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  Lena Dunham's mother, Laurie Simmons, is an artist known for her work with tiny models (hence Lena's movie Tiny Furniture), and dolls. Her work has evolved over the years from miniatures to life size, and now, real life (modeling a doll's life). You may remember her recent photography set, The Love Doll where a sex doll was posed in normal everyday scenes. This is fairly different.  This set is called Kigurumi, Dollers and How We See.  The above photo is from the How We See section of the series. Read More
Amelia's Magazine was founded in 2004 by Amelia Gregory, a professional photographer-turned-independent publisher who also calls celidhs (or barndances, if you prefer) with her band Green Kite Midnight. "Amelia’s Magazine began and continues life at Amelia’s House, which is consequently very unglamourous and full of boxes," reads the blurb on her website. "It was and is a labour of love: run on a shoestring by Amelia Gregory and her dedicated team of interns from her house on an estate in the heart of London’s East End. Read More
Vampires don’t die easily. Especially vamps that grossed $3.3 billion worldwide.  The Twilight saga continues now that Lionsgate is sponsoring “The Storytellers -- New Voices of the Twilight Saga,” a Facebook-based competition to find and fund five Twi-verse short films written and directed by women.    Fans are currently voting to decide which characters the films will ultimately develop. Read More
Were you a Barbie-loving 90's kid? Do you love all things fashion? Enter the world of Tiny Frock Shop,  where high fashion runs on a much smaller scale. And I mean tiny. The online shop is exclusively for Barbie and all her style and accessory needs. Pamela Thompson, experienced designer, mother and Barbie fan, is the woman behind all this mini couture.  Thompson lived in New York City for eighteen years, and worked as a designer for major names like Betsey Johnson, Heatherette and Anna Sui. After giving birth to her daughter, Lily, she left the city and moved back home to Chicago. Read More
(That's race jokes, not racist.) Kristina Wong and Issa Rae are two performers profiled in the new New York Times video series, Off Color. The four-part series delves into the personal and political goals and motivations of artists of color who use humor to directly and acutely address issues of race in the United States. It is enthralling to hear these provocative artists overtly explain the social injustices that inspire them to be not just artists who can make people laugh, but activists who can make people think. Read More
      Heads up BUSTies! A new book is out and it’s called Orgasm. Intrigued yet? The result of a collaboration between award-winning photographer Linda Troeller and author/ ethnographer Marion Schneider, Orgasm (Daylight Books) aims to discuss and accurately portray women’s sexuality, specifically as it relates to the female orgasm, through personal stories and visual images. Read More
  Say what? A comic book festival run and organized by ladies!? It really exists! The Short Run Comix and Arts Festival on Saturday, November 15 at Washington Hall, is probably the coolest, most fun, and inexpensive thing to do with your weekend in Seattle. The main event is free and open to the public and features a ton of amazing indie comix, small press and emerging artists, cartoonists, publishers, zinesters, authors, animators and more! This DIY-centric festival has plenty that is pleasing to the eye and the brain. Read More
I’ve always thought that once I get my hands on a time machine, one of my initial trips will be to 1979 to see if my mom would think I was cool enough to hang with her in Des Moines. “If I Had Known My Mother Back Then” is a more accessible experiment in the same vein. For her latest project, artist Danielle Delph edited herself into photos of her mother as a child and teenager. The result is touching and the pieces are seamless: it is not even immediately obvious who is the mother and who is the daughter. Read More
“Black Moon New York,” opening this Friday at Sloan Fine Art’s site/109, celebrates the fabulously freaky artwork of four female artist friends. Marion Peck, Camille Rose Garcia, Elizabeth McGrath, and Jessicka Addams. The group collaborated with gallerist Alix Sloan last year in Los Angeles with a two-day exhibition, “Black Moon,” that was inspired by their successful and satisfying careers and their rich relationships with each other. Now they are bringing their sisterhood of the traveling paintbrush to the east coast. Read More
  My first encounter with the work of Chloe Fay Worth Smith came in the form of large mounted color print of a mattress stained with menstrual blood. In a group show at Sarah Lawrence College, the work was magnetic and alluring, its uncomfortable subject matter elevated by its aesthetic beauty. The vision, so ordinary in the context of girlhood humiliations, became unfamiliar through her lens, emerging like the mysterious remains of some remarkable event. The image remained emblazoned in my memory, alternately unnerving and liberating me from the abashment that stirred within. Read More