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New Directions in Black Western Studies (CFP)

Miquel Juarez, another amazing El Pasoan, posted an email he received this week. Congratulations, Miguel. We love you!!

The Official Blog of the Western Literature Association

New Directions in Black Western Studies

Western History Association Conference

Hilton San Diego Resort & Spa, San Diego, California

01-04 November 2017


We are seeking proposals for the 57th Western History Association Conference workshop and American Studies Special Issue: “New Directions in Black Western Studies.”

Though several scholarly historical treatments of Blacks in the North American West exist, few engage with what Black Western Studies means in a contemporary context. Over the past decade there has been a return to the west in intellectual and artistic production at a rate not seen since the 1970s. Several critically acclaimed television series, films, music albums, and literary texts are rooted firmly in western historical legacies. Likewise, the relationship between Blackness and western geographical and cultural identity has been explored in various disciplinary genres. From film, music, literature, and art to theatre, architecture, and museum studies, These possibilities drive several questions undergirding…

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All there is and ever was – – – I want it all, I want it all — Emily Haines, Metric

Many of you know that we have always been inspired by Metric lyrics. Somehow, again and again, the lyrics take us where we need to go, find us where we are, or meet us when we arrive.

In The Shade, Emily Haines sings about “everything” with her typical eternal touch. You can listen to a bit of it at Metric’s website – click Music, click on the album Pagans in Vegas. If you have ever been lucky enough to hear this song in concert, you may find it staying with you.

Here are a few of The Shades lyrics from Genius

With eternal love, the stars above

All there is and ever was

I want it all, I want it all

I want it all, I want it all

A blade of grass, a grain of sand

The moonlit sea, to hold your hand

I want it all, I want it all

I want it all, I want it all

In an October 2015 article at Time Magazine’s website, Metric’s Emily Haines on the Band’s Two New Albums and Breaking Free From the Internet, the author, Nolan Feeney, states, “While Pagans opens on a cynical note—“Got to be sedated to be seen/ On the cover of your magazine,” Haines sings on the entertainment-industry critique “Lie Lie Lie”—the band’s songwriting experiments produced some of their most positive, optimistic material yet. Instead of panicking about the state of her life (as she did on older songs like “Help I’m Alive” and “Breathing Underwater”), Haines is on the mood to celebrate on tracks like “Cascades,” a five-minute robot trance she says is about “loving being alive, the feeling of going strong with whatever it is that’s compelling you on.”

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“El Paso: Love all the way down to the rivets”

Over on the Reid Miller apparel website blog, there is a story entitled “El Paso: Love all the way down to the rivets.” It is an enchanting story of a first time visit to the West Texas city, El Paso.

Reid says, When I arrived in El Paso the beauty and peace I experienced was so startling that I worried I would get into an accident in my rental car with all that there was to take in around me. There were mountains and desert seeped in a beautiful pink then yellow light from the desert sun, with the freeway painted peach and light green to match this curious, beautiful little city that seemed to have appeared out of my dreams.”

She observed, “The next morning I returned to the factory to find people working away at their machines, the music humming in the background. Workers chatted and laughed, it was Friday and everyone was looking forward to going dancing. A group of a dozen or so people worked on beautiful old machines, framed by golden spools of thread, in a beautiful atmosphere, loving what they do and the people they work with.”

Well, let Reid tell you…

Bob Paluzi and Reid Miller

As her About page says, “Reid is a designer, entrepreneur, researcher and passionate bike commuter. REID MILLER Apparel is her vision for a more beautiful, creative biking world, where a woman’s form and freedom are celebrated through high quality, stylish attire for bike commuting.”

We love Reid’s determinations to “improve on what exists to create a better biking world.”

It is also great that her line and Bob Paluzi are making such meaningful work for people.

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Do you dye?

Have you been dyeing to dye?  If so, you may want to check out Pro Chemical and Dye.

You may also want to visit the Surface Design Association.

Fascinator w/recycled sisal and machine embroidery

Fascinator with recycled sisal and machine embroidery

Fascinator by Lucille Junkere


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Shibori Girl

Shibori Girl writes —

“this silk started out white, like winter snow
then it became dark-like midnight

lights and darks, hills and valleys formed
and greens in many shades and hues swept across the land”

Here are two photos to entice you.

shibori girl

shibori girl ribbon-scraps2

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While Desmond Morris is watching. . . Kate Bush re-appears.

The Human Animal by Desmond Morris – The Language of the Body could be an invaluable aid to you if you plan to travel the world for sourcing or for leisure.  If you have six minutes, take a look – it could save your life.

If you have a few extra minutes, in this version of The Language of the Body, around seven minutes into the film, you can see the confusion that can arise from head nodding or shaking.

This post also accidentally became a post about youth and aging.  Click on and you will see what we mean.  Well, it does happen to ALL of us — aging is one of our inescapable realities as any kind of animal.

The Human Animal – Beyond Survival is one of the best references we can find for learning about us.  We have watched it for years in Fashion History.  This version varies somewhat but all of the key points are still made.

