"Tianguis" is the name of open air markets held in Central America. These markets sell produce, hand made goods, supplies, and so on, and have been around at least since the Aztec Empire. "Tianguis" is in fact a word from Nahuatl, the language of the Aztecs. These markets still exist today and are more or less unchanged from when they were held in ancient times.
For this book we were given a prompt of "mexican markets" and my research lead me to the tianguis. I was fascinated by the history behind these markets and how they've been preserved through time. In making my artist book I focused on creating a non-repeating pattern that was derived from Aztec imagery. I wanted to capture the feeling of busy-ness and mass stimulation but not chaos. Tianguis are incredibly lively, packed with customers and merchants, with huge amounts of colors and stacks of items set up in attractive displays. Despite all that tianguis are still highly organized and controlled. I really liked the idea of an "organized chaos" and I attempted to create that sensation in my book.