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Here we are at the end of 2018. It was a fast-forward kind of year here in DK-land. So much happening in the world and so many moments of feeling both powerless and powerful. There is pleasure and purpose in realizing that although things are broken, we each individually can make them better.. and when there is SO MUCH room for improvement, you can dig in wherever you want, it ALL helps.
To wit: we expanded our collaboration with artist Jenny Belin, showcasing more of her portraits of feminists, including more contemporary women: gun-control activist Emma Gonzalez, writer Rebecca Solnit, artist Amy Sherald, professor Anita Hill, and more. We created buttons of many of them, so you can carry their images out into the world, because REPRESENTATION MATTERS.
In October we hosted the glorious Turning The Tide: Blue Wave Project from the Pen and Ink Brigade, a collective of women artists and illustrators. We raised over $8000 for voteriders.org, ensuring that people who needed assistance getting to the polls would have it. The artworks were spectacular, as was the opening party :)
This year I dug into it all by co-creating Persisticon. If you haven't checked it out yet, please do. It's a passion project: a social enterprise full of art, laughs, love, and making a difference in the world. Our ultimate goal is the election of pro-choice progressive women, but along the way we seek to foster community, provide platforms for funny women, support our local small businesses, make some art, and have fun. Here's the award winning poster Johanna Goodman did for the first Persisticon event, held in late March at the Bell House in Brooklyn:
When I started this post I planned to include a bunch of pretty new things from the resort collections pooling on the racks in the store.. but it's gotten so long I'm just gonna make another one...
Wishing you and yours all the blessings this world has to offer, and looking forward to seeing you in 2019.
Come out TONIGHT to meet the lovely Jenni Li from Intiearth. Jenni brings beautiful textiles back from her country of heritage: Peru. She's bringing a bunch of warm, soft, colorful pieces to us for a trunk show TONIGHT. Her wares are special, many are one-of-a-kind, and all are handmade. The frazadas, her particular specialty, can be used as a rug, blanket, wall hanging, or decorative throw. They are woven by hand and colored with natural dyes using methods passed down for centuries in the rural communities outside of Cusco.
You can see a group of her frazadas in the store now, and online here. And plenty more tonight.
We'll have wine and nibbles and fun.
We'd love to see you there.
5:30-8pm, at Diana Kane, 229 Fifth Avenue
Yup. It is. What's happening in your macro life is effected by what's happening out there on the world stage and right this moment what's happening is the revelation of national misogyny on an shocking level.
What can you do? VOTE. Vote for the first woman president. Make history.
To that end we are hosting an event at the store on Wednesday, October 19th from 6-9pm.
With the election mere weeks away it's time for a last push. Come out to contribute: Raise funds for the campaign, connect with others who want ot Get Out The Vote, get your own (very limited edition) Vote Feminist (Feminist Gold meets #ImWithHer) Tee, make buttons, buy raffle tickets and other swag (who couldn't use a spa day at d'mai??), pick up a copy of the official Hillary Clinton Coloring book that Selina Alko and Sean Qualls contributed to, drink wine and hot cider, and generally keep the momentum going.
Judy Goldberg will help you organize- if you're interested in traveling to a swing state to canvass, but have never done it before or even if you have, she'll hook you up. Or if phonebanking is more your speed, she can help you there too.
It ain't over people. And it's not too late to make a difference.
Bring your friends, bring your (older) kids, bring yourself.
Suggested Donation: $10
See the Facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1366919546666453/
Here's a quick photo recap of the opening party for Portraits of Women: Icons and Feminists. As usual, I managed to take a few quick snaps at the very beginning and then again at the end. In the middle was a blur of smiling faces and wonderful connections.
I'm happy so many of the artists managed to get here, it was great seeing them with their work, and meeting each other as well. We were packed all night long. but fortunately the wine and bubbly held up- thanks again to our local sponsors: Red, White, and Bubbly, and Acme Wines and Spirits. If you didn't make it, please come check it out anytime- these pieces will be up until 10/15. If you are an artist interested in participating in a future iteration of this show, don't hesitate to get in touch. There are an endless supply of worthy subjects.
I'm very pleased to say our lovely neighbors, Red, White, and Bubbly, and Acme Wines & Spirits are sponsoring our opening party for Portraits of Women: Icons and Feminists Thank you to Adam and Donald for your generosity, we will raise a glass to you.
I'm also happy to report that Brooklyn Frameworks is offering a framing deal to any of you who purchase pieces from the show. There will be examples of the frame style (simple, clean, modern) on a few of the pieces so you can see them. George does excellent work and has been a pillar of our community for over 18 years..
Shop local people, and appreciate the small businesses in your community who contribute to making us the vibrant community we are!