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.
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.
While the name Hannah Frank might seem rather innocuous and totally unfamiliar to most people, her pseudonym Al Aaraaf might spark an association in some minds, albeit it might be thanks to the eponymous Edgar Allan Poe poem from whence her nom d’artiste was derived.
At any rate, Frank was an illustrator, sculptor and poet whose legacy began back in 1925, when, at the age of 17, she started creating art nouveau-inspired drawings reminiscent of the late 19th-century illustrator Aubrey Beardsley.
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!
If you’re at all interested in Ancient Egypt and archaeology, you may have heard about the discovery of a tomb in Abu Sir, belonging to Khentakawess III. There isn’t a lot of information about her as of yet, but inscriptions from her tomb and other artifacts found at the site indicate that she was possibly Pharaoh Neferefre’s (of the Fifth Dynasty) wife and queen.
Archaeology has fascinated me since I was a child, and my interest in ancient civilizations has only grown since then. Learning about female rulers and their rightful place in history has, personally, become an increasingly important subject as well, since women and women’s roles have historically been marginalized, trivialized or almost struck entirely from the historical record for their accomplishments. Thus, this week’s Gal-lery is going to stray from its usual theme of artists and designers so that I may present to you Hatshepsut, Egypt’s longest-reigning female pharaoh.
Does the name Polly Smith ring any bells? Yes; no; maybe?
What about, say, Muppet Treasure Island, The Muppets Take Manhattan or, something you might have watched recently, The Muppet Christmas Carol? Well, Smith is the Emmy and BAFTA Award-winning costume designer behind many a Jim Henson production.