TEXT & TONIC - M N O June 09 2020, 0 Comments
My latest blog introduces you to three exceptional women, artists who overcame obstacles, adversity, and discrimination, then became famous, and shared their abundance.
Where there is a woman, there is magic. Ntozake Shange
I find the moire pattern interesting because there's always an impression of motion. Sometimes it appears suddenly, but it's always fun to play with.
Ntozake Shange was an amazing black feminist, American, playwright and poet, whose work focused on race and black power. She was a pioneer in theatre arts, blending poetry, music, dance and drama. The 'choreopoem' shook the theatre world and challenged the traditional three-act structure.
I wasn't really naked. I simply didn't have any clothes on. Josephine Baker
In 1926, the 20 year old Josephine Baker left America and landed in Paris, where she fascinated the French with her outrageous dancing style and was celebrated by artists and intellectuals of the era. She was awarded the Croix de Guerre, was a fearless civil rights activist, and created her own Rainbow Tribe family of adopted children. And she showed the French a few things about dressing in style.
There are no mistakes, only opportunities. Tina Fey
The ogee pattern first appeared in the middle east and by the 14th century Europe it was used in Venetian Gothic and Gothic Revival architectural styles. This old world pattern has travelled through history and now decorates our contemporary homes.
Tina Fey is an award winning actress, comedian, writer, producer, and playwright. For her enormous contribution to the entertainment industry, she has been voted the Entertainer of the year and won the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. Tina is known for her commitment to charity works and global development projects.
The three inspirational quotations in this blog appear on a variety of home decor products in the Text & Tonic design series. They're available on my website. May they always inspire you.
I'm looking forward to writing my next blog about three more fascinating women and their words of wisdom.
Until then, hasta luego amigos.
TEXT & TONIC - J K L June 02 2020, 0 Comments
In this blog I'll focus on letters J, K and L, and introduce you to a puzzle, a key, and a mystery.
Joy has no cost. Marianne Williamson
The jigsaw puzzle was created by a map engraver as a wooden instructional tool in 1700s England. When the puzzles were mass produced on cardboard in the USA, they became a cheap and fun pastime. There are puzzles now of Renaissance paintings and Abstract Expressionist art.
In step with today’s search for self and spirituality, Marianne Williamson offers a way to help people in their quests. Sometimes referred to as the priestess of the New Age, Marianne offers suggestions to the millions who seek her guidance.
Kiss me, and you will see how important I am. Sylvia Plath
The Greek key pattern does not belong to the Greeks alone. It's been found in Egyptian tombs, ancient Chinese buildings and sculptures, and Mayan carvings. A beautiful pattern, decorative, simple, and enduring.
Sylvia Plath (1932–1963) was an American poet, novelist, and short-story writer. Talented, beautiful, tragic. Her brave honesty left us too soon. She left us with an understanding of the complexity of the soul.
There's more to life than being a passenger. Amelia Earhart
The enduring flexible lattice pattern shows up in architecture, in music tuning, and in pastry. And if we look up in the sky, we just might understand that the application of the lattice pattern design will fly us into the future.
Aviator Amelia Earhart set many flying records and tirelessly promoted the advancement of women in aviation. In 1937, during a flight to circumnavigate the globe, she vanished. Investigations into her mysterious disappearance continue today. Her legacy lives on.
When you're not involved with mysteries or puzzles, take a look at my colourful Text & Tonic design collection for your home decor. I think you'll find something you'll like.
I hope you found this blog interesting. Some puzzles will never be solved.
Hasta luego amigos.