I belong to a local coalition that has organized to take actions to help mitigate climate change and one of my ‘actions’ is to make postcards. The cards are printed with a distinct design so eventually someone at the legislators’ offices will notice that there are loads of cards from one group–they’ll see that we’re paying attention. The cards are pre-addressed so people won’t have the excuse of having to dig up the addresses so they’ll put off sending them. (Of course, they have to buy stamps…) I have gotten my cast off, but I’m still a little slow so I’m not as productive as I’d like. But, I should get back to the shop this week and will get back to it! Drop by drop…
I’m still focusing on healing, but this ‘cracked wing’ of mine has prompted me to revisit some of my past work. Here’s an illustration from an exercise I had years ago in a graphic design class. Intended for young children, it’s a purposely simple illustration for a book based on a dream I’d had–and I still think my little elephant friend is as cute as it was years ago.
approximately 10 feet long and 2.25 feet wide, muslin, starch, beeswax, linen thread, wood strips, etching ink, glue
One of my favorite pieces…
Here are some 3D examples of an interest that started for me in grad school and has continued till today…
⇒ And, here’s an interesting article by Michael Kimmelman about housing density from the New York Times:
3/11/2020==> This looks good!: IN OUR PRIME How Older Women Are Reinventing the Road Ahead by Susan J. Douglas Here’s a review at NYT: Stop Telling Older Women to Step Aside by Leslie Bennetts Let’s beast it, ladies!!! We’ll change the world!
3/5/2020 ==> The hits just keep on coming! Here’s another article confirming my experience in the world: Nine out of 10 people found to be biased against women This is an article from The Guardian tells us what we’ve already sensed through our lives’ experience–men, and WOMEN, mostly don’t consider females the equal of males. These findings are a result of a UN Development study and tell us in no uncertain terms that people have a long way to go to become fully human.
2/28/2020 ==> I just came across this PBS video about an artist who addresses in an immediate way some of the issues I discuss below: Tatyana Fazlalizadeh, Visual Artist: “Stop Telling Women to Smile” This is really worth a watch!
“Womanizer” hammer, women’s purses 2013
This piece and incident, as described below, came to mind just yesterday as did an article from last spring, I think as a result of several things currently in the news: The WaPo’s Robin Givhan’s “Let’s talk about ‘Project Runway’ stars using ‘old lady’ to describe unflattering clothes” from April 23, 2019. Fashion, women who wear it and the men who get to decide…
This grad-school piece above was a ‘first draft’ attempt to express some degree of my lifelong rage at misogyny and the males who perpetuate it. When I presented it to my class, four young-ish men, the response was muted (these guys generally did not acknowledge the facts of sexism and they practically rejected the existence of ageism), but two of them did criticize my choice of purses. I had dug around in my own stuff and had rooted around a couple of thrift stores to find an array that suggested women of different ages, styles and incomes. These classmates told me with straight faces that the purses weren’t expensive or stylish enough, that they weren’t adequate; I could tell from their expressions that they were offended by the low-end items. In other words, these young men with limited experience in life and no experience as women, concluded my piece did not work because my materials were not expensive and designer-made, not because they did not communicate my intent. The instructor did not challenge my classmates; he pointed out a couple of confusing aspects of the piece, then hurried along, clearly not wishing to spend time talking about the world women exist in. It was a lost opportunity for all of us, I think.
So, this is what I was paying for, this is what ‘the academy’ allowed, rewarded and perpetuated. This was a few years ago; I look at today’s news and wonder how much has changed…
These are from a small collection of experiments that I’ve had draped around my studio/living room for a couple of years now. I vow to continue work on them this month, at least; I can’t quite bring myself to make a resolution to finish. ha. I really like the direction they’re going, but I can ruin them with the wrong next move. That’s probably kept me from resolving the design these last couple of years. Okay, so what–it’s just art, I’ll beast it and whatever the result, I’ll have learned something. Rock on, 2020!!!
It’s the craft sale time of year again and I’m slowly doing my part: I’ve dug up some cover material I’d cut years ago, when I had access to some serious cutting tools, and pulled out some misprints that I think look good, despite their imperfections, and I’m putting some blank books together. I’m planning on a few coptic-stitch books and maybe a stab binding or two. We’ll see.
Super exciting metal pour experiment! This is from my grad school experience at a large state university–great facility. I loved mold making!
Thanks, Renee, wherever you are, for the video!