Bandits : Balaam Bandana
The Báalam (or Jaguar in Mayan) along with the toucans, tropical plants, and woman in the design are symbolic of the delicate relationship between humans and nature in Mexico and the Caribbean. The design represents an ideal tropical ecosystem in which humans, plants, and animals can all work together in harmony, taking care of each other.
Cancun based illustrator and graphic artist Minerva GM expertly explores the relationships between women and the natural world through her series of vibrant, lively tropical prints and patterns. Her illustrations reflect a feminine and naïve style, while at the same time creating a sense of beachy nostalgia that feels familiar to both sexes.
In 2015, Minerva decided to leave her editorial design job in Mexico city to move to the beach and become a freelance artist. Since then she has incorporated her seaside setting into her work and never looked back. She has licensed designs to American Greetings, Little Bee Books, and musical artist Corrine Bailey Rae, among others. She currently lives near the beach in Playa Del Carmen making prints for everything from t-shirts to textiles.