La Frida

There is not enough space or time to go on about one my favorite artists. Frida Kahlo. The master of emotions: Loss, heartache, joy, pain, you name it, she painted it.

I’ve been a Frida fan as far as I can remember, probably from the first time I saw her work and read her life story. Here is a link to learn more about her: http://www.fridakahlo.org/

I’m writing about Frida today because she is the inspiration for my next crochet project.  Actually, the idea started with a pair of Frida earrings I own.  I was wearing them the other day when I thought to myself that I just have to do a Frida inspired crochet project.

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There are two images that make up the images on the earrings.  They are from her painting The Two Fridas (Las dos Fridas).  In 2012 I had the privilege of standing before this beautiful painting when it came to the Los Angeles Museum of Art as part of exhibit Titled: In Wonderland: The Surrealist Adventures of Women Artists in Mexico and the United Stateshttp://www.lacma.org/art/exhibition/wonderland-surrealist-adventures-women-artists-mexico-and-united-states. It was a breathtaking experience to stand in front of the massive painting and to take the time to simply take it all in.

Resized book cover Resized Frida and Claudia

I’m working on developing the design for the project.  I am thinking of doing two blankets that will be inspired by the color palette in the painting or making two shawls.  I haven’t worked on any shawls so this project can further advance my skill.  Stay tuned for the sketches.

Frida Kahlo - The Two Fridas - 1939
Frida Kahlo (Mexican, 1907-1954). The Two Fridas, 1939. Oil on canvas. 68 5/16 x 68 1/8 in. (173.5 x 173 cm). Collection Museo de Arte Moderno, Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes–Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes, Mexico City. © 2007 Banco de México Diego Rivera & Frida Kahlo Museums Trust

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