Archive for the ‘1920s’ Category
NisN research assignment requested by August Heffner on Varvara Stepanova, Russian constructivist. She was professor of textile design at the Vkhutemas (Higher Technical Artistic Studios) while continuing typography, book design and contributing to the magazine L.E.F. —What a total knock out! There is this book, this article, and I only wish there was a show on Varvara and not just her husband, Rodchenko. Totally unfair. Thanks August for the Varvara tip!
I am reading (a quarter way through) Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda. I’ve been getting into yoga recently and decided to read this book for inspiration. My teachers have Yogananda’s picture all over the studio. They love this guy.
Does anyone have gurus anymore? Do you?
I rarely post items not found on the internet. Today is the exception. Matt and I attended the NYPL class I mentioned yesterday—Handmade Then and Now by Jessica Pigza. It was excellent! I learned basics of the NYPL system – how to search for exactly what I need. I can’t wait to spend a day on the third floor looking through non circulating books. The books (poorly) photographed above are relics Jessica shared with the class. These were just things lying around her desk. How lucky to be a librarian!
This post is dedicated Routine Investigations who introduced me to Berenice Abbott last night. In 1919 she moved to NYC and lived at an anarchist house in Greenwich Village. In the 1920s she moved to Paris, working for Man Ray. In the 1930s Abbott returned to New York after seeing its photographic potential. In 1935 the Federal Arts Project named Abbott Project Supervisor and created the book, Changing New York. I only wish they used her proposal cover for the final book.
What a sweet treat Doilies are! My Gramie donated doilies a plenty to my new home. She and her girlfriends used to make them to give as gifts (often to each other). Stay tuned for photos of these handcrafted doilies in HQ BK.
A doily (or doilie) is a small ornamental mat usually made of cotton or linen placed underneath a dish or bowl.
I have never heard of this lengthy word—antimacassar—though I was definitely familiar with the delicate object. Of course, they were all over my childhood home. (thanks to Gramie!)