Margaret Avison(1918-2007): Intensity of the Seed

Potentiality Humble is the intensity of a seed. It lies there too small to cast a shadow, as the invisible is too large, compassing light and shadow both; yet there is a bond that makes them one. (From Always Now: Collected Poems of Margaret Avison) July 1st is Canada day, and it fell on a […]

Margarete von Brauchitsch(1873-1939): Embroiderer of Gorgeous Gridwork

Margarethe Von Brauchitsch, Tafeltuch, 1910

  Source: thetextileblog.blogspot.com via Margaret on Pinterest       The embroidery of Margarete Von Brauchitsch(1873-1939) reminds me of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Prairie Style Architecture, with stained glass made with an intricate grid  I had a chance to see Wright’s Dana-Thomas House when I lived in Illinois in 1994, and the delightful repetition of pattern […]

Margaret Nelson(1901-1981): Botanical Block Prints

Solomon Seal, Margaret Nelson.

Margaret Nelson(1901-1981), was a member of the Folly Cove Designers(1938-1969), made mostly of women, who were residents of Cape Ann, MA.  Although many of the members were not formally trained as artists, Margaret Nelson attended the Boston Museum School for sculpture.  I have Solomon Seal in my garden, and Nelson’s print has a verdant crispness, […]

Song of my Youth and Name: Stand Down Margaret by The English Beat

I woke up in the night with the tune “Stand Down Margaret” by The English Beat in my head. I remember checking out one of their records from the Southgate Mall Branch of the Edmonton Public Library, in 1984.  There was a cautionary mobile dangling above my head composed of melted vinyl albums, casualties of […]

From the Attic: Peace and Happiness from my Grade 1 Teacher

Dear Margaret: Encouragement from my Grade 1 Teacher

My grade 1 teacher, Mrs. Peggy Juchli, wrote this message at the end of the 1973 school year.   I have a memory of Mrs. Juchli encouraging me to make art, but reading her words, when I found this journal in the attic a few weeks ago, was a revelation.   Mrs. Juchli introduced me to the […]

Margaret Calkin James(1895-1985): Illustrator, Printmaker, and Founder of Rainbow Workshops

At the Sign of the Rainbow: Margaret Calkin James.

Searching for a Margaret for Margaret Monday, Stratoz suggested that I look for something related to Christmas, and Margaret Calkin James(1895-1985)appeared.  She was part of the everyday visual landscape because of her work for London Transport and the Underground. The 1931 A Merry Christmas has a wonderful blue and orange color scheme, with paper lanterns […]

Margaret Leng Tan(1945-): Avant-garde Pianist and her Reconstruction of John Cage

John Cage Chess Pieces

  Dancing around the Bride: Cage, Cunningham, Johns, Rauschenberg, and Duchamp at the Philadelphia Museum of Art through January 21, 2013. Stratoz and I took a trip to the Philadelphia Art Museum, and saw the Dancing around the Bride exhibit, about 4 artists who enjoyed working with each other, inspiring each other and playing with their […]

Margaret Wright(1944-): Adventures in Optimization

In honor of the birthday of Ada Lovelace(1815-1852), founder of scientific computing, I am writing about Margaret Wright.  She works with optimization which is both math and computing related, and helps solve practical problems, like when she was at Bell Labs, and had the task of how to set up an indoor wireless system at […]

Margaret Watkins(1884-1969): From Canada to New York to Glasgow and from Photographer to Recluse

Margaret Watkins Untitled (glass bowls & glasses), c.1928 6.25 x 8.5 inches vintage palladium print

  Margaret Watkins(1884-1969) was born in Hamilton, Ontario as “Meta Gladys” and transformed into a Margaret.  Often Margaret’s start out with the name but become Peggy, Marge, Greta or Maggie.  Margaret Watkins left Canada when she was 24, and worked at the Roycroft Craft Community in East Aurora, NY.  I was happy to find that […]

Margaret Peot: Artist, Costume Painter, Writer

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Looking for Margarets has led to me to so many interesting women, but I found Margaret Peot because of looking for images about the Alexander Technique on Pinterest, and she had an Alexander board.  Fortunately for me, Margaret Peot also had a board of her woodcut art, and in looking for more about her, I […]

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