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liza cowan
Artist, activist, blogger, seller of cool things.
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DYKE, A Quarterly #5, 1977, featured this historical essay by JR Roberts, with illustrations by Roberta Gregory. Click images to enlarge. "While reading the book, Sisters Of The Road: The Autobiography of Box Car Bertha (1937) I came across more than a dozen references to Lesbians during the 1920’s and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2015 at DYKE A Quarterly
the future is female, 1974 Labyris Books was the first feminist bookstore in NYC. It was owned by Jane Lurie and Marizel Rios, fresh from their experiences at the takeover of the 5th Street Women's building. The slogan of the store was "the future is female" and in 1974 they... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2015 at DYKE A Quarterly
The Future Is Female I made these buttons in 1974 for Labyris Books, the first feminist bookstore in NYC. Hard to believe I still have a bunch of them. They also came in other colors, but I don't have any. Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2015 at See Saw
The editor of Vermont's premiere weekly newspaper, SevenDaysVt, follows me on Pinterest, and decided that a feature about my DIY home tips would be of interest to the paper's readers. This is from their quarterly special insert on homes, Nest.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2015 at See Saw
I must have ordered these 1960's Russian/Soviet botanical match box labels years ago and tucked them away in a little glassine envelope. Rummaging through my boxes of postcards yesterday, I came across them and popped them into the scanner. I... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2015 at See Saw
SeeSaw is now on facebook, with links from our archives PLUS interesting things I've found around the web. Here's what's been on this week. SeeSaw on Facebook here THE NEGRO MOTORIST GREEN-BOOK Source:…/black_history_road_trip_negro_moto… "In 1936 a Harlem postal worker... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2015 at See Saw
Thank you Jewel. Your opinion means a lot to me.
Join SeeSaw on Facebook. HERE I'll be posting new material and golden oldies from the SeeSaw vaults. But wait, I'll also be scouting the web for great things about art, collecting, ephemera, exhibitions, and all kinds of related happenings that... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2015 at See Saw
I've been busy making digital collages, mostly using a combination of my own photographs and images from vintage Kodak ads, vintage sewing pattern packets, and old ads or images of 19th century ladies in swimming costumes and bicycles. Finding the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2015 at See Saw
I love curtains. I'm lazy and frugal, and I don't have a sewing machine. And I like to change my curtains seasonally. I've never let any of these things stop me. In the winter, I like to feel cozy and... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2015 at See Saw
The screened porch was a deal maker for me when I bought my house. At first, my plan was to build a half-wall around the room, but then I had the brainstorm of modular wall building with wooden boxes. The... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2015 at See Saw
When I first got this mannequin back in 2005, my young children were so frightened of her that I had to move her from home to my shop, pronto! Now that they are in their late teens, they love her.
Toggle Commented May 1, 2015 on My Rootstein mannequin comes home! at See Saw
Do any of you remember back when I owned the art gallery, Pine Street Art Works, and had a bunch of mannequins there? Oh how I loved them. When I closed, back in 2009, I sold three of them, two... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2015 at See Saw
I'm working on a new digital collage series called Bees In The Garden. So far, I have made three. Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2015 at See Saw
White Mare, Inc. was a feminist Lesbian button company owned and operated by Liza Cowan, co-editor of DYKE, A Quarterly. This image of the Chai inside a Labyris was very successful, so White Mare made it into a limited edition rubber stamp. This design combines several powerful words and symbols:... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2015 at DYKE A Quarterly
Advertising rate card. Note the tiny message on the side, "Our deadlines are a little unpredictable right now, so just send along the ad and we'll print it in the next issue" Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2015 at DYKE A Quarterly
"DYKE The punchy magazine for today's Dyke." I'm fairly sure that Alix Dobkin, Penny House and I (Liza Cowan) were sitting at The New York Women's Coffeehouse when we made this sketch, one of several we made as we were beginning to conceptualize the magazine. Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2015 at DYKE A Quarterly
DYKE A Quarterly #6. Lesbians & Animals, editorial. Summer 1978 DOMESTICATION We love animals. We believe that women traditionally have had, and still have, a special relationship with animals. The relationships between women and animas can be satisfying, healthy, consciousness-raising, productive and life sustaining. We are interested in exploring the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2015 at DYKE A Quarterly
We sent out this flier/mailer in 1975. You can read about it here: Flier for DYKE, A Quarterly. Photo of Penny House reading DAQ #1. Please note that the description of DYKE #2 says "future issues will carry stories on bitch sexuality..." We were talking about dogs. It would never... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2015 at DYKE A Quarterly
DAQ editor Liza Cowan also had a business making and distributing feminist and Lesbian buttons, under the company name White Mare. White Mare advertised in DAQ, of course. These buttons are now collectors' items. If you have any, hang on to them or donate them to an archive. Please. Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2015 at DYKE A Quarterly
Blue London and unknown woman. Photo booth photo circa late 1950's. From What The Well Dressed Dyke Will Wear Slideshow, 1975 The Lesbian History Exploration was a small conference, held in the Spring of 1975 at a Jewish camp in Malibu, California. It was organized and produced by Good Taste... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2015 at DYKE A Quarterly
Advertising is a powerful force for propaganda. Just after World War One, fledgling press agent Edward Bernays returned from The Paris Peace Talks, where he had helped President Woodrow Wilson coin and promote the phrase "Making the world safe for... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2015 at See Saw
Tray/charger for organizing coffee table. Photo ©Liza Cowan I like to use trays to help my organize my home. It's a little trick I learned when I was designing and maintaining retail spaces. I found them so useful for display,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2015 at See Saw