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liza cowan
Artist, activist, blogger, seller of cool things.
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Poor Pitiful Pearl refrigerator magnet from Small Equals My 2009 post about the doll Poor Pitiful Pearl has been one of the most popular of all my posts. This classic doll, designed in 1958 by author, illustrator William Steig, rests... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2016 at See Saw
That's so funny! I'm glad you like my blog. I have many clever ways to hang curtains that don't involve sewing. I like to switch things up all the time.
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I've been meaning to try selling my designs as digital printable downloads for quite some time. No more stocking printed inventory, no more shipping costs. The buyer just pays, gets an immediate download, and takes the file to the printer... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2016 at See Saw
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The poster may look like this. We're still working on the design. But the flier will be the focus. A few images from DYKE, A Quarterly will be featured in an upcoming show at The Museum Of The City Of NY called Gay Gotham: Art and Underground Culture in 20th... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2016 at DYKE A Quarterly
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Victorian Trade Card Girl with Dogs Trade Cards = Victorian lithographed deliciousness. You know I have huge collections of trade cards from the Burlington, VT company Wells Richardson, but I also have collected some others over the years. I've decided... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2016 at See Saw
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Red Bird button. Small Equals. ©Liza Cowan I have always believed that beautiful things need not be expensive. In fact, I prefer the things I make to be available for not that much money. Sure, sometimes I've put a large... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2016 at See Saw
Hi Diana, Thanks for writing. I have no idea where you might find that article. If you do find it, I'd love to read it. There was someone working on Mary Morris's papers, she wrote to me once. I no longer have her name or email address. Maybe McCalls keeps an archive? Maybe they have an archivist or librarian. That's all I can think of at the moment. Best of luck! And any interesting tidbits you find about Mary...I'd love to see them. She was wonderful. thanks.
Toggle Commented Jan 28, 2016 on Mary Morris and Polly Cowan at See Saw
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From i-D magazine. By Charlotte Gush. December 7, 2015. Original here: In 1975, Liza Cowan photographed her girlfriend wearing a T-shirt that read ‘The Future Is Female’. Fast forward to 2015 and a replica bought by Annie Clark for girlfriend Cara Delevingne has caused an Instagram-based feminist fashion frenzy. i-D... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2015 at DYKE A Quarterly
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Amazons, Allons-Y New from Small Equals, Amazons, Allons-Y button. Based on my series, now in wearable form. Very chic, so cool, must have. Available at Small Equals (that's me!) Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2015 at See Saw
Posted Nov 26, 2015 at See Saw
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CLICK THIS IMAGE TO SIGN UP FOR MAD MIMI Do you send business email? So many people do. I have been using Mad Mimi for my emails since 2009. I loved them then, and now they are even better. It's... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2015 at See Saw
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Welcome to the DYKE, A Quarterly online annotated archive. We invite you to discover the depth and scope of our files. DAQ announcement flier. ©Liza Cowan, Tomato Publications DYKE A Quarterly of Lesbian Culture and Analysis, was published in NY City in the mid 1970s. Editors Liza Cowan and Penny... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2015 at DYKE A Quarterly
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Otherwild, a shop in Los Angeles Regular readers of this blog will know of my interest in Retail Theater. Now from Design*Sponge (one of my favorite blogs) comes this story about the Los Angeles store, Otherwild, and its owner, Rachel... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2015 at See Saw
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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: http://www.theroot.com/…/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.
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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
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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
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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
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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