbers along with some other goodies.  I hesitate to say “I designed it” since I completed it so quickly.  But, I’m proud to say I conceptualized and assembled it.

One of our family members, the talented oil painter Damian Gonzales will be showing at the Contemporary Market which happens simultaneously with Traditional Market and runs up Lincoln Street.

Click here for more logistical information on Spanish Market from the new Spanish Colonial Arts Society website (which I also designed).

Well, we hope to see you there!  And, remember to support your local artisans!


Our Lady of Guadalupe Collaboration

April 13, 2011
Jason and Sean at work

Click on image to watch this episode online!

We just completed shooting the final episode of our premiere Season of our respective shows, New Mexican Santera and New Mexican Tinsmith.  Dad had the excellent idea to do a collaborative piece for the final episode.  I thought it would be a perfect opportunity to share with viewers the dynamic of two artists collaborating.  It was very spontaneous since Jason didn’t even know the size of my board before showing up to shoot the show.  He did a fantastic job quickly responding with a design concept and improvising some design ideas.

Our Lady of Guadalupe in Tin

copyright ©2011 Sean Wells y Delgado & Jason Younis y Delgado

We both have a few finishing touches to add, but you can get a sense of the direction of the finished piece.  Jason came up with a Corona gesture for the top piece that poetically reflects the crown of Mary.  He also added delicate stars around the frame and roses to recall the story of Juan Diego.  I asked him to include thorns on his vine to hint at the crown of thorns that Jesus wore.

We decided to take advantage of the project to use it as our submission for the National Hispanic Cultural Center’s annual Art Auction ABQ Nouveau Retablo 2011.  You can view and bid on this piece and many other traditional and contemporary retablo creations Friday May 6 from 6PM-8:30PM at the National Hispanic Cultural Center Pete V. Domenici Education Building.  Check out for more information and to view this piece online next week.

What a fun project!  We hope to do more on-air collaborations next season.  But, until then, the local stations will be rerunning our first season Wednesday nights at 9PM Comcast Encantada | Ch26 Albuquerque  | Ch16 Santa Fe.

Now that we have our first season complete, we plan to offer our shows to the other public access channels of the Southwest.  We will update our list when we get some confirmations!

[Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe]
1531 A.D. | Feast Day Dec 12  | Marian Image

A humble local named Juan Diego claimed to have been visited by the Virgin Mary.  The local Bishop requested a sign.  Juan Diego returned (on what is now her Feast Day) with a gift of blooming roses that had appeared in mid winter on the hill where the apparition spoke to him.  He carried the flowers in his cloak and as he spilled them out for the Bishop, the image of the Virgin appeared on his cloak just as Juan Diego had described her.  The Bishop fell to his knees and built a chapel on the hill.  The cloak still hangs today in a shrine on the original hill.  The image has come to represent the worldly love and peace that Mary has to offer, crossing ethnic boundaries.

detail of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Tin

NOTE:  Videotero, LLC, Delgado Arts, New Mexican Santera and New Mexican Tinsmith have no affiliation with The National Hispanic Cultural Center or ABQ Nouveau Retablo.  We are simply using this opportunity to promote an organization that shares the similar goal of preserving the Spanish Colonial Arts.


Student of Tinwork

February 13, 2011
Tin Votive Sconces
Created by Fr. George Aquaro

My brother Jason just received the highest compliment on his How-To Tinwork DVD.  He was sent this photo from Fr. George Aquaro  who created this pair of votive sconces after watching Jason’s videos!  The whole family was just so amazed and touched by Fr. Aquaro’s work and it is a real testament to Jason’s knack for teaching to see that a novice could create these beautiful pieces.  Now, to be fair to Fr. Aquaro, he must be an artistic, crafty and handy person to begin with.  This is not one of the patterns that Jason demonstrates (to my knowledge).  So, Fr, Aquaro must have designed not only the construction, but the stamp work patterns that appear on these pieces.  So, although I do see this as a testament to Jason’s innate teaching ability, as Jenny Craig would say in fine print, “Results Not Typical,”  lol.  So, Fr. Aquaro has done an exceptional job of absorbing the techniques and concepts taught in Jason’s video and assimilated it into original works of art.  I especially love the quilted backboard, something Jason was working on just the other day for a nicho.  It will reflect the light of the flame beautifully, I’m sure.

