Sunday, 23 August 2009

Great Women

Sandy Nightingale  is busy in the studio on a favourite project she has been developing with Sandi Toksvig. There are quite a few paintings with accompanying text as the project looks for the right home. History is festooned with fabulous females. Sandy and Sandi take unusual slants on the most famous - Elizabeth I and Mata Hari - and relish the marvellously obscure women who deserve to be discovered and celebrated - Pope Joan and the chaos that caused, Domestic Goddess, Fanny Farmer and Dame Ethel Smyth conducting an orchestra of suffragettes with a tooth brush from her prison cell window, to name just a few.

The list of subjects and paintings is always growing while publishers tread water over the potential of a book about half the population with an audience of more.
They are having great fun with lots of women to celebrate but suggestions are always welcome . . .

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