Dia de los Muertos/ Day of the Dead

Limited Edition Sugar skull rings and cuff by Marisa Martinez 2015

Limited Edition Sugar skull rings and cuff by Marisa Martinez 2015

This Fall I am very excited to announce the launch of my new line of Limited Edition Dia de los Muertos/ Day of the Dead Jewelry. I hope you enjoy these new playful pieces as much as I enjoyed creating them. Over the years I have incorporated a few sugar skulls in my work here and there and people sometimes ask, “what is with the skulls?” I love this question because it offers me an opportunity to talk about my beautiful Mexican cultural heritage and it’s traditions. Most of the time people assume that I really like Halloween. Others think it is all about death or something scary. So I wanted to take this opportunity to fill you in on one of the most sacred and beautiful traditions in the world.

Dia de los Muertos/ Day of the Dead is simply put a celebration of life. For three days we celebrate the lives of the people we love who have passed. We remember them, what they liked to eat, their favorite music, their stories. During those three day we prepare ofrendas/ alters for those who have passed filled with beautiful flowers, delicious food, and recuerdos (special momentos or pictures) of the loved ones. We make or buy sugar skulls with our children to teach them to not fear the dead or death itself. We sometimes even paint our faces as sugar skulls to participate in the celebration of our loved ones return. These sugar skulls represent the people who died. They are a symbol of this celebration of life in our culture. We believe that the actual spirits of our loved ones come to visit us during this time. It is a beautiful sacred time for us to be with them again and a time for us to remember them and pass on their stories to our children.

Over the years many more of our people have begun to celebrate this tradition here in the USA. As a Xicana, a Mexican born here to a migrant worker family, I am very proud of my culture and heritage. I want my son’s to grow up knowing about their beautiful culture and heritage and to be proud as well. It is so amazing to see that the beauty of our traditions have survived and made it all the way here to Minnesota. Being displaced from my roots at a young age I didn’t grow up celebrating many of my cultural holidays. It wasn’t until I came here in college that I found myself again. I am so happy that now I am able to share this with my children and that they will learn to pass it onto theirs too. This line is made in celebration of that. I chose the symbol of the sugar skull because of it’s duality and playfulness. I want people to wear these pieces and feel my joy of being able to celebrate my cultural heritage. I want these pieces to be a recuerdo (reminder) to never forget those we love who have left this world. To celebrate our loved ones and the lives they lived. And ultimately to remind ourselves to live our lives with passion and intent because someday someone will be remembering us and telling our story.

I am also very happy to be included again in this Year’s Festival de las Calaveras (Sugar Skulls) I will be showing my work at Electric Machete’s new gallery in St. Paul on their opening night on Oct. 16th at 7pm. Last year two of my shrines/ ofrendas were included but this year I will be showcasing my new line of Calavera jewelry. There will be the limited edition artisan line as well as an expanded calavera everyday wear line. So please come by the opening if you can and see it!




And in case you are wondering…What’s Festival de las Calaveras in Minnesota all about?

Festival de las Calaveras is a multimedia Latino music and arts festival organized and presented by Tlalnepantla Arts. The festival focuses on the traditional and contemporary celebration of Day of the Dead, which honors the memory of ancestors and loved ones, the duality of life and death, and the corn growing season.

In 2013, the first festival was organized to bring awareness to the Zenteotl Project’s community gardening work that is dedicated to planting blue corn, and extends the collective Day of the Dead ofrenda (offering) that culminates the corn growing season on the same plot where the corn is planted in south Minneapolis.

The festival extends the mission of Tlalnepantla Arts to honor and share an indigenous Mexican tradition with the Latino community and the Twin Cities, and to build a platform for the presentation of multiple forms of art and creativity that express our cultural pride.

Fore more information about Tlalnepantla Arts and the Zenteotl Project, please visit

The Zenteotl Project strives to reclaim and recover our connection with zentli (corn), the earth, and community through gardening and creative expression in our urban Minneapolis environment. zenteotl.org

Solar Arts Holiday Show

Solar Arts Holiday Show


DEC 5-7 TH
12/5 Thursday 5-9PM
12/6 Friday 5-10 PM
12/7 Saturday 11-8PM

711 15TH AVE. NE
MPLS MN 55413

Caitlin Karolczak, Marisa Martinez,and Patricia Punykova,
Invite you to our ANNUAL ARTS SHOW Join us and our guest artists for Art, Music, and Merriment! Find that PERFECT gift for everyone on your list and enjoy some of the BEST ART in the Twin Cities.

