Inspired by craft groups springing up all over the country at the time, Kathy invited her friends to come together as a fun way to celebrate and indulge in the Chicano craft experience. Kathy is a professional crafter and is impressed that Latinos make up a large part of the $31 billion craft industry. Her goal is to promote and motivate Latinas to join in the art and craft movement. The Phoenix Fridas is her way of doing this locally.
Several wonderful members have rotated in and out since the original group, they are included in this blog. The current lineup is below! Throughout the years, each woman has brought a personal artful experience to the group. From painters to graphic designers to seamstresses and craft enthusiasts, the collective covers a range of backgrounds, ages and styles.
Aside from meeting once a month for a crafty potluck, The Phoenix Fridas also plan community events including Dia de los Muertos altars, “I Tried to Drown My Sorrows” Bar Crawl, First Friday exhibits and their annual Frida Kahlo Birthday Celebration that brings out hundreds of patrons each year. The Phoenix Fridas have also been featured on local television on Good Morning Arizona, along with national coverage on the DIY Network’s Uncommon Threads.
Appeared on DIY Network show, Uncommon Threads.
Each member is a creative entrepreneur, running a business from their artistic livelihood. From art exhibits to boutiques, speaking engagements to teaching, The Phoenix Fridas are always out and about!