HMNS Winter Trend Report: La Virgen de Guadalupe

Sourcing product for special exhibits is one of the favorite things about my job, but as a lover of Mexican art and culture, La Virgen de Guadalupe: Empress of the Americas has been especially fun.

This summer, we traveled to Mexico City and met with officials at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe. The ancient basilica and chapels are beautiful, and seeing the art, both fine and folk, in context punctuated how meaningful the Virgin has been to so many lives and how integral she is to the culture.

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Capilla del Pocito – Chapel of the Little Well.

With this in mind, we met with the Basilica’s retail director and chose some very special items to bring to the museum’s store. These rose petal rosaries made by nuns are deeply scented.

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Scented rosaries made by nuns.

Our talented Creative Director, Kim Bloedorn, designed our beautiful souvenirs including mugs, refrigerator magnets, 3D postcards, bookmarks and more, featuring Her image surrounded by roses.

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Graphic design by HMNS Creative Director Kim Bloedorn.

Rising young artist Felipe Gonzalez Aguilera, AKA Ferguz, is rapidly gaining a reputation for his sensitive portraiture of iconic figures. One of Ferguz’s compelling paintings of the Virgin will be in the exhibit on loan from a private collector. We had the opportunity to visit the artist in his studio and were able to commission some paintings the he created especially for the store. The photos do not do justice to the delicate colors and brushstrokes.

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Fine art by Felipe Gonzalez Aguilera, AKA Ferguz.

Mexico is known for its vibrant folk art and traditional craftwork. Detailed, hand-painted and punched tin nichos from San Miguel de Allende highlight images of the Virgin.

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Nicho by San Miguel de Allende.

Traditional, brightly-embroidered blouses are from artisans in Oaxaca, Puebla, and Hidalgo.

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Itzel white blouse.

Weaving has been a part of the culture and livelihood of the Zapotec people since about 5000 B.C. The Spanish conquest introduced wool fiber and the standing loom and the weaving process and designs have changed little to this day. Ancient art meets contemporary design in these handmade purses.

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Zapotec tote.

Closer to home, I worked with local designer Rebecca Lankford to create a series of rosary-inspired necklaces. Rebecca’s faith is a large influence on her work and she was delighted to create jewelry that references how religion and design have been intertwined since humans first created art.

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Ruby rosary necklace by Rebecca Lankford.

We have more handicrafts, souvenirs and art available in-store and online at museumstore.hmns.org. All proceeds from store sales go back to the museum and enable us to create these unique exhibits and educational programs.

Sparkle Exclusive: 3rd Annual HMNS Summer Trunk Show starts Friday

Our third annual Summer Trunk Shows kicks off Friday, July 17. This year, we are featuring local artists Rebecca Lankford, Mariquita Masterson, and Mirta Tummino. As always, the featured artist’s design will be 20 percent off the day of their show, on top of museum membership discounts! You can feel good about looking great knowing that 100 percent of Museum Store proceeds benefit the educational mission of the Houston Museum of Natural Science.

Rebecca Lankford
July 17 | 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Favorite local designer Rebecca Lankford is back! With hand cast metals, fine leathers, and a casual take on gems like raw diamonds and South Sea pearls, her luxe boho looks are perfect for layering. Rebecca’s 14-year partnership with the HMNS store means you’ll find unique designs that aren’t available anywhere else in the city, including her exclusive collection she created with gemstones picked by our buyers at market.

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Peach brace by Rebecca Lankford.

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Turqoise earrings by Rebecca Lankford.

Mariquita Masterson
July 24 | 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Mariquita’s blown glass jewels have been a staple of fashionable Houstonians for 30 years, and it all began while Mariquita was working with a glass blower designing a table setting for a museum gala here in Houston. When she saw the chunks of crystal ready to go into the furnace, she thought they would be beautiful set as jewelry. So she got out a drill and made her start. We are proud to be one of a very limited group of stores chosen to showcase her luminous designs.

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Gold leaf necklace by Mariquita Masterson.

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White blown glass beads jewelry assortment by Mariquita Masterson.

