Sugar Skull Design started in 2012 in Tucson, Arizona. Designer Gabriela Fleming began with creating custom handbags and clutches, and with customer requests, she expanded her product line into home goods, jewelry and other accessories. Sales began on Etsy, and soon after Gabriela began to sell her handmade goods at various shows around Southern Arizona. In October 2015, Sugar Skull Design’s very own mobile boutique hit the streets in a vintage 1959 Shasta Airflyte trailer! In Ausust 2016, Sugar Skull Design relocated to Austin, Texas, trailer in tow. The mobile boutique was parked at The Picnic on Barton Springs until May 2017. In the summer of 2017, Sugar Skull Design narrowed down the product line to Resin Earrings and Prayer candles, all available via etsy.com. Sugar Skull Design is still for those who want something handmade and different!
To contact Sugar Skull Design or ask about a custom order, please email SugarSkullDesignAZ@gmail.com
WHAT IS A “SUGAR SKULL”?
Sugar skulls (also known as Calaveras de Azucar) originated from Día de los Muertos Holiday (Day of the Dead). The actual skulls are molded from a sugar paste, then decorated with icing, glitter and foil. These skulls often are placed on altars. The sugar represents the sweetness of life, and the skull represents the sadness of death.
WHAT IS “DÍA DE LOS MUERTOS”?
Día de los Muertos is a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico and around the world in other cultures. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. It is particularly celebrated in Mexico, where it is a national holiday. The celebration takes place on November 1st, in connection with All Souls’ Day (November 2). Traditions connected with the holiday include building private altars honoring the deceased using sugar skulls and marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed and visiting graves with these as gifts. They also leave possessions of the deceased.
GABRIELA FLEMING – FOUNDER & DESIGNER
Gabriela Fleming is a graphic and web designer based in Austin, Texas. She initially thought of Sugar Skull Design in the summer of 2011. After brainstorming many ideas, she eventually decided to give it a shot, and transform her vast collection of sketchbook drawings and love of handbags into items for others to enjoy. She hopes that you enjoy, and appreciates your support.