Saturday, October 27, 2018

Beautiful Freaks Fest 2018

Scars, Scars, Scars… Such Terrible Beauty!

Welcome to my shadowy corner of the party for Beautiful Freaks Fest 2, which I am co-hosting with Magaly Guerrero and Rommy Driks. If you are contributing to the festivities, make sure you leave the link to your post/s on the party Linky over at Magaly’s blog, aka BFF2 HQ.  If you just want to observe the fun, the same Linky will give you access to all the party participants.

I was all set to make the Bride of Frankenstein my complete creative focus for BFF2 (she will be making an appearance later), but when Magaly, Rommy, and I were discussing the theme of scars, Magaly (who suffers chronic pain and is battling a serious health issue) said something that struck me: 

"When my pain gets really bad, I always think of Frida. That woman was pure warriorness... " 


She was, of course, speaking about Mexican artist, Frida Kahlo.  If anyone embodies the spirit of rising above life’s physical, emotional, and psychological scars it is Frida. Despite being the victim of ill-health, a tragic accident, and ceaseless pain, she fought on for her life and art, and since her death in 1954, has become regarded as a national treasure for Mexico, and an icon for the non-conformists and the marginalized everywhere.

So, with this new inspiration, I had to make a wee Frida for Magaly. Hopefully this little talisman from a faraway friend will be a constant reminder of her own “pure warriorness”.

Thank you for visiting! I hope you’ll head off to mingle with the other partygoers now.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Beautiful Freaks Fest 2 is Nigh!

The second annual Beautiful Freaks Fest is nigh, and this year Rommy will be joining Magaly and me in hosting duties.

This year’s theme is:

Scars, Scars, Scars… Such Terrible Beauty!

As Magaly puts it:

“Let’s create art (short tales, dolls, poems, sculptures, songs, paintings, spells, jewelry… anything you can think of) that celebrates the magic of embracing the scars life has marked our skins and minds with and turn all that hurt into an artful armor of terrible beauty.”

The idea is to create an uplifting piece about rising above life’s scars… to find the beauty in something otherwise terrible… to find the positive in a negative.

Magaly’s blog will be our BFF2 HQ, so head on over there to get loads more information and ideas, but feel free to direct any questions you may have to Rommy and me too. I hope our freaky fest tickles your fancy and look forward to seeing you at the party!