As Black History Month draws to a close, some of the members here at the Daily Geekette would like to help the celebration continue by suggesting some of our favorite books by black writers, both past and present.
Acknowledged as the first professional African American and Native American sculptor, Edmondia Lewis was a talented classical American artist and manipulator of marble. The fact that her life is bookended by hazy details at its beginning and end, only makes this gifted artisan an even more intriguing individual, to say the least.
Even though National Women’s History Month ends today, there’s no reason to stop learning about the trailblazers, whistleblowers and behind-the-scenes ladies who both paved the way for the world today and those who are presently working for a better tomorrow.
If you’re a documentary-lover like me, why not check-out the films below to whet your appetite for knowledge?
Welome back to The Gal-lery, where DG spotlights women from the expansive and far-reaching fields of art and design.
What does the name Mary Pickford bring to mind? The doe-eyed ingénue of the silent film era, with girlishly-curled locks, and who wore those darling ruffled babydoll dresses? Yes, Ms. Pickford did capitalize on her youthful charms, but she was so much more than a sweet face of the early cinematic world— keep on reading to discover more about the astute woman behind the it-girl face!
As Halloween approaches as quickly as a banshee on a brisk October breeze, people are getting ready for a night full of candy, parties and, of course, costumes!
The Geekettes are no exception to this annual celebration of the spooky. Last October, we shared an array of costumes past, present and future. This year, we wanted to treat (never trick!) our readers to an adorable retrospective of some of our favorite costumes from our childhoods!
As far as my favorite fashion designers go, this list could be nigh on limitless. Even if I’m not fond of one house’s or designer’s line one year, the next year it could have something really beautiful, eye-catching, fascinating, or just plain awe-inspiring. I’m also one of those people who finds beauty or inspiration in what is not conventionally attractive or appealing. So, even when scads of other people are poo-pooing some weird geometric contraption of a garment, I can understand the human-hours that go into constructing the wearable sculptures we see on the runway, and there is some attraction in that.
Thanks partially to the leaps and bounds in the printing industry and its technology and the sudden abundance of new periodicals, journals, books, newspapers and other printed materials in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, there existed a great need for illustrators to help fill the printed page to the brim with imagery. Many gifted women were able to rise to the occasion during the Golden Age of American illustration, and took advantage of the opportunity to demonstrate their capable skills.
One such artist was Elizabeth Shippen Green (1871-1954), whose delicate, wistful and beautiful illustrations graced the pages of Harper’s Monthly Magazine, where she became the first women staff artist back in 1901.
The story of Clara Rockmore, a trailblazer in the genre of electronic musicians, walks hand-in-hand with that of the theremin. Theremin? If didn’t know any better, I’d think that theremin is a type of mineral supplement, or chemical reaction, or something else along those lines. It is, however, the grandparent of all electronic instruments, a very unique and singular-sounding musical device that was invented by Leon Theremin in the 1920s. If you’ve ever listened to the songs like Good Vibrations, by The Beach Boys; Velouria, by The Pixies; Funeral Song, by Sleater-Kinney, or if you’ve watched any number of movies with spooky or alien-inspired soundtracks, it is quite likely that you’ve heard the theremin without realizing to what, precisely, it was you were listening.
March might be known for coming in like a lion and out like a lamb, but it’s also National Women’s History Month, which is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year. If you’d like to read-up on NWHM, you can view the website for the National Women’s History Project here— the site is chock-full of wonderful information and resources.
In keeping with the theme of women’s history, for this week’s Gal-lery, I asked some of our editors and contributors here at The Daily Geekette to share with us which woman from history they found intriguing, whom they perhaps most admired or found utterly inspirational. Keep reading to discover who Brianna, Kayla, Sarah and I would love the chance to meet!
With awards season upon us, the question on the tip of many red carpet hosts’ tongues is ‘Who are you wearing?’ Nowadays, thanks to an omnipresent media coverage and the breakneck speed at which information travels, we’re privy to the designers of the famous and rich members of the world, from Michelle Obama and Kate Middleton, to the starlets of the red carpet brigade and beyond.
Of course, over the years, well-known designers and dressmakers have been trying to make their brands as ubiquitous as possible, but, long before even the technology of radio was available to the masses, individual dressmakers made their livings, frequently in their immediate locale, and in the process becoming lost in or simply overlooked throughout the course of history. Thus, in the hopes of shedding some light on these artisans, for this week’s Gal-lery, I present to you Elizabeth Keckley (although it is sometimes alternately Keckly), personal seamstress to a First Lady with whom many are familiar.