Here’s an excerpt from an interview:
Calavera has evolved from a love of art, colour and tattoos. Each piece begins once I have stitched up the eyes. I like to see it as a birthing process, there is no clear idea of what I would like each one to look like, once the eyes are in place they form a personality and so I choose the remaining colours, mouth and nose elements, etc. I use a combination of hand embroidery and beading. Every item is unique and produced entirely by hand. I am not a fan of mass production so time is not of the essence when producing each skull.
I want to change people’s perceptions about skulls, instead of the fear we feel I want to invoke a smile from the viewer. And if by looking at one of my skulls, you cannot help but smile then I have achieved my objective.
P.S. Calavera means skull in Spanish.