We get very upset by our modern graffiti, but it hit me one day that it’s been around forever. Think cave men, travelers long ago in a foreign land, etc. The illustrations below are from Wikipedia.
Ancient Pompeii graffito caricature of a politician.
In El Morro National Monument, there are over 2000 signatures. Here is a quote:
Paso por aqui . . .A reliable waterhole hidden at the base of a sandstone bluff made El Morro (the headland) a popular campsite. Ancestral Puebloans and Spanish and American travelers carved over 2,000 signatures, dates, messages, and petroglyphs for hundreds of years. We invite you to make El Morro a stopping point during your travels.
There are more pictures here. I remember the second time that I traveled to New Mexico and we went to some of the places that are slightly off the beaten path, I was so excited to see both the petroglyphs near Albuquerque and the signatures on the sides of the boulders in El Morro. To think of the people who wrote on these walls and the fact that their writings and drawings are still visible today, is astounding.
Take a look at these huipil purses from Handeye Blog. Aren’t they wonderful? Maybe something to do with your various scraps of handwoven fabric… On these, I love the strings. Here’s a quote about the folks responsible for these beauties.
Their latest Sololá collection celebrates the colorful artistry of Guatemalan weaving and the talents of local artisans with the creation of hand-worked fashion accessories that bridge two worlds.
I have always loved molas from the first time I saw a one. Check them out here at the Textile Museum of Canada.