If you are in the San Francisco Bay Area and looking for a creative way to commemorate  Women’s History Month we have an idea that initially might seem out of left field. But stay with us.

Follow the example of Frida Kahlo and adorn yourself with a floral crown headdress that you made yourself.

Let us explain why and with this disclaimer – we offer floral crown making classes.

The Frida Kahlo exhibit is opening at the DeYoung Musuem in March which is the beginning of women’s history month. Whether or not you agree with Frida’s politics or admire her artwork, one thing is for certain. She is one of the most celebrated contemporary female painters in the world.

And she is an example of a woman who overcame numerous obstacles (sexism, physical disability) to achieve greatness.

In addition to being a feminist, she was a fashionista. Her wardrobe, unibrow and her signature flower crowns – helped her express how brave and original she was.

Frida Kahlo was one of the first women to use fashion to broadcast a feminist message of independence, work and equality,”  according to Susana Martinez Vidal author of Frida Kahlo: Fashion as the Art of Being

Her signature floral crowns headdresses symbolized sexuality, free-spiritness and a hint of rebellion. Doesn’t that sound like qualities the Bay Area is known for?

Flowers represent feminine power and beauty.  There are so many metaphors about flowers which can serve as a reminder of of our inner power and help us overcome challenges.

“Bloom where you are planted”  -or “ Every Flower must grow through dirt.”

We have a Quotes about flowers  board on Pinterest which would make lively discussion topics as you make a floral crown headdress together with your friends or co-workers.

Speaking of making a floral crown headdress, research has shown that making things with your hands is great for decreasing stress, relieving anxiety and improving mental health.

And making things with your hands is a large part of finding your flow, and flow is highly correlated with happiness. Don’t we need more of that ALL year round, not just for women’s history month?

A headdress is egalitarian – it looks good on women of all ages, sizes and body types. And when you make  design your own headdress you can design a style that suits your personality or your fantasy.

So gather you your co-workers, girlfriends, family members and come to The Headress Workshop in Oakland and take our Thursday or Sunday afternoon headdress class to make your Women’s History Month Floral Crown.

If you have a group of five or more, you can book a private class. You get to book the day and time – and the 6th person is free


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