I know I said that I wouldn’t post any more dolls, but this is a strange kind of Frida Kahlo doll that I made from my Grate Frend, Beatriz. Beatriz sketches or paints Frida Kahlo whenever she is at a loose end or can’t get inspiration as a kind of warm-up or go-to. She has several pictures of Kahlo on her wall and on her website (www.beatrizacevedo.com). I made the doll from a pattern in the book I recently bought which also has the male doll pattern I have been using, We Make Dolls:
I quite liked the pattern but it was a nightmare turning the tiny arms through. I don’t really like this trend for very spindly arms and legs on dolls. They are everywhere, and there are lots of OOAK or One of a Kind dolls with them. They are very arty. But I prefer my dolls chunkier and more robust looking.
I did enjoy experimenting with rouging the cheeks. It was the first time that I had done this. I used a bit of wadding to rub in some Derwent art chalk blocks. They are water soluble and I really like them, but I suspect I had better tell Beatriz not to get her fact wet. I also liked the loops of thick wool for her hair. So I learned a couple of things.
Were I to make another Kahlo doll I would make much fuller skirt and have a go at getting the traditional dress that Kahlo wore:
You have to wonder, though, an artist as serious and dedicated as Kahlo becoming as commonplace and robbed of context as Marilyn and Elvis and Che Guavara. There is even a Frida Barbie doll.