Thursday, March 7, 2013

The Frida Kahlo Door

Last week I showed you half of this door, and told you part of the story. But a lot of you asked questions, so I thought I give you a full view and little more behind the Frida Kahlo door.

Kashmira and I saw the door and knew we had to check inside this store. It was full of Southwestern- inspired furniture with re-claimed wood. And a flare that was both North and South of the border. Plenty of items from Mexico including some great Day of the Dead items.

I asked the girl who was running the store, about the front door and she said that her mom was the artist. That she had refinished many of the items in the store. She explained that the door is still in progress, and if you look closely you can see the unfinished edges of paint spilling onto the pictures of Frida. Apparently her mom had printed out a pile of Frida Kahlo art and pieced together a collage and then layered decoupage on top of the pictures.

I have been exploring Frida's art lately. I find it so bold and colorful. Frida was often asked why she painted so many self portraits and her answer was "because it is the subject that I know best." I love her style, and her confidence. And for the era that she lived (born in 1907) she set a new standard for feminism; she was ahead of her time.

I would have loved to design some jewelry for Frida. While her style doesn't seem that daring by today's standard ... I don't know a lot of women 80-90 years ago who were wearing some of the outfits in her portraits. I have a few Frida-inspired earrings that I'm working on at the moment, which I will reveal next week for the Celebrate Oz :: Frida Kahlo aLteREd hop. Check out the picture of Dorothy with Frida eyebrows. How awesome is that?

15 comments:

Duni said...

haha - the altered image is so cool ;-)
I like Frida's floral headpieces!
Can't wait to see your FK-inspired earrings!

Christine Altmiller said...

such a cool door~your pictures are great but it must have been so impressive in person! The altered Dorothy is too funny :-D
I cannot wait to see your jewelry for Frida hop!

BIKBIK AND RORO said...

How fascinating! Frida was definitely an amazing woman, and led an amazing life -- if you are interested, I'd recommend her biography by Hayden Herrera :)

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

That is a beautifully unique door. What a treat to be able to see it up close!

Chelsea St.Pierre said...

I love it...'why do you paint so many self portraits?..because it is the subject I know best'. How many people can say that? I love it, truly wonderful to see her here and discover even more about my lovely Frida! Thank you so much.

Memories for Life said...

That door is so cool and I bet the whole shop was too!

Marcela Gmd said...

Beautiful gate!!! I love the paintings of Frida!! one stormy life...
Have a wonderful weekend dear friend! and my g+ for you...

Besos, desde EspaƱa, Marcela♥

Patti Van said...

I bet you all had a blast in that store...great pictures...great story...great lady! Thanks for sharing!

meghan silva said...

Even though its a tad unfinished the door and artwork is amazing .

xo Meg<3

Meghan Silva's Blog

BeadedTail said...

That is just too cool! I'm so reserved that seeing a bold door like that makes me envy their creativity!

Linda Wildenstein said...

You were right to think I would think this cool. It is fabulous. It's fun too because the artist that did the painting I used for the Celebrate Oz button is from Australia. Frida has no borders in her admirers. I am always tickled to see what someone else who loves Frida will do. SunshineShelle gave me this painting because of my love for Oz not knowing I also have a passion for all things Frida Kahlo.
Thanks and I can hardly wait to see what you have come up with for our fun to come as we trek down the yellow brick road on March 15.
xoxo Oma Linda

Jeeh Neumann said...

Lovely!!!

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Magic Love Crow said...

Fantastic! Thanks for more information about the door and about Frida ;o) I am celebrating Altered Oz too! Can't wait to see what you create! Take Care ;o)

Katherines Corner said...

Frida was an interesting woman. Great post. Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop xo

Miss Val's Creations said...

This was such an amazing idea. The decoupage actually makes each piece look like a real painting! The Frida movie was great but I am not sure how accurate it was to her life, but it was fascinating none the less!

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