Early Women Masters East and West
Welcome!! to Early Women Masters East & West — Ancient to Early Modern
Art, Music, Design, Poetry, Ancient Greek Myth & Taoist Spirituality
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Above: THREE BRUSHES (and CAT below) by modernist Mary Fedden (1915-2012) 
from Fedden's gorgeous online exhibit at THE ROCKING CHAIR (Must see!!)
Mary Fedden Cat
More early 20th century, women artists at this site include:
• Sonia Delaunay's (1885-1979) studies in ABSTRACTION & COLOR
DADA with Sophie Taeuber-Arp (1889-1943) and
NATURAL ABSTRACTION in the art of Georgia O'Keeffe (1887-1986)
Emily Dickinson's Nature Mysticism : A Clickable Poetic Labyrinth 
Explore a clickable, 4-circuit-meander and multi-page labyrinth, comprised of 32 mystic poems by Emily Dickinson, each combining nature spirituality with travel imagery. The site includes related commentary adapted from ED's own poems and letters, a guide to Emily Dickinson's Herbarium and with links to botanical illustrations. As a comparative, nature mystic journey, a searchable, one-page copy of St. Teresa of Avila's great masterpiece, THE INTERIOR CASTLE, is also provided. Offsite: have a look at Dickinsongs — a tribute to Emily Dickinson's Philosophy of the Small.  
  ANCIENT CHINESE TAOISM  
THE FEMININE TAO
Gender-Inclusive Translations of the Tao Te Ching or Dao De Jing.
(The present version, completed about 400-300 BCE).
According to Lee Dian Rainey (Decoding Dao):
"Archaeological finds tell us that the Dao de Jing, like other early texts,
was built of small 'building blocks' of pieces arranged in different ways. This is
a long way from the single voice, single author works we are used to today."
Hyperlinked Bibliography: Women Authors on the Tao Te Ching
Picturing Tao & Picturing I Ching (Enigmatic & Nature Photography)
Way of ENSŌ (Enigmatic Circles!!) | Uncarved WOOD

Hymning the Tao Te Ching
(Literal 81 Chapter Chinese-English Study Version)
Crookback: Women Masters in the Chuang-tzu
Magical Calligraphy of Tokai Okon
Mary Cassatt & Spiritual Alchemy
Immortal Sister Sun Bu-er (Taoist Poetry & Historical Legend)

EARLY WOMEN ARTISTS
WOMEN ARTISTS AT THE EASEL (1540-1980)
The Flemish Renaissance painter Caterina van Hemessen (b.1528) created the first self-portrait of any artist (male or female) depicted with brush and palette working at an easel. Her achievement is celebrated here with a slideshow including twenty-three additional self portraits by great women artists, spanning more than 400 years and 12 countries of origin:
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Caterina Van Hemessen (1548) | Sofonisba Anguissola (1556) | Artemisia Gentileschi (1639) | Judith Leyser (1630's) | Elisabetta Sirani (1660's) | Anna Waser (1691) | Angelica Kauffman (1781) | Elisabeth Vigée-Lebrun (1782) | Anne Vallayer-Coster (1783) | Adélaïde Labille-Guiard (1785) | Marie-Guillemine Benoist (1790) | Marie-Victoire Lemoine (ca. 1796) | Marie Ellenrieder (1819) | Anna Bilinska Bohdanowicz (b. 1857) | Rosa Bonheur (1857) | Mary Cassatt (1876) | Berthe Morisot (1885) | Alice Pike Barney (1905) | Zinaida Serebriakova (1907) | Alice Bailly (1917) | Suzanne Valadon (1937) | Frida Kahlo (1941) | Bridget Riley (1965) | Alice Neel (1980)
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See also slideshow of FRIDA KAHLO Self Portraits!
Illustration above: Frida Kahlo with (her pet parrot) Bonito (1941)
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ART & MYTHOLOGY 
Ancient Greek Hymn to Demeter  |  Bibliography
*Sappho or another female author for the Hymn? | Cast of Characters
Offsite at Wordpress: Journeys with Demeter & Plato
Above: Demeter's mother, Rhea, Crete ca. 1200 BCE, (see larger photo: L-441)

