Women Behind the Jazz

Given the wonderful weather we’ve been having this fall, and the vibrant atmosphere of the Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival currently happening in downtown Fredericton, I took the opportunity to do a few craftivist art drops.

In case you’ve seen them around (and even if you aren’t anywhere near Fredericton to do so), I wanted to let you know a little bit about the two women I chose to feature: Zelda Wynn Valdes and Sonia Delaunay. They were selected based on their combined relationships to textiles and the jazz era of the 1920s.

Women Behind the Jazz banners dropped around town:

Zelda Wynn Valdes dresses Ella“: Zelda Wynn Valdes created many of Jazz icon Ella Fitzgerald’s most beautiful performances dresses.

Who is Sonia Delaunay?“: After the dark days of the First World War (which the Delaunays spent in exile in Portugal and Spain), Paris began to reinvent itself anew as the quintessential modernist city. The world seemed to suddenly spring to life with energy and rhythm: electricity, mass production, jazz. Delaunay’s work chimed with the moment, its new sense of optimism, its dynamism, its bright variety and contrast. (from an editorial feature in Rowan Magazine 53; 2013)

 

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