The Female Power Project

Imagination is the Seed of Power

Female Power Project Shawls, Scarves, and Pins
perSISTERS Prints, Posters, Cards, and Stickers
Inspired by the powers of human and divine females, I have created these objects to represent a person as well as her attributes and message—or power—in words and images. The perSISTERS series reminds us of the positive actions women use to improve all of our lives. Because of the history of women’s oppression, these actions are often heroic and are messages we should celebrate. The shawls, scarves, and pins allow us to wear, and virtually to embody, the powers of exalted females. Women’s experience is human experience.

Information on how to order pieces in the Female Power Project

All of these are designed and printed in the U.S.A. and a portion of the proceeds goes to resonant charities.

Scarves and Shawls

Here is a handy summary page picturing all the designs. I am phasing out the cotton and silk versions to be replaced by polyester chiffon. They have rolled-serged seams around the edges.

Printed on lightweight and translucent 70% cotton, 30% silk voile, the scarves are about 14 inches wide and 90 inches long and they cost $85. The Shawls are about 36 inches wide and 90 inches long and cost $150.

Printed on lightweight and translucent polyester chiffon, the scarves are about 17 inches wide and 90 inches long and they cost $65. The Shawls are about 36 inches wide and 90 inches long and cost $125.

You can order them directly from me! Just send me a message here (include your name, email, and the address you want me to ship to, as well as which pieces you would like to buy) and I will send you a Paypal invoice which will include the shipping cost (likely to be $5.00 for U.S. destinations). I will ship when your payment goes through. If you are interested in purchasing a Female Power Pin ($48) let me know and I will email you a picture of the ones I have in the studio right now. These are one-of-a-kind, so there’s no other way of telling what designs I will have when you want to get one.

perSISTERS Prints, Posters, Cards, and Stickers

Here is a page showing posts about the perSISTERS designs I am creating. There is also information about prices and ordering.

Female Power Pins

Here is a page showing the Female Power Pins I have created. These are one-of-a-kind, so please email me here to find out which ones I have in the studio right now.

Posts about the Female Power Project (oldest to newest)

Here are the posts I have written about this evolving project. It began as a project to make shawls and scarves to “wear” the powers represented. After the 2016 election and the 2017 women’s march, I started producing quicker, more graphic, positive protest designs to be presented as posters and cards and stickers (now called perSISTERS). Soon I will create an e-commerce site to sell these objects more efficiently online. Until then you can contact me directly or drop by my studio, Black Lab, in Washington, DC. Info on Contact! page. I have also produced mixed media fine art pieces in the Female Power Project series.