A later version of Desmond Morris introducing The Artistic Ape

If you would like to see Desmond himself when he was younger, look at this interview with Kate Bush “back in the day”.

Wuthering HeightsAnd keeping on the Kate Bush bandwagon, you may want to spend some time getting to know her history.  You may better understand the nature of music history and influence.  The Kate Bush Story (2014 BBC Documentary) takes us back to 1978.  At least watch the first ten minutes, then IF you can stop, turn it off.  Elton John is just one of the people who talks about Kate.  If you make it to to 12:02 you will get to see the last performance of Ziggy Stardust.  And if you make it all the way to 14:58, you will see how important it could be to get over shyness.  Eighteen minutes in you get to the analogy of the voice as fabric.  Hmmm, it all comes around. And if you make it twenty minutes into the documentary, you may begin to wonder how much Kate may have influenced even the Cirque du Soleil.  At 27:00 Babooshka may give you an early Gaga moment.  43:22 tells us, “Creativity comes from the freedom to fail and the freedom to fail comes from experimentation and that is what gives something its individuality.”   Oh… just a few moments more and you can hear Kate with Peter Gabriel and, wow, even hear how Elton John’s life was changed by Kate.  And PLEASE get to 45:14 to hear that others believe in the power of the classics of literature — Wuthering Heights and James Joyce’s Ulysses.  Go ahead, watch all the way to the 59:00 mark and perhaps you will go on to be your own artist, inspired by inspiration itself.

Wuthering Heights Kate Bush Other: Kate Bush – Wuthering Heights (Live at Hammersmith Odeon 1979)

Wuthering Heights is a song based on the novel by Emily Brontë.

Google Images of “Wuthering Heights” book covers Wuthering Heights 1 “Wuthering Heights” – the novel, you can read the entire novel here

The Reader’s Guide to the “Wuthering Heights”

Kate Bush BBC Documentary 1979 – The Tour of Life

Kate Bush – The Kick Inside – full album

Kate Bush Re-Appears in 2012

Kate Bush Opening Night of her return August 2014

If you go off and read Wuthering Heights, come back and listen to this version Man sings “Wuthering Heights” in original key

Kate Bush – The Whole Story (19 videos)

Kate Bush – Cloudbusting (which could lead you to Wilhelm Reich)Wuthering-Heights-Emily-Brontë-1“Out on the winding, windy moors We’d roll and fall in green You had a temper like my jealousy Too hot, too greedy How could you leave me When I needed to possess you? I hated you. I loved you, too Bad dreams in the night You told me I was going to lose the fight Leave behind my wuthering, wuthering Wuthering heights Heathcliff, it’s me, Oh Cathy I’ve come home, I’m so cold! Let me in-a-your window

Wuthering Heights HeathcliffHeathcliff, it’s me, Oh Cathy I’ve come home. I’m so cold! Let me in-a-your window Ooh, it gets dark! it gets lonely On the other side from you I pine a lot. I find the lot falls through without you I’m coming back, love Cruel Heathcliff, my one dream My only master
Wuthering Heights Cathy reading Linton lettersToo long I roam in the night I’m coming back to his side, to put it right I’m coming home to wuthering, wuthering Wuthering heights Heathcliff, it’s me, Oh Cathy I’ve come home, I’m so cold! Let me in-a-your window Heathcliff, it’s me, Oh Cathy I’ve come home, I’m so cold! Let me in-a-your window Ooh! let me have it Let me grab your soul away Ooh! let me have it Let me grab your soul away You know it’s me Cathy! (Repeat 3X) Heathcliff, it’s me, Oh Cathy I’ve come home, I’m so cold! Let me in-a-your window
Songwriters: Bush, Kate
Wuthering Heights lyrics © EMI Music Publishing

Name Dropping

Official Somewhere Over the Rainbow – Israel “IZ” Kamakawiwo’ole

Because words have always meant so much; because dolls and ghouls have had their influence for hundreds of years; and, because A Monster High Fashion Show let’s us know that Freaky Just Got Fabulous

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More from the Met gala red carpet and Charles James

You must click the link and read this fabulous article and view the slide show.  Let’s start with a quote about Charles James from the New York Times article, Architectural Underpinnings of Cinderella: Technology Brings the Designs of Charles James to Life“Dior credited James with inspiring the New Look of 1947.  James was also known for designing the first fashionable down-filled jackets; mixing unrelated fabrics such as taffeta, velvet, satin and tulle; and playing with textures like matte and shiny, flat and ribbed. “

Our favorite looks from the evening include men in white tie.

Ten – Maggie Q in Zac Posen

Nine – Felicity Jones

Eight – Diane Kruger in Hugo Boss

Seven – Suki Waterhouse in Burberry

Six – Hailee Steinfeld in Prabal Gurung

Five – Janelle Monae in Tadashi Shoji

Four – Karlie Kloss

Three – Taylor Swift in Oscar de la Renta

Two – Johnny Depp in Ralph Lauren and Amber Heard in Giambattista Valli Haute Couture

One – Karolína Kurková in Marchesa


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