I've been wanting to make a pattern with Frida for a long, long time, but I didn't want to make one just for the sake of it. It had to feel right. A few months ago, the right idea had finally formed in my head. The sketch up there is the very first version of the idea.
It is partially inspired by some of Frida's own paintings, but not one in particular.
Because I wanted Frida to actually look like herself, I printed out various photos of her and self portraits she had painted. I sketched those to get a feel for her facial features. I also started sketching elements I thought I might include in the pattern. Like flowers and birds a few jewellery ideas and other bits.
Did you see a little while ago, someone did a retouched version of one of Frida's portraits where they removed the uni-brow? That was kinda weird and didn't look anything like her. The impression I get is that Frida totally owned the way she looked so why change it?
I have kept the uni-brow and the hair shadow over her lip, because that's what she looked like. But I have toned it down a little bit, simply because it would become over powering when done with embroidery.
The thing is, until you start putting the colours together on the fabric, you don't know for sure what will work in which spot. In the next post I'll show how the stitching progressed and changed.
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