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liza cowan
Artist, activist, blogger, seller of cool things.
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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 7 days ago 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
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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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"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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Amazons, Allons-Y. Let's Go. Water is life. ©Liza Cowan design Water is life. Water is a human right. Don't let Nestle or any other corporation or government body take it away from us. Anywhere on the planet. For any reason.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2015 at See Saw
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My instagram widget. Kodak girl, early 29th Century. There is some redundancy between this blog, my instagram feed, my pinterest boards, and my flickr sets. They are all such fun, and I'm hoping they will be good for preserving the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2015 at See Saw
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I wrote about these vintage perfume bottles here but I just came across another version I made. Looking at this image with a fresh eye, I quite like the vibrancy. Hope you enjoy it too. 4 vintage perfume bottles. Bandit,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2015 at See Saw
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Twinkle, twinkle to brighten up the short, dark, winter days. Photo ©Liza Cowan I like to brighten up the short, dark, days of Winter by placing shiny reflective objects around the house. The twinkle of reflected light does wonders to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2014 at See Saw
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Some pictures I took today, a snowy and icy Winter day in Vermont. Snow on tree branches, ©Liza Cowan Snowy neighborhood through rain drops ©Liza Cowan Winter flower stalks in snow ©Liza Cowan Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2014 at See Saw
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Winter Afternoon Light and Shadow with Orange Lamp. ©Liza Cowan 2014 Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2014 at See Saw
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NEAT WORK: Kali matchbox label and teacher's rubber stamp. Photo ©Liza Cowan Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2014 at See Saw
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Glass frog as pen holder. Photo ©Liza Cowan Maybe you already knew this, but I just figured it out. You can use a glass frog as a pen and pencil holder. Glass frogs, in case you are wondering, are made... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2014 at See Saw
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Early in the Spring of 1975, I was preparing for my slde show, "What The Well Dressed Dyke Will Wear" for the upcoming Lesbian History Exploration, a small national conference to be held outside of Los Angeles. The Good Taste Collective was organizing the Exploration. Here is some correspondence from... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2014 at DYKE A Quarterly
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Ann Frank This is a guest post by my historian sister, Holly Shulman, who recently presented a paper at a conference in Amsterdam. While she was there she visited the Ann Frank Museum, hosted by one of the curators, Dienke... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2014 at See Saw