Kimberly and Jane like to grab snapshots of women themed happenings and hang them on the Double-Mirror Wall where they can reverberate images of good stuff happening with women.
Ode to our Beloved Notorious RBG
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has died.
Her death fills the news as her life filled the lives of every American, filled the courts with inspiration of a woman who peeked out beneath the blindfold to keep track of equality for all and keep her scales balanced. We are particularly inspired by her determination to be visible – to take issue with a person’s ideas and not a person, to expound upon her Supreme Court dissents as avidly as she did her concurring opinions, to wear a lacey white collar on her black robes that declared her feminine presence, to wear as much color as it took to keep eyes upon her petite aging self in the media and to allow herself to be so notorious, girls and young women identified with her and are actively imagining that they too can be a heard voice for good as long as they live. And, yes, we want her fervent wish to be replaced by the next incumbent president honored.
RUTH ASAWA GETS STAMP OF RECOGNITION
Imagine our surprise to see Ruth Asawa’s fantastic finely woven wire sculptures commemorated on a U.S. postal stamp! Ruth Asawa like Hilma af Klint who we’ve loved here on Double-Mirror for her mystical paintings is a sculptor who captures the otherworldly feminine spirit of connectivity in motion. Her weblike sculptures spiral freely in open space suggestive of a spider in touch with the invisible strings of molecules that hold us all together. Postal stamps take Asawa’s sculptures beyond the precious walls of a museum and send her airy lovable forms out into the American culture. They double her reach and double the reach of her quintessential feminine feeling and forms into the hands of many to be sent to many more. And, as significant as the celebration of a feminine presence in our culture, is the U.S. honoring Ruth Asawa. Her sculptures indelibly printed on a U.S. postal stamp highlights her double-identity of Japanese-American heritage as being American as apple pie.
Freeing Modern Women to Move Freely
Who is Pierre Cardin? Who is the man who freed women from all walks of life to walk freely in stunning designer clothes, who was amazingly successful at turning rags into riches and who still is, at 98 years of age, looking forward to going to work every day to create yet another breakthrough gift of beauty to the world in which we live. The documentary of his life, House of Cardin, is an uplift of color and sass that celebrates possibility in the worst and best of times. Pierre Cardin narrowly escaped the Nazis, came to France with a dime in his pocket, and, somehow, wove his way through the narrow passageways of couture design to be one of the first to make fine lines of dresswear affordable. In the clothes he designed mid-20th century, he gave women a vision of themselves they could live with, one in which they were beautiful, dressed for accomplishment on their terms, and ready for a future where they belonged. Pierre Cardin was a man who made a difference in society for women. Definitely a man to know better. His trailblazing life story is told in House of Cardin by filmmakers, P.David Ebersole and Todd Hughes, with a flair for acknowledging a remarkable man that makes you a part of his optimism. You can see for yourself in the documentary, House of Cardin, now available for streaming from iTunes and Amazon or just click HERE.