From the Bayeux Tapestry to the Unicorn Tapestries, tapestry art is usually characterized by its focus on epic and sweeping themes like war, love, religion, and even the changing of the seasons. Painting, on the other hand, seems more immediate; a canvas can be filled in a few hours, whereas a woven tapestry may take weeks to complete.      The artist Cayce Zavaglia’s work brilliantly examines the intersections between painting and ... Read More
  There’s Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Gloria Steinem and Dorothy Pitman Hughes, Catharine MacKinnon and Andrea Dworkin. There’s Debbie Stoller and Laurie Henzel. Add to your list of beautiful female friendships that overcame adversity Ruth and Idgie, named after the protagonists of the film Fried Green Tomatoes. Idgie is a caramel-hued dachshund; Ruth is a golden-eyed kitty.    They have have faced more than their fair ... Read More
  Thank goodness Saturday Night Live is finally listening to the national demand for representation of female comedians of color. In addition to adding the great artist Sasheer Zamata to the cast, the series has added two talented black women comedians, LaKendra Tookes and Leslie Jones, to its writing staff.    SNL took serious note of the women during their recent auditions, which featured minority women exclusively, snatching them up for two ... Read More
  “When you publish content or information using the public setting, it means you are allowing everyone, including people off of Facebook, to access and use that information, and to associate it with you (i.e., your name and profile picture).” Those words, taken from Facebook’s Statement of Rights, serve as inspiration behind the photographer Jenna Garrett’s ongoing series The Public Profile of an American Girl. As part of a larger ... Read More
  “Women do not do any of the creative work in connection with preparing the cartoons for the screen, as that task is performed entirely by young men,” wrote the Disney company in 1938 in response to a female animator. It’s hard today not to treat Walt Disney worshipfully, as the Disney film “Saving Mr. Banks” might have done, but remembering the Disney legacy must include honest reflection on his mistakes, mainly his sexism and ... Read More
  Lee Materazzi and her mother are both photographers; while Materazzi works in fine art, her mother has formal training in commercial photography. In Materazzi’s new series on “disrupted domestic acts,” the mother and daughter’s divergent aesthetics come to a head, producing dynamic images that explore the very nature of domestic life.     Materazzi, who has often photographed her mother, allowed her mother to take over for ... Read More
  The Australian welfare organization RISE, which advocates for the rights of refugees and those seeking asylum, recently released troubling information regarding the treatment of women detainees. Despite the millions of dollars invested in Australia's refugee centers and the funds for an abundant supply of products, many women do not have acceptable access to feminine hygiene products, having to ask SERCO officers for one or two tampons/pads at a ... Read More
  From dazzling unicorn legs to Edenic serpentine arms, Sophie de Oliveira Barata’s imaginative prosthetic limb designs ignite childlike wonder and inspire visions of adventure and magic. Teaming up with a diverse group of artists and prosthetists to create custom limbs for her clients, de Oliveira Barata, who has advanced training in special effects prosthetics, has founded the Alternate Limb Project.      While modern advancements ... Read More
  The activists of the global movement V-Day are ringing in the new year by rising against gender-based violence and abuse. About one billion women around the world are raped in their lifetime. On February 14, 2014, the world is invited to share stories of survival and support and cry for justice as part of the One Billion Rising campaign. Each year, one billion men and women will rise and participate in the action.  V-Day calls us to action, stating, ... Read More
  Religious or not, many worship the Christmas tree. Within religious literature and the most personal family traditions, the tree represents birth and death; every winter, we might erect it and toss it aside weeks later, only to have it reborn next year. Sometimes we immortalize real trees with precious ornaments and family photographs that will be framed forever.      For those of us who mourn our trees after they leave our homes is Gergo ... Read More
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