I am here today to talk about a person that I am really a big fan of and that I had the opportunity to play her in a photoshoot. Her name is Frida Kahlo. Do you know her?
She is a very famous Mexican painter who was married to Diego Rivera. She was a Communist and mainly she is known for her disability, many operations and chronic pain like me.
I was lucky to go to Mexico a few years ago and went to visit her house and see her clothes, and to be surrounded by all her stuff. What I liked most was her bed that has a mirror on the top from where she painted portraits of herself. She used a lot of colours in her work and she is remembered for her monobrow and flowers in her hair. There is a film on Netflix about her and I highly that recommend you watch it.
Over the summer in England, Frida is being celebrated in exhibitions. I took a picture in the street in Chelsea in front of a large mural of her with real flowers in her hair… AMAZING Also I was asked to play her for an exhibition that will be on from 22 August to 6 September in London. I will leave the details at the bottom of the blog. So what was it? A friend of mine, photographer Anila Hussain, invited me to play Frida for a photography exhibition. I accepted instantly. She said we are much like each other and I would represent Frida very well in this exhibition called ‘ALL CAN BE FRIDA’. So we prepared for more than 2 days… flowers, clothes, colours, makeup, hair. It was a big job for 10 minutes of photography.
And the result is here.
I also made a vlog of my day being Frida and I will also leave the link here. I was out of my comfort zone but I was so honoured and proud to do it. The photographer had special advice for me to connect with my pain while she was taking the pictures, so I thought about all challenges and physical pain I go through.
I just hope you can go to the exhibition and see the results for yourself. Just to bring awareness about Frida is already good enough but to be in an exhibition being her is the icing on the cake!
Espacio Gallery website for further information.https://www.espaciogallery.com
Here below is the vlog for the day. I hope you enjoy it.
I came across WheelAIR last year when a friend approached me about this amazing product. At that time I didn’t understand much about all of its benefits and I didn’t think too much about it until earlier this year when I went to Naidex to be a judge of the Naidex Changing Lives Award.
WheelAIR was a product in the competition so I became more familiar with it and realised all of its benefits.
I’ve now tried the product and then today I am here to talk it as I believe it will improve the lives of so many wheelchair users.
It is something that will change the game for wheelchair users.
WheelAIR is a backrest that blows cool air through your back making you feel fresher in the hot weather. If you are a wheelchair user you will understand when I say that in the heat it’s not fun at all to be sitting all the time.
Also for tetraplegics that don’t perspire it probably will be an excellent purchase as it will help you to keep cool. Another situation where it will help us is when we are playing sport because we get hot and sweaty and the wheelAIR backrest will help keep us cool.
So I’ve tried it for a week now and I have used it in 3 situations that made me feel much more refreshed. 1) The first was a meeting where the air conditioning wasn’t working properly and I was just fine after turning it on.
2) Last weekend I used it at the gym during an Insanity session…. oooooh I can’t describe that feeling. It was hot and the backrest made a big difference.
3) Happened today. It was a photoshoot in the sun where the temperature was 28 degrees…. lifesaver.
So this is my initial review and I hope to share with you many more situations where it will have an impact. If you also have one please let me know what you think.
They have some case studies you can take a look and see how it improves the lives of different people from different backgrounds. https://www.wheelair.co.uk/case-study-antony-cotterill/
Here is their website in case you would like to know more about it. https://www.wheelair.co.uk
I am so happy to demonstrate products that will help somehow.
How are you doing? A few weeks ago I tried a new sport. I filmed it all so you could understand how I did it.
It was challenging to go on the water and transfer to the boat. They have volunteers to assist and they make your life much easier. I have friends from tennis that invite me all the time but it was through Fiona G that sent a message to my husband on Linkedin and made us very interested.
It is an open session that takes place every Thursday at Queens Mary Sailability here in London. I didn’t know they had that facility. What a great place.
Please take a look at the video and let me know if you have any questions or comments.