Category Archives: Art

From Penelope to Pussyhats, The Ancient Origins of Feminist Craftivism | Literary Hub

The pussyhat is part of a larger contemporary phenomenon known as Craftivism, which actively challenges the longstanding disparagement of women’s traditional art forms and has itself become a vehicle for feminist opposition. Craftivists run the gamut from hobbyist cross-stitchers urging us to “smash the patriarchy” to professional artists devoting painstaking hours to gallery exhibits. The Craftivist movement inherits a long tradition stretching back to the earliest history and literature of the West: Greco-Roman writers showed again and again how feminine art forms, particularly spinning and weaving, both segregated and subordinated women while also offering them an avenue for resistance.

Source: From Penelope to Pussyhats, The Ancient Origins of Feminist Craftivism | Literary Hub

Abuela Grillo – short animation film

Abuela Grillo is a beautiful short animation film based on water issues in Bolivia. Must watch!!

Read more here: https://chaikadai.wordpress.com/2012/11/03/abuela-grillo-grandmother-cricket/

https://clacsnyublog.com/2011/09/21/bolivian-animated-film-abuela-grillo-highlights-water-issues/

Osborne Macharia on Honoring Kenya’s Female Freedom Fighters with Opulent Hair

KIPIRIRI 4 honors female freedom fighters who seldom get the props they deserve, but looking at Macharia’s images, you will question their lack of representation in popular culture. His pictures are a glowing tribute to the women who fought for Kenya’s independence in 1963 during the Mau Mau movement, but never got their due.

The fictitious series, KIPIPIRI 4, features majestic manes that are symbolic of the roles each woman played in a village located in the Kipipiri Forest. One woman hides weapons in her hair; another uses her singing voice to inspire her community; the remaining two focus on transporting food and communicating secret messages all using different coiffures.

Source: Osborne Macharia on Honoring Kenya’s Female Freedom Fighters with Opulent Hair