  • New Work: The Female Power Shawls -   Up to now I have been thinking of my scarf and shawl designs as commercial work, not as fine art. In fact, I have several kinds of work I do, including graphic design, and I try to keep these things separated from the fine art in my promotions, because, you know, art is so […]
  • More About the Female Power Project - Now I want to write about another design in this series. This one is for Maya Angelou. This woman was amazing, she did so many things in her life and made art out of nearly everything she did. Of course she is best known for being a writer of memoir and poetry. Her first book, […]
  • Further FEARLESS Adventures in the Female Power Project - Now I will write about the development of the “Fearless” designs honoring Harriet Tubman. When I was surveying people about their heroes, Harriet Tubman came up many times. I didn’t know much about her. Like many famous people I have researched, a library search comes up with more books targeted to a juvenile audience than […]
  • ERZULIE joins the Female Power Project - When I was asking friends which females they were inspired by, one told me that the Haitian goddess, Erzulie, had stayed with her ever since she had taken a class on the people of the Caribbean. A quick Wikipedia search showed me enough to capture my attention. There are so many Erzulies! Erzulie, or “Ezili,” […]
  • Powerful Females Rock the Female Power Project - Ayanna G. in the “Bride of Hurricanes” scarf.       Carolyn D. in the “FEARLESS” shawl.         Pegah S. in the “ERZULIE” shawl and scarf  
  • FOCUS pieces honor Marie Curie - Marie Curie, born Marya Sklowdowska in 1867, was a Polish chemist who spent her working life in France. She was extraordinarily brilliant and won two Nobel prizes, one in physics for investigations into radioactivity (she coined that term) and another in chemistry for her discovery of the elements Polonium and Radium. She worked closely with […]
  • PRESENCE: Honoring Ieshia Evans - Here is the most recent addition to the #FemalePowerProject, a multi-media triptych called PRESENCE: Honoring Ieshia Evans. This is one of two pieces with “PRESENCE” in its title. I will post about the other soon. Now showing in the studio windows at Black Lab, you can view these works any time of the day or […]
  • Introducing Female Power Project Positive Protest Principles Posters - I’ve made this series within a series, I suppose within TWO series. Isn’t everything connected anyway? After the devastating slap of the election, the Women’s March was a tonic. With so many people who came from all over—and the sister marches around the world—it is clear that progressive action is becoming more potent than ever. […]
  • PRESENCE: assembling the shards (Female Power Project) - Here are some process images of the piece I have in the EMULSION 2017 exhibition opening Friday, March 3 and closing March 16, 2017. I will be participating in an informal discussion on this piece on Thursday, March 9 sometime between 6:00 and 7:30pm. The piece is a ladder holding 10 containers (re)constructed from […]
  • Three New Poster Designs - I’m now calling these #FemalePowerProject Positive Protest Principles Posters. With these three, the total number of designs will be ten. (Click here to see the first seven designs.) They are: DISSENT honoring Ruth Bader Ginsburg; be marvelous TOGETHER honoring Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton; and FIGHT honoring Hillary Clinton. Two sizes are available […]
  • The Honorable Kamala Harris knows her place - Here is my latest poster production honoring Kamala Harris. Kamala Harris is the junior Senator from California. Previously she served as Attorney General of California. Harris was born in Oakland, California. She is the daughter of an Indian mother, a cancer researcher who emigrated in 1960, and a Jamaican-American father who is an economics professor. […]
  • Take Up Space - Here is the most recent Female Power Project Positive Protest Principles Poster, honoring Rosa Parks. It’s called “Take Up Space.” I am here and it’s wrong to make me move. This is from Wikipedia: “Rosa Louise McCauley Parks (February 4, 1913 – October 24, 2005) was an activist in the Civil Rights Movement in the […]
  • Designs for Morrison, Roosevelt, Sampson join perSISTERS Poster Series - Here are two new poster designs in the #FemalePowerProject Positive Protest Principles Posters series, also called the perSISTERS. Now I will tell you about them. TELL your story It is partly through telling our stories—claiming the language for our experience—that we find female power. The more we speak and read, the more it is possible […]
  • perSISTER: Sophie Scholl & The White Rose - Sophia Magdalena Scholl was born on May 9, 1921, in Forchtenberg am Kocher, where her father, Robert Scholl, was mayor. At 12 Sophie joined the Hitler Youth, but became disillusioned. The arrest of her father left a strong impression on her. He was punished for telling his secretary: “The war! It is already lost. This […]
  • Reclaiming My Time - There’s so much to make art about right now. Sigh. “I thank you for your compliments about how great I am but I don’t want to waste my time on me.” “The time belongs to the gentlelady from California.” I’ve wanted to do a piece on Maxine Waters for a while but I’ve been waiting […]
  • Spread Love (honoring Heather Heyer) - The perSISTERS works are not the only things I’m making right now, but they are the pieces I finish the fastest. Every few days something happens to make a protest poster about! Soon I will be posting more about my (working title) Landscape of Objects pieces. August 28 is my deadline to complete three in […]
  • Siouxsie Sioux Takes Command - This design was a personal commission for my daughter’s birthday. She had mentioned more than once that I might want to do a perSISTERS poster for Siouxsie Sioux. And then it was going to be her birthday and I thought I would do one especially for her. You might be able to tell that I […]
  • Small Prints of perSISTERS - Fresh in the studio, 5 x 7 inch small prints of ten perSISTERS designs—you asked for them! Some are reworked designs and they are all slightly different because the ratio is different than the 8 x 10 base size I design them in. The “SPEAK” (honoring Elizabeth Warren) design is quite different, and also “use […]
  • New perSISTERS variations honoring Eleanor Roosevelt and Elizabeth Warren - I’ve tweaked these designs to add focus. I will have all the perSISTERS and the Female Power Project scarves and shawls for sale at the Takoma Park Street Festival on October 1, 2017, 10:00am till 5:00pm. Come say hey! Event info:
  • Phenomenology of Message - What the Female Power Project is meaning I am an artist and I have an art business. These are intertwining occupations, obviously. There is making, and there is making ABOUT making. Art is, among  other things, a mode of communication in itself. The object itself communicates. At the most fundamental level this is an interaction […]
  • The Woman Who Gave Birth to Herself - I didn’t want to do a piece on Frida Kahlo when I started the #FemalePowerProject because it seemed to me that her work and her life have become kitsch and thus a minefield of meanings. I was urged by more than one advisor to proceed. But really, it wasn’t until that crazy election and the […]