Each Snapdragon creation manifests a powerful energy and intention. Hold one of my dolls or hoops in your hand and you will feel the unique spirit stitched into each of these little beings and works of art. I design and handcraft every item in my collection, drawing inspiration from my own artistic muses, from my passion for folk art, and from the long tradition of women who told stories with needle and thread (including my own great-grandmother, whose crewel work hangs on my walls).
Snapdragon pieces are artworks to treasure. Yours will be a true original—marked by the hand that made it and by the energy surrounding its creation.
Some of you might have seen online that I am currently embarking on a lawsuit against the Frida Kahlo Corporation (FKC), which claims to hold a trademark registration on "Frida Kahlo" for dolls. For those of you interested in learning more, please click here to read the complaint. From there, you can click on "complaint" to read the initial filing.
I never imagined I would end up in litigation, especially against such a powerful corporation. However, I believe in supporting the rights of artists (especially those of us who are small artisans and craftspeople) to create beautiful and meaningful works of art that honor the legacy of Frida Kahlo. Although my Frida art dolls and hoops are not the totality of my collection (I have many folk-art inspired creations that I will later include on this website), they are a core element of what I create.
I have always been drawn to emotionally expressive artworks--like Frida's. Art that brings joy and inspiration, but also puts you in touch with the darker, more painful and primal emotions. Even as a child, I gravitated to the mythological, the magical, the archetypal (in both art and literature). My fiction writing, like my collection Hangings: Three Novellas, explores many of the same themes. In my personal space, I have long surrounded myself with folk art. I want the objects around me--and those I create--to serve as mentors, guides, muses (comforting, talismanic, protective, but also vital, enlivening, and deeply meaningful). I want them to resonate across times and cultures, to generate the spark of aesthetic and creative energy in the brain, to create connection. Work like Frida's encourages us all to lean into the fear of the creative space, the emotional space, to find the courage to delve deep and take risks. They motivate us to share our pain and struggles, to strive to be original and raw and expressive. They encourage us to embrace all that is is different, strange, beautiful, grotesque, and vital in ourselves and others.
I don't believe that artists should be bullied or threatened into abandoning their art, silencing their voices, and stifling their creativity. That is the main reason why I am challenging the FKC's alleged trademark registration, that has been used as a cudgel not only against me, but against a number of other creators and artists. I will let you know how the lawsuit progresses, and hopefully the results will free more artists to share their visions with all of us. I am just starting up this website, but I hope to link to important articles about the history of the FKC battles with artists, the Kahlo family, etc.
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