Mentoring Artists for Women's Art: Piñatas Crafternoon, February 16, 23

Saturdays, February 16 & 23, 2019


MAWA, 611 Main Street

Instructor: Fabiola Gordillo

Free, everyone welcome! Registration required. Register here or by calling 204-949-9490

This workshop takes place over two Saturday afternoons, February 16 & February 23, 1 - 4pm

The piñata originally came from China, brought by Marco Polo to Europe and then, with colonization, to the Americas. However, in Mexico, pre-hispanics had a similar tradition that provided offerings to the gods. The piñata is a symbolic figure traditionally made from a clay pot covered with papier-mâché and painted or decorated with brightly coloured tissue paper. It is then filled with candies, fruit or other goodies. Note: this is a two-day workshop to allow time for the piñatas to dry

The Cross-Cultural Craft Program is supported by the Winnipeg Foundation and the Ethnocultural Community Support Program and Indigenous Initiatives at the Province of Manitoba.

Fabiola Gordillo was born in Tecate, Baja California, Mexico, and immigrated to Canada 2 years ago. When preparing for a birthday celebration, she looked in stores for a customized piñata with no success. She then made her very first piñata, following the lessons she had learned as a child. She now makes customized piñatas for every occasion and is the owner of Fab's Creations (handmade and customized piñatas). She participated in Folklorama with the Mex Y Can Association of Manitoba and co-organized "Piñatas on the beat" as part of Culture Days 2018. She has an MBA and bachelor's degree in International Business and has worked as a business consultant for entrepreneurs, helping them to develop business plans and assisting them in their goals of obtaining public funds for specific projects.