Sunday, July 19, 2015

Frida Parade

Fridas in the Barrio

SEEING FRIDAS --  You could feel it in the dense air.  It had rained heavily during the day with loud thunder and striking lighting storms hitting San Diego all morning and afternoon, but by late afternoon, it all had cleared up and it now was sticky, hot, and humid as hell; or as someone put it, as in Cabo San Lucas. 

As soon as I got off the I-5 Freeway on Cesar Chavez Way and got to Chicano park, one could feel the buzz, the anticipation, and the excitement that something great was about to happen. 

There I was with my Wink table all set up just outside the tiny Chicano Art Gallery on Logan Avenue. The gallery was having a closing reception for the Viva Frida, A Tribute to Frida Kahlo.   I could not have had a better view, it was the best effing spot as I saw many Frida look-alikes arrived and started enjoying the festivities for the Barrio Art Crawl. Their final destination: the opening reception for The Frida Kahlo Group Show at La Bodega Gallery.  Seeing that many Fridas was magical, surreal and so very Frida!

I snapped as many pix as I could, but between saying hello to friends, helping customers, trying to post pix to social media, it was impossible to get everyone.  At the end of my shift, 
I managed to see some of the artwork at some of the galleries, but by the time I did, I had already maxed my iPhone memory- an usual occurrence for this former photographer.  Make sure to stop by the Frida show at La Bodega and check out the Frida mural.  In any case, below are some of the pix I took of the Fridas. Enjoy!

The Making of Frida Kahlo Calavera

Frida Kahlo Calavera by Wink Artisans

MAKING A FRIDA -  She came out gorgeous!  I say (type) that with all the humility in the world. This piece was over a year in the making. I just was not able to find the right design balance to make it work on metal.  Every step of the way was a challenge to convey a Frida likeness. Most difficult was the the last flower, the center one, which kept braking and cracking... what a bitch it was.  I broke two flowers, and three drill bits, and to file several times to make it work. I'm not going to lie, I cried out of frustration, and cursed some (QUE LA CHINGADA!) but soon cleared my mind to tackle the challenge head on and finish the piece.
"Si actúas como si supieras lo que estás haciendo, puedes hacer lo que quieras."
- Frida Kahlo 

 I'm happy with the end result. I guess the cursing needed to take place for it to work. True story!


Below are some pix of the process. Enjoy!

First Cut on Silver.

Second Cut.

Soldered headband and unibrow.

Lastly, I added the flowers and a chain. 

Thursday, April 30, 2015


BAILA!   Un-dos-tres, cuatro-cinco-seis, siete-ocho, nueve-diez, un-dos. Planta, tacon, golpe!  Yes, that is the sound in my flamenco class. After a while, it just becomes a mantra and when I count anything, I count in flamenco measure. I am a bit mad about flamenco.

Recently, I took an intense Flamenco dance workshop with French-born dancer,
Fanny Ara and it got me all inspired. I've been practicing almost everyday.  Maybe that's why I had to to revive my Flamenca line -which had been dormant for a while - and get some bling going. 

So here you go flamencas, this is just the beginning.
BTW, that flamenco shoe is stealing my heart!

Hammered Hoop Earrings with Orange Coral

Flamenca Tag Pendant with Red Bead

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

In Lak'Ech

In Lak'Ech Statement Necklace by Wink Artisans

IN LAK'ECH -  I am another yourself or I am you, and You are me. 

Pensamiento Serpentino by Luis Valdez (1971)
In Lak’ech
Tú eres mi otro yo.
You are my other me.
Si te hago daño a ti,
If I do harm to you,
Me hago daño a mi mismo.
I do harm to myself.
Si te amo y respeto,
If I love and respect you,
Me amo y respeto yo.
I love and respect myself.
Thank you to Maria Figueroa for the inspiration get started on this piece. 

By Sol at Wink Artisans,maker of stunning, Mexican-themed, artisan jewelry.