The travelling dolls are to be displayed at the Victoria Quilt Guild's show on May 2-4th at the Pearkes Arena here in Victoria. The quilters also have a challenge that involves travelling-they are to make a travel quilted bag.
As soon as I heard about the challenge I thought of making a Frida Kahlo doll travelling to Paris to display her surreal art work. I was very pleased with the result. The doll is about 18" in height. She is saying goodbye to one of her parrots before her travels.
She loved Mexico and loved the traditional Mexican folk art and the "day of the dead". This doll is based on her paintings. The hand shaped earrings she wears were given to her by Picasso. Frida loved to wear her joy of life on her body and she often wore lots of jewellery and flowers in her hair. She loved nature and animals and often painted herself with parrots and monkeys.
The next few pictures show the "day of the dead" cards (the side of playing cards) that are at the base of this piece. The Day of the Dead is celebrated in Mexico to honour the dead relatives. I picked these particular cards as Frida was born in 1907.