The whole Solar Arts Building community will be open and celebrating for this annual holiday arts event- you won’t want to miss it!

Maiden Minnesota 2013 at the Graves Hotel Nov. 1st!

Maiden Minnesota

Maiden Minnesota is a fun, socializing and charitable shopping event featuring some of the best women-owned businesses in Minnesota.  Spend the night with friends mingling and shopping for the wonderful products and services that keep us stylish and in love with Minnesota!

Maiden Minnesota 2013 will help support and raise awareness for The Makers Coalition, a movement to restore and build the industrial sewing heritage of America. They work together to find, train and employ a proud, creative and skilled workforce for today and future generations.

More than 35 “Maidens” will show you their fashion, jewelry, accessories, home decor, specialty food items and more.  The event will feature exclusive sales, merchandise, and a silent auction.

I am EXCITED to once again be invited to be a part of this great event. I will be there with many new pieces in my collections. I will also be offering a great gift with purchase at this event so you don’t want to miss it!

Purchase your ticket today!

St. Paul Art Crawl AZ Gallery


St. Paul Art Crawl AZ Gallery

Come See me and many other amazing Artists this weekend at the St. Paul Art Crawl at the AZ Gallery!

AZ Exhibit Dates: April 4th-April 28th
1st Friday Reception: April 5th, 5pm-9pm
Art Crawl Weekend: 4/26th-4/28th

Art Crawl Weekend Gallery Hours:
Friday, 4/26, 5pm-10pm
Saturday, 4/27, 9am-8pm
Sunday, 4/28, 9am-5pm

308 Prince Street, # 130 St. Paul, MN

see map here : http://www.stpaulartcrawl.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/map-S-2013.pdf

Featuring New Work at Fine Craft Collective in Northfield MN For Holidays!

This is such an exciting Holiday Season for Meztiza Designs. I have the wonderful opportunity to feature my new work at The Fine Craft Collective in Northfield, MN again this year! This is a wonderful destination day trip for my friends in the Twin Cities. Northfield MN is home to St. Oalaf College and Carleton College plus this quaint town has wonderful food, shops and obviously Art for all tastes!

This show runs from November 24th-December 24th! Check out the link above for events that will brighten up your holiday season, and come down to see my work! Feeling Festive already!

AZ Gallery Holiday Event

On November 24th at AZ Gallery ~ Join Me and fellow artist/guests for a relaxing day 9-5pm in Historic Lowertown St Paul!   This coincides with Go Green Saturday & the Rice Park Tree Lighting Celebration in St Paul ! 
The Holiday Event runs from November 23rd – December 30 this year. There is so much to do in Historic Lowertown St Paul this holiday season! 
Gather friends, family, neighbors and step into a day or evening of festive shopping, foods and beverages! 

Tis the Season … Holiday Pop-Up Local Artist Shop featuring Meztiza Designs Jewelry!

A Pop-Up Local Arts Holiday Shop in Gaviidea Commons Skyway Level just opened its door on November 1st! 
Check it out while shopping Downtown Minneapolis! Lots of new exciting work is available for gifts !
Look for my jewelry featured at this wonderful Local Arts Holiday Venue.
So thrilled to be a part of Clay Squared to Infinity Collective!


2012 Maiden Minnesota Gala Event!

Come visit us tonight at The Graves 601 Hotel DT Mpls from 5-10 p.m. for Maiden Minnesota, a stylish, charitable shopping event featuring beauty, fashion, accessories, food, décor, and more from some of the most dynamic women-owned companies in Minnesota! Enjoy cocktails, exclusive sales, and a silent auction to benefit Project SUCCESS (http://www.projectsuccess.org/). Guilt free shopping!! 🙂

Be sure to stop by our booth, Meztiza Designs. My new collections has been featured in Hearten Wedding Magazine, and you can see a small sampling in this Facebook event photo. Don’t miss it! Custom orders are also welcomed.