Josefina P. Lizarraga, Paper Flower Maker

Josefina P. Lizarraga, Paper Flower Maker. Tucson, AZ  |  2020

Raised in Nayarit, Mexico, amidst rich vegetation and colorful flowers, Josefina Lizarraga learned about local flora and fauna from her mother, grandmothers, and elders. As a child she learned to make paper flowers from an artist in the pueblo of Ruiz and later from a Mexican-Chinese flower maker and dressmaker, who taught her to make paper flowers and to embroider. Lizarraga has been making paper flowers for 78 years and has demonstrated her craft at the annual Tucson Meet Yourself Festival for decades. She will continue working with her apprentice, Jean Ramirez, to share the artform.

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