If you’ve attended the Old Town Farmer’s Market sometime this year, you probably noticed a stand featuring one-of-a-kind souvenirs made out from wood pieces. These are created by the local architect and designer Liz Montejano, who developed an attractive line of utilitarian and decorative objects based on the elements of the surf culture, nature and the indigenous heritage of Mexico. She named her collection Wiki Arte Utilitario.
The objects include key holders, coat racks, magnets, cup holders and other accessories. These are completely handmade and their creation process includes carpentry works, hand painted and airbrushing techniques, as well as resin and nitrocellulose finishes.
Montejano’s most famous products are the surfboard shaped key holders and coat racks that feature pre-Hispanic tales and stories.
I feel passionate about all the symbols from our ancestors. Each piece I create tells a story that can be deciphered through the composition, colors and design elements.
Next time you stroll around colonia Emiliano Zapata on Saturday, don’t miss the opportunity to take a look at this stall. You may find that perfect souvenir for your relatives!