Today, Naomi Parker Fraley, the inspiration for the original Rosie the Riveter painting done by J. Howard Miller in 1943 passed away at the age of 96.
There is a great article by Margalit Fox in the
that tells her story, and the facts behind the painting - well worth reading. I happened to come across a copy of the poster in The Smithsonian
(pictured here) last month so the timing has been uncanny. It’s been quite an eventful journey so far with my own version of Rosie - I felt it necessary to reinvent and challenge the original image - featuring beautiful @iamtico as the model. A bit of an emotional rollercoaster, truth be told (including bootleg merchandise aplenty), but from
to auctions of prints for charity, to
, so many amazing things have transpired I’m nothing but grateful. 🙏 Thank you for the incredible feedback - it continues to motivate me to keep making work with a positive, uplifting message. 💪⚡️