For International Women's Day we asked our apprentice painter, Elle, to choose the woman who had inspired her the most*.
Without hesitation, she chose Frida Kahlo. And we had our mural design.

*and no, she wasn't allowed to choose her Mum.
Elle Koziupa
Courtney Richards
West London
Frida Kahlo was a Mexican painter who used a surreal folk art style to explore questions related to identity, post-colonialism, gender, class and race in Mexican society through a distinctly feminist lens. She was physically disabled, an outspoken political activist, and the first Mexican artist to ever be featured in the collections of the Louvre.

For this piece, Elle chose colours from the palette of Frida Kahlo's work. Look out for the pink ribbon – it's pulled from Kahlo's painting 'Self-Portrait Dedicated to Dr Leo Eloesser'.


Frida's work explores identity, feminism, death, gender, class and race. She was determined – the embodiment of strength."

Elle Koziupa