Happy Birthday, Frida!
For about a year, I had the pleasure of working for Anne Damon, the owner of Zinnia Folk Arts. She was looking for help with her blog and some other related tasks, and I was looking for flexible creative work. We took a let's-see-how-this-goes approach, and I'm happy to report that it was an opportunity that I very much appreciated.
Part of why I enjoyed it so much is because I got to dig into a variety of topics about Mexico, a place that I have loved visiting but also a place about which I do not know as much as I would like to. Writing blog posts for Zinnia Folk Arts was a very fun way to dive into textile and other creative topics related to Mexico at a time when it is not practical for me to actually travel there.
I appreciate having had the chance to write and reflect on the life and work of Frida Kahlo, a very famous Mexican artist that I knew of previously only in a brief way. While working with Zinnia, I had the pleasure of writing about her twice, and both times came away marveling at what we can do as humans in this world.
Check out the pretty, artisan-created and hand-imported folk art that Zinnia Folk Arts carries and while you are there, celebrate Friday Kahlo's birthday by reading a little bit about her here and here. Or, if you are on the go, listen to these podcasts about her. You will probably be amazed by her, if you weren't already.
Happy Birthday Frida! This world would not have been the same without your style and strength.