Best thing about being retired/not working? Going on field trips in the middle of the week. On Wednesday we went to the Harn Museum of Art on the campus of the University of Florida in Gainsville. Awesome place and it's FREE!!!!!!!! And photo are allowed without flash. We saw so much, the art will be in the next post, this post will be clothes and jewelry.
The sign says it all. Kabas are a traditional form of dress in Ghana. They have been updated to awesome. The dress in the left is from Chez Julie made in the late 1960's. The dress on the right is also Chez Julie and from the late 1960's. The fabric is called wax print.
Christie Brown evening gown from 2010. Satin and wax print.
Pistis dress, 2012. Lace, patchwork, wax print.
Red carpet worthy evening gown by Pistis. 2011
Brigitte Merki Kente-oke dress, 2011.
Love this jacket. Brigitte Merki Kente-oke dress and jacket, 2011
Traditional man's top.........................
.....updated into a cute cocktail dress by Christie Brown, 2009
My favorite. Ajepomaa Design Gallery cocktail dress, 2014. Woven fabric from Burkina Fasso and wax print.
Necklaces made from wax print fabric and feathers.
How could I not take pictures of jewelry? Here's a quiz: who do you see wearing these pieces? You get one guess and there isn't a prize.
A beautiful necklace from Somalia. Sorry about the shadow.
Hair combs and a crazy pair of earrings. Also from Somalia.
Gold and jade necklace from Panama.
Gold nose ring from Panama.
There was also a local woman who makes kabas, but she wasn't there the day we went. This is a display of her fabric. Can you see President Obama on the bottom row?
I've said this before, but if you live near a major university and want culture, go to the web site and check out the art, music and theatre offerings. The shows are usually a lot cheaper (or free) than professional ones. You do have to take into account that some of the offerings will be student work. This art museum is not a student gallery, as you will see in the next post.
Last Friday was the last graduation I'll probably ever go to. The class of 2015 was the last group of students I know really well. I didn't get photos of them all (there were 20 graduating!)
The very tall Blake Fountain, who won best supporting actor for The Wiz....he was the wicked witch.
The top of his mortar board says "Everything's Coming Up Roses"
The amazingly talented Ethan Parker. If he doesn't become famous, the world's not fair.
Best Actor went to Kelsey South! Good luck!
Chela North (did the theatre program just lose their direction?) Another wonderfully talent actor/singer.
Tyrell Ruffin, who was wonderful as the Scarecrow in the Wiz. He's working at PSST this summer. Good luck! It gets crowded and crazy after the event and I couldn't find the rest of the class. Good Luck to all of them.
Now I was going to add the trip for peach ice cream we took today, but that will have to wait for another day. On the way home we stopped to read this landmark. Some of the unknown history of the area I live in. This happened in May of 1918, less than a hundred years ago.
Now go back and look at the smiling faces of Chela and Tyrell. They're the same ages as the Turners who were murdered near this landmark. Reading it is upsetting enough, when we got home I googled "Mary Turner". mary turner.org was the first site to pop up. If you have a strong stomach, you can read the horrifying details of what happened to this poor woman. Every once in a while we come across this landmarks, most of them are marking a civil war battle, important building or some such thing. This is the first one that really pissed me off.
Ok, we've got to stop the hate and love and accept each other. Treat other with respect and kindness. Sorry about going off, but sometimes events are upsetting.
Yesterday was Cinco de Mayo, better know in the USA as another day to get drunk. Sort of like St. Paddy's Day without the green beer.
This lovely couple says "Please respect our culture"
I made Frida Barbie for my BFF a few years ago. Let's see are there any other holidays from other countries coming up? Bastille Day, but nobody cares much about that one. Guess it's too close to the Fourth Of July. Enjoy other people cultures, but stop turning the holidays into reasons to get drunk. (tangent over)