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Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo

Mankind owns its destiny, and its destiny is the earth.

We are destroying it until we have no destiny. – Frida Kahlo

Sketch of Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo was born in Mexico City, Mexico (1907). She is recognized as one of Mexico’s greatest artists; however, little is ever mentioned about her rebellious nature and desire to make a change in the world.

In her adolescence, she adopted a sort of romantic socialism that was combined with cultural nationalism. Her artwork often dealt with gender roles, abortion, pregnancy, and conception – topics that women did not feel free to address in public.

 

Photo of Frida Kahlo

Sexism and racism are parallel problems. You can compare them in some ways, but they’re not at all the same. But they’re both symptoms inside the white male power structure. – Frida Kahlo

Photo of Frida Kahlo

Search for the mysterious blossoming fern in the moonlight.

The Frida Earrings

Frida Kahlo has always been one of my favourite artists and to celebrate the life and work of Frida I have created these sterling silver kinetic arc dangle earrings. Much symbolism is used, from the long column that represents Frida’s spine to the arches that create wings for Frida to fly instead of walk.

artisan earrings in sterling silver inspired by Frida Kahlo

Unlikely Inspiration

Unlikely Inspiration

I never kill insects. If I see ants or spiders in the room, I pick them up and take them outside. Karma is everything. - Holly Valance Summer evenings up at my cabin bring a mass or night flying insects hoping they can somehow reach the warm electric glow of the light...

Nina Simone

Nina Simone

I tell you what freedom is to me: no fear. – Nina SimoneNina Simone (nee. Eunice Waymon), was a singer, musician, and Civil Rights activist. Born in Tryon, North Carolina in 1933 Nina had a musical talent that was evident quite early in her life. By the tender age of...

Gold Plated vs. Gold Filled

Gold Plated vs. Gold Filled

Gold-Plated vs Gold Filled Jewellery   Most people know what gold plated jewelry is. The name explains that it is plated or coated with an ultra-thin layer of gold (about .5 micron). But have you ever wondered what gold filled means? Is it good quality?...

V is for …

V is for …

What's in a name?   After using VenusVelvet as my moniker for over 25 years, I have decided to change my business name to v2design.  Why? Because I got so terribly tired of people, men usually, asking me if I was a stripper. Who knows what would possess someone to ask...

I’d Like To Change The World

I’d Like To Change The World

Today I'm sharing three videos by brave women artists who aren't afraid to share with the world what they feel is important. *Warning: course language*

Romance Under the Night Sky

Romance Under the Night Sky

On the day that man first set foot on the moon my grandmother lamented. She worried that the mystique of the moon would be destroyed.  But, knowing that the moon is just a big rock orbiting around the earth doesn't deprive us of our imagination, or desire to dream....

Sveiki!

I’m Karo, a jewellery designer + metalsmith inspired by women’s history, ancient Baltic/Nordic cultures, and the cosmos.

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