Sunday, January 4, 2015

Homenaje a México

This new work-in-progress is my homage to the residency I undertook in Mexico in August 2014. It takes its inspiration from Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo and uses the exquisite and quite rare Tehuantapec hand embroidery from Oaxaca, Mexico, that I purchased during my residency in Jalisco. There is also a unique hand-embroidered silk Bird of Paradise stem with buds, which I commissioned from a local embroiderer named Lopita.

For full details of this work in progress please see: Louise Saxton website

Diego Rivera's painting "Desnudos con alcatreces" 1944 (nude with Calla Lilies)

A detail showing part of my reinterpretation - "Desnuda y flores 2015 after Diego Rivera 1944"
Reclaimed Tehuantapec and Jalisco embroidery, antique lace, vintage cross-stitch, 
Hungarian silk embroidery, pinned to nylon tulle. Full work approx. 120W x 150H cm


  1. Love this exploration Louise and look forward to visiting your exhibition in September. Have you read "A Love Letter From A Stray Moon" by Jay Griffiths? a poetic fiction written in response to the paintings of Frida Kahlo, it's a slim volume and one of the most beautiful pieces of prose about art and beauty and passion that I have ever read.

  2. So sorry it's taken me so long to reply Mo Crow, I've had some big family health crisis recently and so my exhibition has been moved to November 2015. I do hope that will still be possible for you? I haven't read the book you mention, but I'd love to, so thank you! best of wishes Louise x