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BEST LATINA ART COLLECTIVE Phoenix 2007 - Phoenix Fridas

Frida Kahlo remains an important Latina cultural and feminist icon for many artists (even after that awful movie they made about her a few years ago), so it makes sense that she's the namesake for this local women's artist collective. The Phoenix Fridas, as you might guess, focus their work around Mexican folk-art traditions, though they go about it in very different ways. The group works with diverse mediums — some women paint, others are jewelers or clothing designers, another works mostly on crafts like scrapbooks and knick-knacks — but they all love Frida and they identify themselves as feminists... whatever that word means these days.

These chicks love Frida to the point that they've even given each other nicknames: Smoker Frida, Tia Frida, Dead Frida, Crafty Frida, Beader Frida, Paper Frida, Frida Bill and, well, you get the point. Like a Latin-flavored sewing circle, the women share ideas, support each other and promote their art. They show occasionally at Paper Heart and their works can also be purchased through their MySpace page. In spite of the slightly misleading title, you don't have to be a Latina to join. You just have to love art and, of course, all things Frida.

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dead frida
dead frida

wow. isolda sounds like a bitter woman. too bad. i LOVE the "frida kahlo taco stand"! how bizarre that isolda OWNS her aunt's name. I, personally, am not impressed. keep creating, Bryant. it is so crazy how many people seem to have their hands out. dead frida

Miss Holley King
Miss Holley King

Bryant WOW�that was a lot of information.I personally I have never XeroxedFrida�s image and then used it in anyof my art.Any image I have used of Frida was from a found piece of matterlike, a calendar, a greeting card, magazine, whatever I have foundthat I liked and repurposed in the name of ARTOther people have and do.(I wish they wouldn't, it's not like there isan understood thing agreed uponwith folks who where still alive totalk about it)

ANYWHY, I guess it�s like anythingIn this world during these changing timesbuy goods from folks, (businesses ) thatyou would like to give your money to.

Anyway I�m glad this topic was brought up.

May you and yours have a wonderful day,Keri Plezia(aka; Frida-billy)(aka; Miss Holley King)

Bryant
Bryant

Have any of you been contacted by Isolda Kahlo's lawyers? I was. They tried to stop me from either using Frida's name or image altogether. I told the one from Mexico City that I didn't have a pot to piss in, and that they were going to be trying to get blood out of a turnip. I also suggested that if Isolda is so hard up trying to exploit her aunt's name that she has to resort to this, that she would do well just to hire me to come up with ideas. I also suggested that the lawyer be sure that Isolda can pay her fees, since she must be desparate to be resorting to this sort of behavior, and her desperation might be driven by the financial straights she is likely to find herself in due to her lack of imagination in turning her aunt's legacy into financial gain. They especially did not like the writeups I have on my Frida artwork pages, like my "Frida Kahlo Day of the Dead Taco Stand", for instance. I don't know why Isolda found it so offensive. She must be a sad, insecure person. That is all I can think of. I bet she bores people to tears down in Guadalajara. Can you imagine. "I'm Frida's niece. I own the rights to her name, and I spend all of my time going after outsider artists who actually like her. Are you impressed?"

Bryant

Next thing I knew, while I was out of town, my wife was getting calls from a lawyer in New York. When I got back, he had stopped calling. I understand that Isolda is notorious for this. There have been articles in Spanish in Mexican newpapers all about her practice of terrorizing artists with her threats of lawsuits and such.

Liz Boyle
Liz Boyle

Congratulations, Miss Holley King and all the Fridas!

Miss Holley King
Miss Holley King

-W-O-W-What a wonderful honor!The Phoenix New Times, my favorite ragto bestow such a honor on our hardworkin' crafty groupthe PHOENIX FRIDAS!I'm speechless.(which is not good because I'm a DJ)I will dedicate a song on my next radio show aboutwinning this might fine thing.

Have a good rockin' day(and night)Miss Holley King(AKA; Frida-billy)

Frida Beader
Frida Beader

Gracias Phoenix! It is great to get recognition from you all and keep up our good work! Carmen de Novais.

Crafty Chica
Crafty Chica

Muchas gracias, New Times for including our group in this year's issue!

Peace, love, and glitter,Kathy Cano-MurilloFounder, The Phoenix Fridas

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