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Threads, Literal and Figurative

I spent much of the pandemic shutdown at home playing video games and learning new fiber arts, and to a lesser degree, trying to learn how to draw so I can better execute some of my embroidery ideas. Because we were isolated for so long, I spent more time online documenting my attempts at fiber…

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Three Foolproof Methods for Removing Verdigris from Fine and Costume Jewelry

Verdigris is what happens when metals are weathered and exposed to air and moisture over time. The good news is that it’s easy to remove, and it’s easy to remove from costume jewelry and fine jewelry alike.

Learning to Quilt, Redux

Since the pandemic started, I spend a lot of time on social media watching process videos. There’s something soothing about watching people make things with their hands, especially with the soft clicking and rustling of tools and materials, papers, fabric, wrenches, and screws. One of my favorite content creators is a guy in France who…

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Photograph of a colorful quilt

Learning to Quilt

I have surprisingly serious mixed feelings about this trend. As a fashion enthusiast, I love a solid eco trend, especially as a take on fast and slow fashion. As a fashion enthusiast, I also know that this trend is fast-moving and will be as out as teddy bear coats in a couple of years. As…

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Horror Movies for Feminists: Candyman (1992)

Synopsis: A pair of grad students, Helen and Bernadette, are writing a paper on urban legends. Thanks to a tip, they explore the famed Cabrini-Green public housing development in Chicago on a hunt to find out more about “Candyman”, the ghost of an artist and son of a slave who was murdered on that land…

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Horror Movies for Feminists: Dawn of the Dead (2004)

Synopsis: Ana misses an emergency news bulletin one night, and wakes up the next morning to discover her world has been eclipsed by the zombie apocalypse. She and a scrappy band of survivors retreat to a suburban shopping mall where they battle zombies – and each other – in their quest to resist the zombie…

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Horror Movies for Feminists: Day of the Dead (1985)

This series on “horror for feminists” looks at the horror movie canon and argues for the need for contemporary feminist storytelling in the horror genre.

Horror Movies for Feminists: The Shining (1980)

This grand haunted hotel is an extended metaphor for the writer’s own alcoholism and domestic violence.

Horror Movies for Feminists: Alien (1979)

This series on “horror for feminists” looks at the horror movie canon and argues for the need for contemporary feminist storytelling in the horror genre.

Horror Movies for Feminists: Halloween (1978)

Only “good girls” like smart, chaste Laurie prevail.

Horror Movies for Feminists: Carrie (1976)

Fear of the teenage girl is expressed over and over again in horror movies, fear of their unruly bodies, their explosive anger, insatiable appetites for consumption, resistance (or adherence) to control, and their perceived power over parents and strangers.

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