Sonia Ruiz – Series #4 – Homage to Frida Kahlo
While I was thinking about my 4th quilt in my “Sacred Heart” series, I remembered that July was an important month for one of Mexico’s most famous artist, Frida Kahlo. She was born on July 6, 1907 and passed away on July 13, 1954. I wanted to pay homage to Frida by incorporating some of her famous traits somehow with my theme. That was my challenge. I used traditional Mexican woven fabrics that I had previously made sofa pillows with, so the use of scraps continue. I layered the colorful fabrics and machine quilted simple lines to the background. I added cotton lace and frayed the black woven fabric underneath it to make it fringy and add more texture. I wanted lots of color and texture. I appliquéd a raw edge faux trapunto heart for her face, I did the same with the hair. I appliquéd and then added black eyelash yarn representing the thorns and also her eyebrows. I rolled and twisted raw edge woven fabric for the primitive flowers and then added green eyelash yarn for the leaves which also represent the flames. I then embellished a little bit and made her some special earrings. The flowers, yarns, beads, buttons and cross were all hand sewn. I experimented with different fabrics, colors and techniques for the flowers, but I really liked the way the primitive flowers added more texture and giving it all a whimsical look.
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