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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

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....

Summer’s Rosy Glow Lingers

Summer’s Rosy Glow Lingers

Summers on Deer Bay   Christmas, Thanksgiving you name the holiday, and you can be sure that I am available to my customers and working in my studio from about 8 am to 10 pm. Design, bench work, assembly, filling orders, taking photographs, or updating my...

The Canada Goose

The Canada Goose

Like a newly hatched gosling stumbling and fumbling in the dark for words stuck to the roof of my mouth like peanut butter and jelly sweet and delicious   Canada Geese Pose for Photographs   This year is Canada's 150 anniversary with big celebrations all...

Meet 5 Women Behind the Solidarity Collection

Meet 5 Women Behind the Solidarity Collection

Five Kickass Women Inspire Jewelry Collection Inspired by women who have made this world a better place, the Solidarity Collection goes beyond just jewelry – it’s a symbol to remind us that we have the power to create positive change in this world. Having been touched...

Best Christmas Holiday Songs Playlist 2016

Best Christmas Holiday Songs Playlist 2016

Happy Holidays! Here's a little gift from me to you   The period approaching the holidays is the busiest time of the year for me work wise. Making and shipping all those lovely gifts for you and all the special people in your lives keeps me so busy that I...

Celebrating Summer Solstice The Latvian Way

Celebrating Summer Solstice The Latvian Way

Summer Solstice marks the beginning of summer by bringing us the longest day and shortest night of the year. Jāņi also called Līgo or John's day is a celebration of the summer solstice with ancient pagan roots. It's the time of year when the forces of nature are at...

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

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