century 20

In the late 20th century, a Miriam cup filled with water became popular addition to the Passover Seder table, highlighting the contribution of women to Jewish culture.  Legend (Rashi on Numbers 20:2;b) mentions that Miriam’s well provided water to the Israelites in the desert for forty years from the time of the Exodus from Egypt.  Fiber artist Ina Golub (1938-2015) created this Miriam cup using blue and white beads to suggest a foaming source of pure, fresh water so that Miriam’s well itself seems to sit on the Seder table. 

In the Boudoir: dolls for grown-ass women

think adults collecting dolls is a recent fad? think again. quite apart from the mid-20th century antique doll shows, with their now-ubiquitous blue ribbons for the grandest attic finds, women have been collecting dolls specifically made for them at least since the 17th century

fashionable Georgian ladies had to have ways to learn the latest fashions from France, the seat of style and taste. but human-sized samples of gowns and accessories were costly to make and difficult to transport. the solution came with a name: Pandora

two Pandoras, actually. for the woman of means, a petite Pandora for everyday clothes and a grand Pandora for formalwear were necessities. with inset glass eyes and real rooted hair (glued to a slit in the head), the wooden dolls weren’t just mannequins, they were art in their own right. gradually the custom of purchasing miniature fashion samples for one’s Pandoras and showing them to the seamstress died out, but Pandoras remained a popular display item for years afterwards

fast forward to the 1920s and you have the boudoir dolls. they were highly stylized, slender dolls with cloth-stuffed bodies and masklike painted faces- and they did not depict children. with thin, arched brows and deep red cupid’s bow lips, these dolls were flappers through and through. they were a fad and a decorative object, but also much more. movie stars were photographed with their boudoir dolls. some women brought them to parties. this trend caused some consternation among the male powers-that-were, who believed caring for dolls cooled women’s desire to care for children. one professor Max Schlapp wrote, “these exaggerated dolls are the temporary whim of abnormal women. I use the word advisedly, because women who are normal have children and have no time to waste on baubles.”

Mr. Schlapp was clearly allergic to fun

so the next time you see someone mocking a collector of ball-jointed dolls or art dolls, remember: “not intended for children” has a long, illustrious history. and grown-ass adults can do what we want

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29.09.16

Hi guys! So I have started my course at UCL this week, for the majority of which I have been constantly doubting that what I’m experiencing is anything besides a dream. It’s been a whirlwind kind of a week with lots of introductions, today being that to the History of Architecture lectures (we’re going to be covering 20 centuries in 20 sessions wow).

I’ve made some awesome friends already thanks mainly to how open and friendly international students are lol. I also have 2 friends from my foundation course who are a godsend. Tomorrow we’ll be introduced to our first project (Making Cities) - you’ll definitely see a post about it!

Ahh it’s so nice to get back to studyblr 😊😊

A German officer buying a bouquet featuring lily of the valley (muguet) in Paris, France on 1 May 1941, the day when the French greet each other with a small bouquet of lily of the valley, a flower that is considered a lucky charm.