Quick. Now, while you’re easing out of holiday party mode and heading into full-on wedding planning mode, please meet Sara Ewalt, a Seattle-based maker of piñatas. Only she calls them pinyadas. Why pinyadas? “I was emailing about the idea with a friend, and our email chain was called ‘Pinyada-yada-yada.’ I love puns,” she admits.
Okay but why piñatas, and why at your wedding? Read our interview with Ewalt, and check out the quick slideshow, to find out.
WWW: How did you discover your piñata talents?
Ewalt: I have a background in installation design (I used to work as a display coordinator at Anthropologie) and am currently part of an artist collective called Hens & Chicks Collective here in Seattle. Needless to say, I’m constantly making things. Pinyadayada started with a trip to the Georgetown Trailer Park Mall. I saw an Airstream all dressed up as a piñata and (surprise) they sold piñatas inside. The designs there were pretty generic—you know, Sponge Bob, a donkey… I said to my friend, ‘I could make awesome custom piñatas.’ The more I thought about it, what occasion wouldn’t be better with a piñata?
What materials are used in your piñatas? How long do they take to construct?
They’re either made out of paper mâché forms or cardboard. I’m able to make the base out of recycled materials, then I cover them with either tissue or crepe paper, but I’m interested in using other more unexpected materials, too. I’d say they range from four to fifteen hours depending on size.
Could your clients fill them with candy and treats specially selected for their colors and themes of their wedding? Or do they come already filled?
So far I’ve been filling them, because I’ve made them for people I know, but I want to sell them both ways.
UPDATE: January 23, 2012
A reader wrote in to tell me about yet another Seattle-based pinata expert, Tara at Penny Candy Pinata. The last slide in the show gives you a peak at her work. Seattle, you almost can’t have a pinata at your next bash.