Archive for the ‘women designers’ Category

I Can’t Stand The Rain – Ann Peebles, 1973

Friday, July 8th, 2016

For friends in America in these terrible days, a favourite from my childhood, probably because of the combination of Ann Peeble’s voice and the sound effects of the production. If you like Al Green or Southern soul in general you will probably like this.

Wherever we see racism and violence, may we step in the way of it.

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The women of the cast of Hair on Broadway, 1968

Monday, July 4th, 2016

Back row standing: Suzannah Norstrand, Melba Moore, Marjorie LiPari, Lynn Kellogg, Emmeretta Marks. Middle row: Natalie Mosco, Lorrie Davis, Diane Keaton. Front row sitting: Shelley Plimpton, Leata Galloway

Progress isn’t a straight line, so feminism isn’t on a straight line either. There is something in this photograph that now seems entirely lost.

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Endangered 5000 year old ancient practice of making silk from mollusc slime

Friday, January 15th, 2016

“Haste doesn’t live here,” says one sign on the door. Another inside says “Nothing in this room is for sale.” An Italian woman named Chiara Vigo is the last living master of the ancient textile tradition of spinning “baysuss” or silk produced from the fibres exuded by a giant mediterranean mollusc. The craft is referenced in the holy books of more than one religion and is said to go back 5000 years.

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What might ancient Babylonian songs have sounded like?

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

What did ancient Babylonian songs sound like? Possibly something close to this. Composer and performer Stef Conner and the Lyre Ensemble have put out an album of songs they believe are close to ancient Babylonian songs, using the original poetry. (Album can be found at that link and will be on iTunes by the end of 2014.) Above, Stef Conner recording, wearing a reconstructed Babylonian gold and lapis lazuli choker necklace.

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Online terrorist threats against women – Anita Sarkeesian in Utah

Monday, October 13th, 2014

For the record, and because it’s an artefact of our times, here’s a screenshot of the terrorist email threat against feminist activist Anita Sarkeesian in Utah. As Skepchick pointed out, we do need to call this what it is: terrorism.

(Click twice on the image to zoom in on the email, or see it at Skepchick here.)

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Gabriella Crespi

Monday, April 6th, 2009

A quasi-surreal or space age ‘Polished Steel Coffee Table’ by Italian architect and designer Gabriella Crespi looks like a metal crystal formation of some kind. It’s circa 1970s, year unknown. Very beautiful as well as multifunctional. The staggered leaves are retractable, like drawers, and it’s covered with a mirror-finish steel.

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