"In the workshop, everyone helps — the men carve the wood, the women paint the sculptures, the grandparents do the sanding and the children paint the base coat."
"We're both from a small town in Oaxaca. We started learning to craft copal wood alebrijes when we were children. People here tell a story about the origin of these fanciful Mexican sculptures. They say that a Oaxaca man named Pedro de Linares had a very vivid dream. He saw himself in a forest inhabited by strange and fantastic creatures that walked with him there until he finally awoke.
"Along the way, these creatures cried 'Alebrijes! Alebrijes.' He said some looked like donkeys with wings, a lion with the head of a dog and a rooster with the horns of a bull.
"We love this beautiful art because their colors are unique. We especially like decorating them and focus on making each one different and special.
"Our materials are of natural origin, like the copal wood that's so abundant here. But we look after the ecology, harvesting only branches but never the tree. We use acrylics and very fine paintbrushes; the motifs themselves arise from our own imagination. In the workshop, everyone helps — the men carve the wood, the women paint the sculptures, the grandparents do the sanding and the children paint the base coat.
"Our dream is to position our art in other parts of the world, so we are working hard to make our workshop grow. We want to provide more work for people with talent and creativity.
"We hope to leave a mark with our inspiration on the next generations – our children. We want to preserve this precious alebrije craft through every one of our designs. And we want to make a difference in the economy of our town."