This dress I saw last week at the MFA and it has stuck with me, which is why I was so excited when I saw it illustrated by ms. Carroll.
Beadnet dress | Egyptian Old Kingdom, Dynasty 4, reign of Khufu |2551–2528 B.C.
Depictions of women in Egyptian art occasionally feature garments decorated with an overall lozenge pattern. This design is believed to represent beadwork, which was either sewn onto a linen dress or worked into a separate net worn over the linen. This beadnet dress is the earliest surviving example of such a garment. It has been painstakingly reassembled from approximately seven thousand beads found in an undisturbed burial of a female contemporary of King Khufu. Although their string had disintegrated, a few beads still lay in their original pattern on and around the mummy, permitting an accurate reconstruction. The color of the beads has faded, but the beadnet was originally blue and blue green in imitation of lapis lazuli and turquoise. (Boston MFA)
Llew and Caiden just got out of school at the Newburyport Montessori and were blowing off some steam at the tot-lot on Inn Street.
Ava and Meredith (Llew’s sister) were also relaxing on Inn Street after a tough day of Montessori school, which included Music & Yoga classes & an outside recess despite the bitter cold.
I caught Jess and Brad finishing a late lunch at Loretta and a quick walk up State Street. As the owner of Mad Martha’s Cafe on Plum Island, Brad’s weekends fall when the Beach Cafe is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, and he then gets to explore the other culinary offerings of Newburyport.
Angelique and Barry are on a long Holiday from Nottingham, England. Barry, originally from Dundee, Scotland, was kicking a giant snowball up Inn Street when I stopped them, and explained that while staying in Boston, they wanted to take a day trip, “to the seaside,” interjected Angelique. Barry went on to say “there were no trains to Rockport, so we ended up here instead.”
I spent the night with Henri Cartier Bresson two nights ago. Then Robert Mapplethorpe and Patti Smith joined us. We had an amazing time together, the four of us, up all night, in my bed. The dreams I had that night, after falling asleep with The Modern Century (MFA Catalog of Bresson’s work) and Just Kids (Patti Smith’s account of her life-long relationship with Robert Mapplethorpe) …. I had the most fantastic dream about an undiscovered street photographer who composed some of the most inspirational images I had ever seen.
Her portraiture work is e v e r y t h i n g a street portrait should be. Her compositions are impeccable, from the exposure to the framing of her subject matter in the perfect 120mm square.
We even share some of the same interests: non-traditional portraiture, playing with scale in land/city-scapes, and dead birds.
I am obsessed with her attention to detail and an exceptional focus on finding the light in tiny intense moments .. in other people’s lives. If Henri Cartier Bresson was the father of the street portrait and modern photojournalism, and the Sartorialist is the fashion-forward current version, then Ms. Maier is the missing link. Tenderness while shooting women’s legs, calves, hands. Brash crisp focus of filthy children and dead things. Abandoned objects, private moments, self-portraits, city/land/dream-scapes. Her work is an enigma, and thanks to a serendipitous turn of events, is now being archived by John Maloof and Anthony Rydzon.
PLEASE go to the blog set up by John Maloof and also check out he and Anthony Rydzon, and award-winning Danish documentary film maker, Lars Mortensen’s forthcoming documentary about Ms. Maier: (Give them lots of money!)
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Joti Marra is a Jaqueline of all trades, and a master of all of them, but she wouldn’t be the one to tell you that. A classic introvert, Marra is supremely humble regarding the music she creates, and it’s been years since she’s graced a stage in Asheville.
After spending time in New York pursuing a career in fashion, she was drawn back to Asheville for a bevy of reasons, and has now had the clemency to resume sharing her music again, shedding the “My-Fifty Five” moniker in favor of Fox-Teeth, with the help of Angi West and Tyler Ramsey.
At a recent performance at the Grey Eagle, opening up for Floating Action’s CD release show, Marra, West, and Ramsey played a six-song set of layered intricate melodies, featuring Marra’s well-written, succinctly designed lyrics over an array of drum machines, acoustic and electric guitars, banjo, and keys. Marra is alternately tender and raw in her vocal stylings, switching between strong, deliberate lines and elongated airy harmonies. The addition of West on keys and backing vocals contributes a haunting echo to Marra’s siren-esque musical phrasings, and adds just the right amount of polish to the enduring silver of Marra’s songs.
The set featured three songs from My Fifty-Five’s record, slightly re-vamped and, if possible, improved upon, and three newer songs, which demonstrated similar style with a more mature approach to arrangement. “Grey Gold” has a vinatge, sing-songy feel beginning with a simple drum-machine and then fleshing out with West playing full-bodied piano and Ramsey wheedling around on a small Yamaha keyboard set to a Fender Rhodes-ish sound. Marra, singing along with her Old Craftsman 1950’s acoustic guitar, rhythmically channels Patti Smith with lines like “Watch the sky pull the grey curtains in the morning as the light is coming – where will we meet beneath the ceiling of this tempest, a war is coming,” whereas in the grittier-sweet “Jet Black Night,” the PJ Harvey-esque line “why is it you have to break your bones instead of flying” is delivered deliberately, without an ounce of what could be cloying sentiment.
Remarkably, what seems to be a group comprised of a front-woman and her supporters, is actually an amalgam of three, distinctly different solo performers, and when discussing this arrangement, Marra said “I feel so blessed to have two singer-songwriters I really respect backing me up.” West is an accomplished pianist and vocalist who recently released her second album Love is a Special Way of Feeling, and Ramsey, a masterful multi-instrumentalist, has released two solo records, most recently A Long Dream about Swimming across the Sea, and plays guitar in Band of Horses.
The chemistry between the three on stage is unmistakably strong, stemming from a long friendship between West and Marra, and and a strong partnership between Marra and Ramsey, which is evident in the way he watches her while she plays, with both love and admiration.
More info on:
Joti Marra www.myspace.com/myfiftyfive
Angi West www.angiwest.com
Tyler Ramsey www.tylerramsey.com
and more pictures of these lovely folks in a slideshow here.