What I’m working on: Frida in Focus


This month kicks off an exciting season for my art collective, The Phoenix Fridas! The Heard Museum (here in Phoenix, Arizona) is one of a few select U.S. cities to host the fantastic exhibit, Frida Kahlo – Her Photos. These are personal photos of Frida’s that had been locked away for decades. Of the 6,000 images, 250 of them are in this show. That is a huge exhibit that launched at the Heard last week, which drew 4,000 people on opening day when the doors opened at 9 a.m.!

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I was excited enough about the show, but then curator, Janet Cantley contacted me about a second show to run as a companion exhibit – Las Favoritas de Frida: Selections from the Heard Collection. For this show, the Heard invited The Phoenix Fridas to help curate! You can read more about it HERE. 

This Friday we have a trunk show for an event called Frida in Focus.


So, in addition to just coming off of Dia de los Muertos events, and right before the Heard Museum’s El Mercado de Las Artes is Frida in Focus – so I’ve been working my glittery tail off here in the studio to make merchandise to sell. Not only that, but wholesale orders have been coming in. I barely have time to come up for air (I do pop in for coffee!), and if you follow me on Snapchat, I post behind-the-scenes every day of my progress! You can find me there @craftychica

Here are some of the things I’ve been making for the season! Did I mention I’m also working on a book manuscript?


Paper earrings


Frosted ornaments


Fabric collage bags


Here I am taking a break – I went to the pre-opening of the Frida exhibit, this was in front of their selfie wall!


Maya filmed and edited a documentary for the show all about The Phoenix Fridas!


Making skull ornaments.


I handpainted Frida mugs!



And other mugs too!


Finished skull ornaments!


This is just a few of the items. And here is a video from last weekend at Desert Botanical Garden! I LOVE to make stuff, it is where my passion is, no matter what stage of life I’m in, I’ll always make stuff!

OK, I’m going to get back to work!! If you live in Phoenix, i hope you come visit me at an upcoming event!

Oh! By the way, this is what happens when I ask you to “help” me – beware!

Love & light,

One Response

  1. Hi Kathy We are planning to move to Arizona soon, probably to Chandler or nearby. Hope to attend some of these events in Phoenix to see your stuff and get to know the local culture. Thanks for always being so positive and a creative inspiration!

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