 The 25 Episodes of the Hymn to Demeter Myth
Ancient Greek Transliteration and Translation: Citations from feminist
& Other Commentary, Art & Photo Illustrations, Glossary, below by Line Number

(001-014)
The Narcissus
(015-032)
Abduction
(033-050)
Novena
(051-061)
Hecate/Moon
(062-089)
Helios/Sun
(090-104)
Descent
(105-117)
Women at the Well
(118-144)
Doso's Story
(145-170)
Demeter Hired
(171-189)
Threshold
(190-205)
Iambe's Jest
(206-211)
The Kykeon
(212-232)
Demophoön
(233-254)
God-Making
(255-279)
Transfigured
(280-295)
Epiphany
(296-309)
Temple Grief
(310-333)
Iris-Messengers
(334-358)
Hermes
(359-383) Persephone-Return
(384-413)
Pomegranate
(414-440)
Reunion
(441-469)
Rheia's Visit
(470-482)
The Rites
(483-495)
Triumph
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SAPPHO'S WORD: Selected word-puzzles, epithets and imagistic ideas:
Sappho's inspirational fragments as cited by ancient authors
Medieval & Renaissance Music CDs
Women composers, music by Kassia (Gregorian), Hildegard of Bingen, Trobairitz (Medieval Women Troubadours), Chansons de Femme, performed by Sinfonye, Anonymous 4, Sequentia, Circle Dances, Christine de Pisan, Anne Boleyn, Elizabeth I, the Black Madonna, Bridget of Ireland
Emily Dickinson Feminist Essays
Brilliant, early feminist essays on Emily Dickinson's life, letters & poetry (pub. 1886-1915) by: (1) Emily Fowler Ford, (2) Ella Gilbert Ives, (3) Elizabeth Shepley Sergeant, (4) Thomas Wentworth Higginson, (5) Susan Huntington Dickinson, (6) Lilian Whiting, (7) Martha Dickinson Bianchi
ZEN, SHINTO & ASIAN ARTS
NATURAL SOUNDS (Idiophonics, with sound effects)
in Early Japanese Women's Poetry, (includes separate BIBLIOGRAPHY)
Songs of the Shamaness (Princess Nukata)
Studies on compassion: KUAN YIN and TARA (Illustrations by Mayumi Oda)
MT. FUJI's Shinto Goddesses | waka poetry by Princess SHIKISHI
Japanese Jomon Pottery
Rengetsu Pottery
JAPANESE JOMON POTTERY
(Women's Prehistoric Ceramics —
citations, images, links, sources
«« or click illustration left)
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Julia V. Nakamura's Japanese Tea
Audrey Yoshiko Seo's Gardens
Chiyo-ni's Haiku Poetry

An Illustrated SHOBOGENZO
ZEN Studies of the Way

by Dogen Zenji (Gender-Inclusive),
Extensive Bibliography, Citations —
also Dogen's ECOSPIRITUALITY
with ink drawings

« ABLUTIONS
Keiko Abe Marimba music with
Otagaki Rengetsu (1791-1875)
« her hand-shaped bowl with
incised Zen waka poetry, left —
see also her Incredible Edibles!!
 

AMERICAN QUILTS: HISTORY & DESIGN
ANTIQUE GEOMETRIC QUILT DESIGNS
Index, Historical Notes, Free PATCHWORK Blocks

See also QUILT DESIGNS Celebrating Great Women Artists »»
Quilt Designs with Women Poets »»
See links at KALEIDOSCOPE for children's designs and names,
LOTUS BLOCK for links to botanicals, and
THREE PATCH for patterns with curved elements!!
New!! ANIMATED SLIDE-IN Patterns.
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Recommended Quilt Design BOOKS (Old and New)
Ladies Art Company Catalogue (1898, with addenda up to 1928)

«« Newspaper Clippings and Index to Selected Quilt Designs
Illustrated by NANCY CABOT

HARRIET POWERS: African-American Story-Bible Quilts

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