ARTIST OF THE MONTH
Frida Ticehurst Corona
Frida Ticehurst is an artist that focuses on textiles and natural fibers to create a stronger connection between art, herself, and the natural world. Her work is driven by permaculture principles and sustainability, striving to create regenerative lifestyles.
Frida was named by her parents after the Mexican painter, Frida Kahlo. She comes from a multicultural background where her mother is from Mexico, her dad is from England and she was born in La Paz, Bolivia. During her childhood, her family moved around the world from Bolivia to Managua, Nicaragua for 3 years and subsequently to Mexico City for 7 years. In Mexico she spent the longest time in a single country, growing up, exploring Mexican art and living in Coyoacan, a very bohemian and artistic part of Mexico City. Her family apartment is 2 blocks from Frida Kahlo’s museum, a symbolic place she visited frequently for inspiration to create and communicate life creatively.
After being in Mexico for 7 years she moved back to La Paz, Bolivia for 5 years. It is in this andean country where her art making started to really shape the way she interacted with the world. At the beginning, her practice was mostly focused on painting and drawing with some photography. Later, life took Frida to England and later Brazil, where her artwork was shaped by all the cultural and architectural influences in her surroundings.
In Brasilia, Frida’s work began to focus on nature. Flowers and the natural world were represented in different ways through a variety of mediums- including clothing. One of her main influences in the development of her artistic practice was and still is Alexander McQueen, the way he made clothing into sublime art pieces. This inspired her to start exploring the making process of clothing. Due to her interdisciplinary focus in art work, she applied to different colleges across the globe, choosing California College of the Arts (CCA) as her home base to grow academically and aertiscially.
Frida selected California College of the Arts because San Francisco inspired her to think of things differently. This new environment created in her a sense of curiosity and excitement to live in such an innovative society where sustainability and design were big factors of how the city developed. She began as an undergraduate in the Fashion Design Program at CCA and after her first year she reconsidered her major and switched to CCA’s Individualized Program, combining Community Arts, Textile Art and Fashion Design. She became very interested in sustainable ways to interact, create, and redesign clothing and textiles. Since then, her practice became focused on natural dyes and felting with carbon negative wool.
At CCA, she had had the opportunity to work on many interdisciplinary collaborations with students from many different majors, influencing her practice with both art and design principles. She’s grateful for her role models, where her teachers have been a source of inspiration and support system to explore ideas and create her artistic persona. She graduated CCA with a Senior Show titled: “No todo lo que es oro brilla” where she showcased felt pieces created with wool, paper and silk that had seeds embedded in them growing from the surface of recycled and organic materials to communicate the value of life cycles and nature.
During her last year at CCA she met Tyler Rivenbark who became a great collaborator. He started a non-profit called The Institute for Human Creativity, with the mission to activate and develop creative intelligence for social and environmental betterment. Soon after, Frida started working for the organization as the Program Director and Art Coordinator. Currently she’s working on the Tree of Life project, an initiative designed by Tyler which is a large scale interactive art and architecture piece made of sustainable materials. This artwork has the objective to transform and improve our relationship with the natural world, creating a space for transformation and inspiration delivered through the materials and interactive technology.
Finally, we would like to quote Frida’s exact words on how she views herself as an artist:
My goal with my work is to create platforms of creative expression that brings us closer to nature. Textiles are my passion and I love doing textile work, from dyeing yards of fabric for someone else to make something out of nothing or making my own pieces of clothing. I believe in collaboration with other artists, designers and makers because it has enabled a large and varied platform to activate human creativity in community, which for me is a great way to create long lasting impact.
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