Frances says that she tries to not take herself or her work too seriously, leading to her fun and colorful designs.
Frances Rodriguez is an artist with plenty of art to show. You can find her artwork in different galleries, art exhibitions, in restaurants around the city of New Orleans, Louisiana, and in our Especially Eden gift baskets.
Frances always knew she wanted to be an artist even before she truly became one. She is originally from Alabama, but when she turned 18 she moved North to attend the Rhode Island School of Design, earning her B.F.A in Textile Design, with a concentration in Art History. Although she had strived four years in school, the fear of failure prevented her from making art right after she graduated. But, when her daughter was born she started painting the shotgun houses they saw when they went for their walks, and she hasn’t stopped since.
She now works with many different mediums, such as illustration and watercolor paintings, but working with textiles is still her favorite. “Textiles,” she says, “bring together all the colors and textures that I personally gravitate to, but it is very physical work.” She finds balance from the heavy work of sewing textiles with the calming practice of painting. She also finds balance within her busy day by focusing on nature and the natural aspects of life in the South. She says that the textures, colors, and sounds of nature bring her to a “quiet joyous place”.
Not only does the swampy, humid, wildlife of the South inspire her; music also plays a major role in her life as an artist. When asked who she would choose to work with, dead or alive, she chose Bob Dylan. She is excited by the ways in which music and art intersect with each other. Music and art can create a harmonious relationship where an artist and a musician understand each other through their own creative language. So it makes sense that her husband is also a musician -- a violinist from the Caribbean. She can draw inspiration from notes and lyrics from him and and other musicians; while visual art can inspire beautiful sounds.
“Keep going. Don’t stop. Persevere.” These were her words after I asked what her advice would be to someone who is creative or wants to become an artist. As a survivor of human trafficking, hearing those words made me feel hopeful and encouraged.
Frances heard about Eden House from a number of sources: through Trinity Church, a personal friend, and through the counseling program she attended at Loyola. Once she heard about Eden House she knew she wanted to give back back to an issue that she once had been “ignorant” to. Now her art is supporting survivors of human trafficking, and we are so pleased to have her as one of our vendors for Especially Eden. Frances has been a huge contributor to our social enterprise by designing our notecard and other promotional materials. You can also find her beautifully designed mugs in our Dreamer Basket.
Written By: Eliza, Social Enterprise Assistant