I immediately requested to post Fr. Aquaro’s story here and he graciously obliged in addition to sending a testimonial:

I have never worked with tin or sheet metal before.  Jason’s videos helped me overcome my hesitation at working with sheet metal, and has opened a whole new world of art that I really thought was outside my abilities.  His clear and thorough instructions guided me right through the process, from design and aesthetics to construction and finishing.  After watching Jason’s videos and getting a few simple tools, I was able to start working with tin from the local hardware store.  My friends are now making requests for pieces even though I have only been at it a few weeks.  I highly recommend Jason’s video series to anyone who wants to learn a new and fun art form that can be as beautiful as it is practical.  Thank you, Jason!

Fr. George Aquaro
Los Angeles, CA

He goes on to explain that the dimensions of his work is constrained by the fact that he is using rolls of 12″ flashing from his local hardware store.  Jason offers larger sheets locally.

I noted his email address and followed it to his website where he supports the tradition of baking Prosphora.  I had to Wiki it.  It is the term for the bread baked for the Eucharist, marked with a seal.  He has video instructions and recipes to bake the Prosphora.  But, I was particularly taken with the section on the bread stamps or seals.  These are urathane molds used to mark the bread before baking with a variety of Greek, Russian or iconic images.  I believe Fr. Aquaro casts these himself.  I’m not sure what the rules are for the general public using these molds (it seems there are varying rules as to who can bake the bread), but there is an example how someone used one of the molds to cast a plate, so it seems you can use the casts for other purposes.  Although, I would think the resulting piece should be respectfully spiritual in nature.  The images from the stamps are very lovely and I think there would be lots of creative things to do with them.  Here’s (appropriately) the stamp of Saint George:

Saint George prosphora

Click the image to visit his site
Visit my online store and follow the links to Jason’s site to purchase Jason’s Tinwork DVDs.

Thank you Fr. Aquaro for sharing your work with us.  Keep it up!


Articles on Ildeberto and Francisco Delgado

October 31, 2010
iIldeberto Delgado nicho

A nicho by iIldeberto Delgado

Jason found some great write-ups on great-great grandfather Francisco and great grandfather Ildeberto Delgado.  It’s part of the International Folk Art Museum in Santa Fe.  They wrote a book and had an exhibit called “Sin Nombre” (“Without A Name”) on artists that were supported through the Great Depression by the New Deal Works Projects Administration (WPA) Federal Art Project (FAP).  I remember studying it in school, but it has a whole new meaning to me now that I know two key figures in our family line were supported and honored with projects from this program.  It even has more meaning as our budding family struggles in a difficult economy and I turn to retablos myself in an effort to both survive and define myself with some self-resepct.  Maybe Obama will commission some retablos from me for the White House!  They have a great record of some of the major commissions around town, some of them still in place.  I’d love to visit all of them in situ.

Francisco Delgado chandelier

Chandelier by Francisco Delgado

Jason was recently asked to restore some tin items at the Albuquerque Little Theater recently.  When he arrived to remove the pieces, he asked if they knew anything about the artist.  They didn’t have any records, but Jason immediately recognized them as coming from our family.  He talked to our Grandmother (who we refer to as “Nanny”) and she confirmed they had been produced by Ildeberto in the 1930’s.  It was a real honor for Jason to restore the pieces and it was equally exciting for the Little Theater to learn of the connection!

Here is the original article that appears on the International Folk Art website:

Sin Nombre

Look for “Francisco Delgado” and “Ildeberto Delgado along the left hand side.

Ildeberto Delgado Lunette

This piece was part of an electrified nicho; one of a pair made by Delgado for the Albuquerque Little Theater in 1936 as a part of a WPA/FAP commission. I believe this was one of the pieces Jason restored.