Laura Wheeler Waring

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Confident and dignified poses from these 1930s and 40s sitters,

Marian Anderson

a great reminder of the African-American middle class,

and also these defiant faces. Images via Pimterest, but the discovery via the Women’s Art Twitter feed.

Moody

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Then there was the bad weather. It would come in one day…We would have to shut the windows in the night against the rain and the cold wind would strip the leaves from the trees in the Place Contrescarpe. The leaves lay sodden in the rain and the wind drive the rain against the big green autobus at the terminal…

Hemingway – A Moveable Feast

Always a gamble whether September ushers in the start of 6 months like this, or a glorious burst of summer that runs till mid-October. Either way, I think Hemingway would have approved of this fellow, and I’m in the mood for his short, crunchy sentences.

Portrait of a gipsy, Israel Gonzalez de la Serna, 1925-1930

Eat Sweat Play

So, so important, and reading this was a revelation that I don’t like exercise but do like sport:

For men, sport and exercise are all part of the same active continuum, but for women they are presented as two very distinct things. Exercise, with its approved end-goal of delivering you a better body, is revered for twenty-first-century women…

Sweating for sport [my emphasis] is not seen as beautiful. It’s raison d’etre strays too far from appearance…It’s…about grit and determination, not losing a few pounds or looking great but absolutely wiping the floor with your opponents. It’s about winning, showing aggression, being competitive, openly rejoicing and being proud in doing all of these things.

For more read the rest of Anna Kessel’s Eat Sweat Play. I completely agree with her analysis and I’m not sure I’d have got through previous hard times without the mental confidence from fencing. I also don’t think it’s any coincidence that my performance st work skyrocketed and I began thinking of myself differently once I took myself off the training sessions and onto the piste.

As time passes

A beautifully illustrated children’s book with pictures by Madalena Matoso.

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Each page has its own caption, from the mundane to the profound. Rubbers rub out and computers slow down.

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Fringes grow, ice-creams melt and thread sews.

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Hard things become easier, new goals appear, people turn pink and books turn yellow, and the hands of the clock turn again.

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Available here, all images from the website.

Pearl Binder

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An artist I discovered through the excellent Instagram feed Design for Today. I like her style, which reminds me of Ravilious, but is a bit rougher and more East End. She’s going in the gallery of heroines, previous joiners Gertrudes 1 and 2, Charlotte, Fleur and Molly Rose are waiting.

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More on Pearl’s life and art here on the Spitalfields Life blog.