The more I learn about Frida Kahlo, the more in awe I am. Her fearlessness in sharing her deep, dark world with such vivid and deeply personal work always brings me back. I can count on her to slap me in my face when I worry about whether I'm good enough to put my work out there, or when I need a break from curated timelines full of photoshopped selfies and just want to sit on the bathroom floor braiding my hair.
This bud vase is an homage to my heroine.
It is made from slip-cast porcelain, and hand-painted with ceramic underglazes before firing. To create the mould, I used a series of old German doll face moulds my friend Margit bought for me at a French flea market. I recognised their faces instantly: they brought me back to my German grandparents' house where I used to play with my mum's childhood dolls.