Sonia Ruiz – Artist style #6

In the style of Frida Kahlo’s #6

Inspiration: Day of the Dead and the image of “Girl with Death Mask, 1938” (Niña con máscara de calavera, 1938)

I wanted to design my last quilt in this series as I began, using the same bed linen and materials as the other quilts.  Since it was November when I began this quilt I decided to create a Day of the Dead scene with Frida Kahlo finding her way back home following the marigold flowers to her Casa Azul.  She is free of pain and agony and rid of her special red boot and painful corsets she had to wear.  Frida is surrounded with butterflies, which is symbolic of rebirth, strength, endurance, spirituality, transformation and evolution.  The roots are connecting to her home and her love of family.

Materials:  hand dyed cotton bed linen, commercial fabrics, hand dyed gauze for the mountains, a used dryer sheet for the sun and moon, one painted and one natural.  3D flowers, machine embroidery, free motion quilting, confetti technique, tulle, raw appliqué, photo transfer technique, french knots, crystal earring, yute twine for roots.

Detail view:

  1. Magnificent work to end your series on this impressive Artist and strong Woman.Well done, Bravo!

  2. Chantal Guillermet

    In each of your quilts we felt Frida’s presence and strength but also the heavy atmosphere she lived in everyday. In this one there is lightness and hope. Lovely piece.

  3. A great finale to your series. Once again there is so much attention to detail and all of it with great significance. Well done!

  4. My goodness, this quilt is so fascinating with all the different meanings you have interpreted. bravo

  5. studiociboulette

    Beautiful quilt and magnificent feel of Frida’s world. Incredible attention to details. I love it. Bravo!

  6. What a beautiful and strong completion of your exquisite series! The usual incredible attention to detail, the symbolisms and significance of inner strength and connection to her home. It does leave me with a heavy heart for all the suffering this strong woman had to endure in her life. I am in awe of your series!!

  7. Just like the other pieces of your series this one also has a lot of details and symbolism. So great!

  8. All your pieces are filled with symbols and loaded with emotions, reflecting on the life of strong but vulnerable woman. You amaze me with your knowledge of Fred’s life and your ability to put so much into such a small piece.

  9. What a beauty. How much detail you put into this work. And the use of different types of fabrics, the butterflies that bring life, in short, wonderful.

  10. Amazing detail as always. The colours are really strong and I love the butterflies. Excellent.

  11. Every time I am in awe again with your imagination, your amazing details and use of all different kind of materials. This piece is a very successful end to your terrific series of Frida Kahlo. Bravo!

  12. joanbrailsford

    A beautiful end to your series, and how fitting that Frida is set free in this last piece. The colours and the butterflies give a lightness to this lovey piece. Well done

  13. This is a great way to end your series. the butterfly tribute to Frida is wonderful.

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