Frida! An art doll

Remember that sneak peek of something I finished that I was pretty darn excited about? Here it is! An original design for a Frida Kahlo art doll that I made for a plushie swap.

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The person I was assigned is a doll artist and has made many dolls. After looking through some of her creations, I discovered she had made a Day of the Dead doll… that combined with her being an artist made me think a Frida Kahlo plushie would be the perfect choice.

I started by sketching out a pattern, so I would have a guide to follow. I wanted something not fussy, contemporary lines, and definitely Frida.frida4

I picked the fuchsia for her wrap because it reminded me of a wrap Frida Kahlo wears in one of my favorite photographs of her. I paired that with a chunky “bead” necklace, a bright floral dress, and a dimensional felt flower in her hair. Her face is hand embroidered.Frida Frida2 Frida3

I made the bottom so she can stand on her own, plus the bottom third or so of her body is filled with beans. She is a great presence on one’s studio table!frida5

Last touch was the “Handmade” tag I sewed in the side. I got these tags, which have a bunting on the other side, from this shop on Etsy when they were having a sale.frida6 frida7

I received word that Frida arrived safe & sound and was greeted warmly!

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