The Story Behind Our Logo
I am so excited to share the details behind our brand new logo!
We partnered with the Toronto-based artist Carolyn Gavin to create something magical that everyone in our community could feel inspired by.
I have been in love with Carolyn’s art work for quite some time now and thought her paintings of flowers, milagros, and Frida were the perfect fit for our brand.
After chatting with her via email, it was no surprise to hear that she has been drawing houses and flowers since nursery school.
When I asked her why she is so inspired by Mexican culture, she said, “I adore the colors, the embroidery, the flowers and the symbolism... It’s so rich and diverse. I also love the textiles. I’m mad for stripes, birds and animals on weavings and clothing.”
Originally I proposed creating a pocket with vintage-Mexican-style embroidery and cempasuchiles (marigolds), Carolyn sent over two versions for the first round. One included donkeys (featured below) and the second included doves (featured below).
But after the first round of edits, I realized that the logo was getting too busy.
We hadn’t discussed which animal would make sense for the brand so I immediately called my mom to see what her thoughts were.
After talking to her, she came up with the perfect suggestion: ”How about hummingbirds?
”In Mexico, hummingbirds are seen as messengers from the spiritual world. Just last year right after my grandmother passed away, my mom spotted a hummingbird in her garden and told my dad, “Look, Carlos! Your mom is coming to visit us.”
After hearing the story of the hummingbird, I felt sentimental in all the right ways. Since Mexico In My Pocket is a platform that was created to help us preserve and carry on traditions, I realized we had found the perfect symbol.
Hummingbirds, which naturally love flowers, represent our ancestors and the bouquet represents new life and the future generations that will continue to pass on our traditions.
The final detail would be to place everything in a pocket, as a nod to our name. When you think about it, we carry everything that is meaningful in our pocket—our phone, our wallet, our keys, and maybe even a photo of a loved one.
My heart was happy. The only problem was when Carolyn sent over the final version, it still felt too busy.
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My mom and Carolyn both agreed.
I am still blown away by the logo and am so grateful to Carolyn for creating something that is both beautiful and meaningful.
The best part is, seeing it reminds me that our ancestors are always with us and that our traditions will continue to be passed on.
My hope is that other members of our community will be reminded of the same idea and will want to carry this logo with them wherever they go.
If you’re interested in learning more about Carolyn, make sure to check out her Instagram account.
She also mentioned that she’ll be hosting an art retreat in Oaxaca later this year.
So make sure to stay tuned for those details! I know I’m personally interested in learning more.
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