From Library Journal
Published in conjunction with a landmark exhibition mounted at the Bard Graduate Center for Studies in the Decorative Arts (Nov. 2000-Feb. 2001), this lavish volume, with 50 black-and-white and 300 color illustrations, is groundbreaking yet highly readable. There are 21 contributors, a valuable illustrated time line, and 17 fact-filled essays dealing with the general topics of women designers in the 20th century or more specifically contextualizing their work within each medium. Two pertinent essays are Eileen Boris's "Social Change and Changing Experience" and Leslie R. Close's "Women Landscape Designers." The reader will find seemingly unlimited details on the lives of these working women how 14-year-old Anna Wagner Keichline, for instance, announced her intention to become an interior designer and then in 1926-27 designed and patented the "K-Brick for hollow wall construction with predetermined fracture joints for custom fitting at the job." This essential book on the history of women designers belongs in any art or women's studies collection and on most reference shelves. Mary Hamel-Schwulst, formerly with Towson Univ., MD
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"A marvellous book... which is a thorough examination of the importance - and difference - of women designers." Colin McDowell, Sunday Times "Must reading for women considering design careers." Linda Hales, Washington Post "Kirkham celebrates the contributions of women designers in a wide range of design fields including textiles, graphics, ceramics, furniture, fashion and jewelry. A significant volume that understands the myriad ways in which design affects the way we see the world. If you are at all interested in the intertwining of art and commerce, it's a must have." Franklin D. Sirmans, Black Issues "This lavish volume is groundbreaking yet highly readable. An essential book on the history of women designers that belongs in any art or women's studies collection." Library Journal "Exceptional." J. V. L. Trieschman, Choice
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