Marimekko’s Artful Touch

After a season of monochrome, I've ventured onto vibrant colors and patterns as to joining the rest of you in celebrating summer. This is a bold move for me, and it surprised me how they instantly brighten my interior and complement all the pots of new plants I've recently started nurturing to decorate the rest…

Leonora Carrington; To Study the Numbers from Surrealist Portfolio VVV, 1941; Etching; 8 × 9 7/8 in; 20.3 × 25.1 cm; Dallas Museum of Art

Leonora Carrington

Leonora Carrington (1917–2011) is perhaps more known for her Surrealism paintings than her writings. At a time when just a few women appeared on the modern art scene that was dominated by men, Carrington stood out with her fantastic rendering of mystical creatures in dreamscapes. Done with a whimsical sense of humor, some of her creatures…

Another 2 Books and 1 Magazine| Maya Deren | Peggy Guggenheim |The Gentlewoman |

https://youtu.be/H0tDufAxI2I Like my previous 3 books list, this week's reading recommendation starts with books by and of two women who played pivotal roles in the shaping of the 20th century Western modern art tradition. Not only for their accomplishments in the arts, they are both women of unique personal styles. Like the 2 books and…

Rei Kawakubo: Against Convention

"I have always pursued a new way of thinking about design, by denying established values, conventions, and what's generally accepted as the norm. And the modes of expression that have always been most important to me are unfinished, imbalance, fusion, elimination and absence of intent." ---Rei Kawakubo, in an interview, 2016* For her latest Comme…

Broccoli Magazine: My Interview With Its Founder and Creative Director

Since its official launch on December 8th in 2017, Broccoli, an international magazine by and for women who love cannabis has become hugely successful. It is the first and only magazine that is dedicated to stoner culture through the lens of contemporary art, fashion and culture. Recently, the gracious Anja Charbonneau, Founder of Broccoli agreed…

Zoe Leonard; TV Wheelbarrow; Dye transfer print; Pink walls; Pink blanket; iron door;

Zoe Leonard: How To Make Good Pictures

Opened today- March 2nd and on view until June 10th at The Whitney Museum of American Art is an excellent solo-exhibition of an American artist- Zoe Leonard. Organized by The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, (which will house this exhibition after its New York debut, from November 4th to March 25th, 2019 presents 100…

Charlotte Gainsbourg’s First Time

After a few years of hiatus, Charlotte Gainsbourg came out with a new album- "Rest" toward end of 2017. It is the most personal work of the singer thus far. Growing up as a child until becoming an adolescent, Charlotte Gainsbourg never felt quite comfortable with herself. She once said in an interview that, she…

Illustration by Raphaelle Martin; Image courtesy Grantland; of Jane Fonda back lifts; animated gif.;

Jane Fonda Workout Wisdom

A remarkable woman such as Jane Fonda makes the top of my list of inspirational women. For her grace, excellent posture and wisdom, with a fierce attitude and unrelenting nature she continues to challenge herself. Since we all know what a great actress Jane Fonda has been, this article focuses on her workout wisdom. Not…

Detail of a beautiful photo included in Broccoli Magazine's first issue Photo: Courtesy of Jessa Carter for Van der Pop; flower arrangement; woman smoking

2 Books and 1 Magazine | Swearing Is Good for You | The Friend | Broccoli |

I am constantly looking for excuses to recommend readings here, the previous one was for cold winter days, today it's for rainy days. And, it's been raining since morning here in New York. If staying inside to you means aloneness and boredom, it doesn't always have to. Let me tell you how, there are two…

The "AR" pin Vivienne Westwood is wearing here stands for "active resistance to propaganda."

Vivienne Westwood: The Revolution Starter

"Buy less, choose well, and make it last." -Vivienne Westwood This quote by Dame Vivienne Westwood reads quite straightforward. For more than 40 years, the designer has played pivotal roles in the evolution of British fashion and culture. Today, she remains at the forefront of fashion with her creative ideas and social beliefs. Her creative…

Flâneuse: Women Walk the City in Paris, New York, Tokyo, Venice and London by Lauren Elkin

3 Books |Flâneuse | Mina Loy | Anjelica Huston |

It's wintertime, what better season to stay in and cuddle a book? If you are a nerd like me, I'd say, every season. But, honestly, I do more reading in the winter. Here is a list of books I recommend, they are of and by women who embraced freedom with their radical sense of aesthetics.…

Women protesting with fists, a symbol for solidarity

#MeToo As a Socio-political Movement

In recent news, the letting go of men from their powerful positions due to sexual harassment charges has prompted women nation-wide to speak out against men who behave badly and unprofessionally at work. These revelations surprised people, but a majority of them, all in all, were not surprised at such rampant perverseness. The use of…

Moreau was one of those actresses using her off-screen experience to enrich her on-screen roles. She was professional and devoted her acting, no difficult scenes ever discouraged her. As Truffaut once wrote: “Générosité, ardeur, complicité, compréhension de la fragilité humaine, tout cela peut se lire sur l’écran quand Jeanne Moreau joue.”*

Jeanne Moreau: A Woman of Character

I've been enamored with French New Wave cinema since college. Behind the cameras, François Truffaut, Jean-Luc Godard, Agnès Vardas, etc. translated everyday- life into vignettes laced with spontaneous emotions. On screen, dazzling actresses such as Brigitte Bardot, Anna Karina, Catherine Deneuve, etc. played leading female characters of beauty, intelligence and complicated emotional interior. But there was one that stood out…

In her childhood, Rubin’s father helped her make her first telescope and supported her habit of watching meteor showers. Using a cardboard tube, she made her own kaleidoscope. Out of her bedroom window, Vera would be fascinated by what she saw in the sky.

Vera Rubin: The Astronomer Who Discovered Dark Matter

In the 60s, women were not meant to be scientists but homemakers. Vera Rubin got married at age 19 to a physicist, Robert Rubin. They moved  from upstate New York to Philadelphia. Rubin had given up a place in Harvard to start a family as a wife and mother to eventually four children. In her…

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Intangible Assets: What’s That?

Today, from my latest issue of Economist I read about "intangible assets." According to the article, the term is applied to designs, softwares, patents and even branding. You see, it basically points to all "idea-based things," not physical products. What I mean is the ideas that give birth to their physical items. As the non-material innovation…

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I invite you to submit your stories (it can be in any of the categories above or auto-biographical) and become a contributing writer of Another Blog by using the contact page, and I will get back to you. If you are interested in sharing a story, but don't feel like writing more than, say, 200…

Clare Hollingworth commandeered a car from a British consulate without authority’s consent, and drove into Germany via Poland.

Clare Hollingworth: The Relentless Foreign Correspond

In her 105 years of life, Clare Hollingworth had remained fiercely curious for as long as she could and resented the idea of ever retiring. At the age of 80, she had climbed a lamppost just to get a better look at the crackdown of Tiananmen Square. When well into her 80s, she still preferred to…

Christine Keeler: The Woman Who “Spied” Inadvertently

To call Christine Keeler a spy is probably inaccurate, for she just had happened to be a guest at the Cliveden House when the clandestine activity took place. Some say, she had been used as a decoy (whether she how much knew at the time is not certain.) As an attractive young woman who had…