7.5 hour workshop
This workshop has been created to coincide with the upcoming V&A exhibition "Making herself up", where Frida Kahlo's wardrobe and personal possessions are being shown for the first time outside Mexico.
You will spend a fun day in Gabriela's studio learning to use painting and decoupage techniques to create your very own art doll inspired by the Mexican painter. You don't need to be able to paint, draw or design as you will be guided through the whole process right from the beginning.
A primed MDF blank doll with Frida's face is supplied so that you can unleash your inner couturier and design a unique dress for her! You will find plenty of inspiration in the studio as Gabriela has an extensive collection of photographs of Frida Kalho's clothing and accessories taken during her visit to the artist's house last year. A generous selection of beautiful vintage and contemporary papers as well as vibrantly coloured acrylic paints provides further inspiration and is available for your use.
Please note that this is a small group experience to allow for plenty of individual attention to each and every one of the participants. To make the day even more enjoyable and fuel your creativity, a Mexican-inspired lunch and margaritas are included in the cost of the workshop!
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This is a Flexitime class, which means the teacher can run this class around your schedule.
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About your host, Gabriela Szulman Art
Gabriela is an artist and maker. She creates prints and collages, greeting cards, jewellery and scarves with images inspired by memory, nostalgia and a love of everything vintage.
Her work is often humorous and whimsical – unless her romantic side takes over and then you enter into a fairy-tale territory of old-fashioned script, pages of books and music scores populated by chivalrous gentlemen, glamorous ladies, butterflies and rabbits. She blends a fusion of painting and digital media – acrylic, watercolour and ink with digital print – onto paper and canvas to create pictures, quirky greetings cards and a range of “art to wear” which so far includes silk scarves and a jewellery collection.
Old photograph albums, vintage documents, magazines, books, cards, knitting pattern books and scraps of writing are things that make Gabriela very happy. Second-hand bookshops, junk shops, market stalls, attics and long-forgotten boxes are her treasure trove.
In addition to her own creative pursuits, she is passionate about inspiring other people and sharing her skills, so she devotes a good portion of her time to teaching.
Please wear suitable clothes as you'll be using paint and glue. Bring an apron if possible. Do let Gabriela know of any dietary restrictions you may have. Want to get your decoupage fix now? [Click here to read my Obby Project](https://obby.co.uk/blog/obby-projects-upcycle-ikea-stool) on how to upcycle an IKEA stool with decoupage.
This class is aimed at adults. Children over 12 welcome if accompanied by a parent or guardian who must also be a participant. Suitable for all levels of experience, from enthusiastic beginners to experienced artists.
Flexible cancellation policy
Any class can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase. See cancellation policy.