Frida is my latest doll. She was inspired by a book that I discovered on art blog, A Fanciful Twist. The author of this blog, Vanessa Valencia, had a giveaway where she featured a hardcover book named Self Portrait in a Velvet Dress. In this book you will find photos of artist Frida Kahlo and the contents of her wardrobe which were found in her home La Caza Azul which is now a museum in her honor. This book is filled with so much eye candy that I don't think I will stop at one. Aside from the rich colors and textures of her wardrobe this woman had an eclectic style of her own and a immense life story. I love finding inspiration in which I am carried away into the project with an urgency that sees me through 'til the end of it's creation. Coincidentally, I have had a photo of Frida in my artspace for a very long time. Her images and lifes tale has always filled me with a sense of sadness,connection as a woman and most of all an appreciation for her art. She was much more than this, though. Read her story or if you must, rent the movie titled, Frida. On the technical side, her shirt know as a huipil is silk dupioni, her top skirt know as a isthmus is satin with a cotton underskirt trimmed in lace. She will be on display at the quilt show at Pine Bush H.S. this weekend.
I've always enjoyed creating things since I was a little girl. While my brother and sisters were out learning to ride bikes I would sit on a couch for hours making paper dolls and storing them in an envelope I stapled together out of construction paper. My first experience sewing was inspired by a book I ordered from a fundraiser in elementary school. With it's simple projects to sew, I chose to make an apron. My mother gave me an old garment to use for material. I sewed a square together forgetting to leave a small opening to turn it. I cheesed out and left it like that and attached a grosgrain ribbon on the edge for ties. I was so proud of that moment, ha ha. I've come a long way since then and my passion for cloth and creating continues. I enjoy making cloth dolls and like to dabble with whatever strikes my fancy. It's a journey.