Saturday, 6 February 2010

Femulate Rosie

Casting around for inspiration when thinking that maybe it's time I had a profile picture I did a bit of searching on iconic images of women through the ages. One of the images I turned up will not be the inspiration for my picture for all its power, Rosie the riveter was the publicity character representing the thousands of American women who participated in the US war effort during World War II.

Aside from having the right arms and someone I could probably borrow a pneumatic drill from I don't think I have what it takes to make a success of it but it raised an interesting benchmark: if you can do a good Rosie then I think you've arrived, in passing terms. Being a girl in satin and heels is easy, being a girl in oily overalls is hardcore.


  1. LOL, Cathy, but she still is and looks like a woman, as does Rosie.

    So, you going to put up a picture of yourself with a pneumatic drill in your hands, Jenny? Since I really don't know what that is, I suppose an electric drill would do.

    Nice post!

    Calie xxx

  2. Sorry, my translation engine failed there. Jackhammer.

  3. Rosie don't do much for me either. I do like Laura Knight's portrait of Ruby Loftus, though, not least because I have used a lathe too. And greasy overalls. Sometimes creating a bit of an epat among la bourgeoisie along the way...

  4. Wow, I never knew she was a war artist too! I've seen her ballet dancers and her George Bernard Shaw reproduced, and also encountered her hop pickers through my rural-craft-geekiness but never this, or mention of the Nuremburg trial works.

    Time for more Googling, methinks.

    I was just having a chuckle at the thought of appearing in girl mode in the environents in which I encounter lathes. :)