Mirta Tummino
August 7 | 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Leaving corporate America behind, native Texan Mirta Tummino realized her true calling when she began designing jewelry. With an eye for color, Mirta combines unusual gemstones to create her signature wire-wrapped designs. Her distinct style includes bezel settings made of gemstones, tassels, and convertible lariats for a refined, romantic look.

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Moonstone necklace by Mirta Tummino.

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Apatite necklace by Mirta Tummino.

 

Treat yo’ self : Sharpen your shopping chops at the Summer Trunk Shows in our Museum Store

Congratulations! You’re doing a fantastic job getting through the summer: hydration levels are up, tan looks good and you’ve had your suitcase packed for vacation since May.

Museum Store Treat YourselfAll that summer prep is hard work though — time to treat yourself! Starting this Friday and continuing every Friday through August 8, you can treat yourself to 20 percent off select items at our Summer Trunk Shows in the Museum Store

July 18 – BEACH PARTY 
Featuring Krystal Sasso, James Peach, Ax + Apple, Zad and more!

July 25 –  REBECCA LANKFORD

August 1 – THE COLOR OF SUMMER
Featuring Alexis Bittar, Leighelena, Lele Sadoughi and more!

August 8 – MIRTA TUMMINO

Each Trunk Show features different designers and themes, so no matter what you need to treat yourself, we’ve got it.

But you’ve got to start somewhere. Let us help. Do you need:

Tooth jewelry?
Krystal Sasso Beach Bunny Shark Tooth Bracelet 

Treat yourself!

Awesome necklaces?
Made UK Irima Pendant Small Diamond Pendant

TREAT YOURSELF.

Pearls?
James Peach Cluster Pearl Leather Necklace

#TreatYourself

Understated elegance?
Rebecca Lankford Labradorite Diamond Necklace 

Treat-Yo-Self

Antlers?
Rebecca Lankford Antler Sapphire Necklace and Antler Snake Necklace

TREAT. YO. SELF.

Turquoise?
Alexis Bittar ‘Elements’ Turquoise And Labradorite Necklace

Treat YourSELF!

Gems, gems and more gems?
Mirta Tummino Moonstone Labradorite Necklace

TREEEEAT YOURSEEEEEELF!

 

The Procrastinator’s Guide to Mother’s Day: Let our Museum Store make her day

Mother’s Day is fast approaching and we’re stocked full of gifts for every mom — in our Mother’s Day Gift Guide! Whether the mom you’re shopping for loves to sparkle or stays low-key, is a Suzie Homemaker or a fierce rebel, we’ve got something she’ll absolutely adore.

She’s A Gem: She’s the jewel of your life; make her sparkle!

Designers include Mirta Tummino, Judith Haas, Annie Hammer, Jessica Winzelberg, Ananda Khalsa, Rebecca Lankford, Alexis Bittar and Love Heals.

Click here to see the rest of “She’s a Gem” from our Gift Guide.

 

Mommy Fiercest: For the non-conformist mom who shuns the mainstream

Designers include Monserat De Lucca, Swallow, Mawi London, Assad Mounser, Ax + Apple, Charles Albert, Leighelena, Krystal Sasso, Rebecca Lankford and Judith Haas.

 

 Click here to see the rest of “Mommy Fiercest” from our Gift Guide.

 

A Heart That Blooms: For that one-of-a-kind beauty with a big heart

Designers include  Alexis Bittar, Mirta Tummino, Kris Nations, Page Sargisson, Mawi LondonAnna Ruth Henriques and Made UK.

 

Click here to see the rest of “A Heart That Blooms” from our Gift Guide

 

Earth Momma: A bohemian like no other, she gives Mother Nature a run for her money

Designers include Annie Hammer, Love Heals, Blydesign, Ax + Apple, Rebecca Lankford, Satomi Studio, A Peace Treaty, Made UK, Krystal Sasso and Alexis Bittar.

  Click here to see the rest of “Earth Momma” from our Gift Guide.

 

Queen of the Castle: Big, bold and glam, these moms don’t just reign — they rule!

Designers include Mawi LondonRebecca LankfordLeighelenaAlexis Bittar and  Assad Mounser.

 

  Click here to see the rest of “Queen of the Castle” from our Gift Guide.