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Process: Mike Ortega

June 8, 2017

The latest post in the Process series features the work of VCFA MFA candidate Michael Ortega. Mike has been steeped in form-rich inquiry as to the vernacular design of his physical and metaphysical surroundings in McAllen, Texas — from type design to exploring the iconography of veladora prayer candles.

Poster for Bugambilia font

Poster for Bugambilia font

Poster for Sombra Verde font.

Poster for Sombra Verde font.

Screens waiting for ink for printing the posters.

Screens waiting for ink for printing the posters.

Poster for Signo de la Muerte font.

Poster for Signo de la Muerte font.

Posters drying after being screen printed. Green galaxy white on French pop tones.

Posters drying after being screen printed. Green galaxy white on French pop tones.

The cover of Mike Ortega's book Folk Catholicism, Mysticism and Mexican Vernacular

The cover of Mike Ortega’s book Folk Catholicism, Mysticism and Mexican Vernacular

Photo to illustrate the “limpia” process written about in the book.

Photo to illustrate the “limpia” process written about in the book.

Spread from Folk Catholicism, Mysticism and Mexican Vernacular

Spread from Folk Catholicism, Mysticism and Mexican Vernacular

Spread from Folk Catholicism, Mysticism and Mexican Vernacular

Spread from Folk Catholicism, Mysticism and Mexican Vernacular

Worry dolls, used in a packet as part of an essay on worry dolls.

Worry dolls, used in a packet as part of an essay on worry dolls.

Boxes containing hand-wrought worry dolls.

Boxes containing hand-wrought worry dolls.

Veladora prayer candles

Veladora prayer candles

Veladora prayer candles

Veladora prayer candles

Tiled graphics extracted from veladoras

Tiled graphics extracted from veladoras