After seeing Roxanne Quintero’s amazing homemade Vermicelli Fiesta Medal from 2017, I knew that I wanted to collaborate with her. She did such an amazing job of showcasing a South Texas pantry staple on a medal, and I had an idea rolling around in the back of my mind that I thought would be a perfect compliment. This is what ultimately led to her Rosarita Fiesta Medal for 2018!
Just like fideo, a lot of people grew up with these cans of refried beans in their pantry. And we thought it would be fun to do a little pop art twist on the can—I envisioned what Andy Warhol would have done to it had he grown up in South Texas! We turned the more darkish red/yellow pallet into something truly Fiesta with vibrant blue, purple, pink and yellow colors. And to make the refried beans pop, we ended up making them textured on the Fiesta Medal.
During our medal planning process, Roxanne had a tragic event where she had a miscarriage. The charity Any Baby Can was there for Roxanne and her family at a very difficult time of need, which is why she chose to help support them.
“At 16 weeks I suffered a miscarriage. I got to hold my son, sing lullaby’s, talk to him and tell him how much his father and I will always love him and never forget him while still in the hospital. He was so handsome! As his mommy, I couldn’t just leave without him, I needed to make sure my son was taken care of properly. Any Baby Can is very near and dear to my heart, because knowing that I felt this way they offered to pay for my son’s cremation. Talk about people being where they need to be at the right time. I wanted to bring my baby boy home with me, where he belonged and Any Baby Can made that possible.”