Every morning for the past, at least 10 years, I have woken to this painting which hangs on a wall in our bedroom. I was fortunate to see it in the original when I traveled to The National Gallery in Ottawa, Canada for a major exhibition called Sol Y Vida Modern Mexican Art 1900-1950. That was in the Spring 2000. We bought this giant poster at that time and sometime later my husband framed it.
When I think of Frida Kahlo, I think of big beads, big jewelry and flowers.
Photograph of Frida Kahlo wearing some of her big bead jewelry
Photograph of Frida Kahlo wearing a necklace of big beads and large earrings
Photograph of Frida Kahlo with her jewelry and flowers in her hair
Today the Art Bead Scene Editors are taking the Challenge and sharing with you some of their work inspired by Friday Kahlo and her paining Self-Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird. First I am going to some very large beads I made at least 10 years ago
Slipping back into the present, I made a few very big flowers for this post:
When I thought very specifically about the painting, I focused on the butterflies resting on Frida's hair and made several butterfly toggle clasps reflecting her use of black and white -- in the painting they are made to look like lace. I used some lace netting that I had to create the background for the black and white butterfly toggle clasps:
I choose to combine the delicacy of the lacy butterfly with the rigid toggle bar as a reference to her early bus accident that cause her life long pain and confined her to a metal corset for much of her life.
Now let's see what the others have made: