Remembering Lisa Frank
By Luna Lark
Unabashedly a child of the '90s, I remember the days of scrunchies, New Romantics hand-me-downs, and acid-wash jeans with fondness, not disgust. Surely I could have grown up in a less garish and more aesthetically decisive decade, but I enjoyed my childhood nonetheless (or maybe because of the ubiquitous tackiness). Part of the colorful outlandishness that spilled over from the '80s and into the early '90s was inherently very child-like and therefore agreeable to children. The big shapes, the arresting colors—the sights were bold without the nasty grayness that an adult's paintbrush lends to the world. The art and stationery of Lisa Frank epitomize that optimistic, over-the-top '90s flair that became very familiar to me as early as kindergarden.
To the uninitiated, Lisa Frank is a pop artist whose cartoonish work anthropomorphizes every creature from pandas to jaguars to turtles. Lisa Frank even renders narwals, though her pictures of unicorns, teddy bears, and household pets are her most famous. This equal-opportunity artist has also earned attention for her imaginative depictions of tween girls who combine fashion savvy with active lifestyles as surfers, princesses, shoppers, and cool kids on the block. Yet the main take-away about Lisa Frank's art is this: she always goes for flamboyant colors and information overload. If there's a free space in her work, chances are she'll fill it with a heart, star, or rainbow.
When I was in first grade, my parents bought a huge Lisa Frank DIY jewelry kit for my sisters and me to share. I remember digging through the beads, always astounded by what shape or shade I'd pluck up next. The beads all came in typical Lisa Frank colors: violet, magenta, sunshine yellow, aqua, deep pink. Occasionally, my sisters and I would fight over the more unique beads, which were usually shaped like animals. Other times, we would sit peacefully in our playroom, stringing beads onto electric purple and bright blue strands of elastic for a menagerie of poodle bracelets and kitty necklaces.
Not Necessarily Water & Oil
By QB Social Butterfly
I get it, the Holocaust Museum in Richmond, Virginia is not a particularly cheery place to spend any precious holiday time. However, there is no designated time of the year to just forget about and stop learning from history and the mistakes that have been made. Celebrate life this holiday season by paying respects to the little bit of European Jewish culture that was salvaged.
Through December 30
Photographs of a Small Town in Poland 1897-1939
This exhibit pays tribute to ordinary Jewish life in Poland before the Nazi invasion. Admission is free.
December 18, 11:00 am
Yiddish Film Festival
Pre-Holocaust, Yiddish filmmaking had its own niche in film culture. While most is lost forever, a few treasures remain and will be screened throughout the day. Admission is free.
Gift Wrap the Quail Bell(e) Way
By Jade Miller
Even if we weren’t in a recession and trying to save money, the big thing is being green--better yet, crafty! What’s better to go with all your handmade and local gifts than gift-wrap you make yourself? Quail Bell is here to give you a few ideas on how to wrap that one-of-a-kind gift in just as unique wrapping paper.
The easiest option is just plain old brown craft paper. My favorite way to gift wrap is to truss up the present in the craft paper and use old books from the used bookstore to cut out letters and spell out the recipient’s name onto the package. That way there’s no need for gift tags, and you look like you spent a huge effort when it was really just a few moments. It’s the small things that really make a present look like a million bucks.
By Starling Root
Another idea to do with craft paper, straight from Pee-Wee’s Playhouse Christmas Special, is to cut seasonal images into potatoes and use them as starchy stamps! Super easy too with just red and green paint, and maybe even get a little fancy with some gold paint thrown in there, or even better, glitter. Quail Bell(e)s do adore that glitter so. You can also use the potato stamps to make simple holiday cards. Just buy some neutral cardstock, fold in half, and stamp the front.
7 Facts About Nose Piercings
By Christine Stoddard
Whatever your stance on “alternative” piercings, they're becoming increasingly harder to ignore in a Western world that embraces them more openly than ever before—or at least shuns them less than in previous decades. This rings especially true for those little things dangling from nostrils and septums. Once a punk icon, now even All-American girl types are rocking little nose piercings.
Maybe nose piercings are the new women's pants. The Victorians found women's pants scandalous; today they are mundane. Even elementary school teachers wear pants and, yes, have nose piercings.
On that note, think about how much you probably know about ladies' jeans—the sizing, the cuts, the brands, etc. If nose piercings are the new jeans, you better get the low-down quick. Here are seven things you might not know about nose piercings:
- Hindu women tend to wear their piercing on the left nostril because, in Ayurvedic medicine, the location correlates to female reproductive organs. (Maybe that's where the elusive G-spot really lies.) This piercing position allegedly reduces the pains of childbirth.
