Thursday, June 12, 2014

Famous Bohemians series: Frida Kahlo

When I decided to create my new line of products, I first thought about people and places that inspire me and I knew I wanted to pay homage to some of the artists throughout history whom I admired. Looking back at the long line of artists, performers, and writers I realized the people I admired most possessed qualities that I wish I had more of: personal courage, tenacity, willingness to stand out in a crowd, and a desire to challenge the status quo. I've lived a pretty conventional (and some might say boring and safe) life, so sometimes I wish I could call on these qualities like a superhero calls on their superpowers--(wouldn't that be great?) The first person I thought of and decided to feature was Frida Kahlo. Below are some of my products that feature Frida, either in a group or on her own. In my perf-out postcard booklet, I actually have a short bio of each artist-Frida included. Her life deserves a much longer bio, but for purposes of the postcard format I kept it short and simple. Here's the super-short synopsis of her life:
Frida Kahlo (1907-1954) Mexican self-portrait artist who survived both polio and an almost fatal bus crash, going on to become one of the most admired female artists in history. She had a well documented and troubled relationship with Diego Rivera and although eventually married, they kept separate but adjoining homes and studios.
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I started by making Frida's portrait in wire as that's the way I "sketch"

This is the complete line including (clockwise from top left) perpetual calendar, tote bag, embossed greeting card, postcard booklet, pillow kit, tea towel, stitchable poster kit

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