- The average nose piercing takes about ten to twelve weeks to heal. During the healing process, hydrogen peroxide should never go near the tender area where the nose has been pierced.
- In the Bible, Rebekah, Abraham's wife-to-be, received a golden nose ring from her future husband's servant, Eliezer, after he decided that she was worthy of being his master's wife (Genesis 24:22).
- Nose piercings actually started to catch on with hippie culture in the United States before punk culture even existed. As early as the mid-1960s, many hippies visited India, importing Indian food, music, and fashion into American youth culture.
- Some people decide to get a rhinoplasty so they not only have a nose that “fits” their face but a nose that “fits” the piercing they want. If this is your plan, wait at least 8 weeks after your nose job to get pierced.
- In ancient Mayan society, septum jewelry was often made of gold and/or jade.
- The name of the North American Indian tribe, Nez Perce, comes from the French, meaning “pierced nose.” French fur traders passing through what is now modern-day Washington state so named the tribe after observing the Indians' common practice of piercing the septum.
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Fairy Food: Carrot and Apple Salad
By QB Chef
Most fairies don't have the convenience of microwaves, toaster ovens, or even just plain old stoves. Making hot food involves building a toasty fire or kidnapping fireflies. That's why so much of their food's served cold--not that that fact makes their cuisine any less delicious than mortal food. For a quick taste of enchantment, chop up some red Fuji apples and fresh carrots. Season the mix with cinnamon sugar and pumpkin spice for a very fairy-like fall salad.
Killer Legs By Nylon
By Jade Miller
By Virginia Nickerson
The best thing about being a fashionable Quail Bell(e) is discovering those perfect pieces or creative ways to combine old pieces in that wardrobe into an amazing new take on an outfit. Yet, in the world of fashion, what might seem original and innovative to us has actually been around for ages.
References to hosiery go all the way back to the Egyptians, who wore the first socks, and the Ancient Greeks, where workmen and slaves wore hose and Roman women wore short socks in their homes. These socks transitioned into stockings in the Middle Ages in Europe, where men wore breeches and women wore stockings with garters. This was also when silk stockings were all the rage, with heavier linen socks covering the delicate fabric when worn with boots.
Though stockings were originally created without fashion in mind, it didn’t take long for them to become an expression of self. The Dandies, in the sixteenth century, layered different colors and patterns and heights of stockings and socks in order to create their personal looks.
She & Him Brighten the Holidays
By Julie DiNisio
Thanksgiving had literally just ended when Lite 98 began playing Christmas music to all of Richmond, Virginia. I, ordinarily, have an ambivalent attitude towards the sounds of the season but Lite 98 doesn’t really do it for me. I guess I am just too much of a VCU hipster to enjoy the radio. Or something like that. Fortunately, Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward, together forming the musical duo She & Him, have presented me with an alternative means of getting my Christmas music fix.
Voltaire--not the philosophe but the toy-maker
By Paisley Hibou
Aurelio Voltaire Hernández—that's the opulent birth name of the dark cabaret musician whose stage name is just as beautifully old-fashioned: Voltaire. With credits in not only music, but publishing, comics, animation, and even toys, the former wunderkind got his start in show biz animating for Parker Brothers at age 17. Mixing drama with satire, the multi-talented creator has earned a loyal following since Projekt Records released his first album in 1998.
Now the Cuban immigrant with Jersey roots claims icon status in New York's goth scene. Voltaire's music deviates from mainstream goth by infusing the violins and cellos of European folk sounds with poppy vocals and often whimsical lyrics. But, again, this is a man who could not be content with making music alone. Today Voltaire still performs, but he also teaches stop-motion at School of Visual Arts in New York and continues unleashing a flurry of brain children onto the gothic scene.
In a recent interview with Quail Bell, Voltaire discussed the territory of his ever-expanding toyland:
Becoming a Building Resuscitator
By Christine Stoddard
You don't necessarily have to be an architect to make a difference in the lives of buildings. Some people prefer locking lips with bricks or stones and resusitating structures instead. Historic preservationists dote upon buildings so that future generations can lust after their dream homes, churches, schools and office buildings as much as their parents did. While preservationists may not make buildings, they keep them alive. Thus, the practices of architecture and preservation go hand in hand. As such, many universities house (pun intended) their historic preservation programs in their architecture schools.
If you're toying with the idea of studying historic preservation after college, don't fret too much about your undergraduate major. While it helps to have studied history or art history, there's no reason why an English or Anthropology or even Biology major can't bring interesting insights to the graduate classroom. Any antiquarian who's prepared for the rigors of graduate school can handle the coursework.
Here are four U.S. graduate programs in the field hand-picked by Quail Bell Magazine: