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Newsletter | May/Jun 2008

Volume 36:3
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In this issue:
Christ the Light Cathedral Tour Photos - Judith RoddenPhotos by Suzanne Stewart
Summer Reading - Suzanne Stewart
Call for InDesign Expertise - Suzanne Stewart and Stacy Webb

Featured Members: Wendy Bertrand, Susan Hershman

by Suzanne Stewart    |    Share #101

Wendy Bertrand Our warmest congratulations to one of OWA's founding members, Wendy Bertrand, for being the Featured Artist at the Fiber Art Exhibit at Southern Coos Hospital & Health Center Gallery, 900 11th Street SE in Bandan, Oregon 97411.

Wendy's show, Retrospective of Rugs 1999-2007 just opened on Sunday June 1st and runs through August 2008. She also published a book titled, Rug Retrospective: Eight Weaving Seasons 1999-2007.

Her book is beautifully formatted and filled with photographs of her rugs and details of her rugs. Wendy is photographed as well holding up one of her creative endeavors. She also dyes her own yarn. This is a very enjoyable book, very pleasing to read. Great addition to any coffee table!

Susan Hershman Another one of our members, Interior Designer Susan Hershman, of Oakland recently had her three-year labor of love published and it's called: House Colors: Exterior Color by Style of Architecture, Gibbs Smith Publisher. ( link)

Susan photographed almost all of the houses in the book. And that's a lot of houses. This book has more photos and informative photos than most design books out there today.

This is the most generous collection of finished projects in one bound volume that I have ever seen. Many designers contributed to this tomb of color with projects from all over the Bay Area and nationally. As if giving us the color name and number for each project is incredibly generous Susan also documented manufactures of doors, windows, stone, railings, fences, and lighting per project. This is an amazing amount of information. It is a golden resource for homeowners, but also for designers looking for inspiration and/or confirmation. Thank you Susan!

Christ the Light Cathedral Tour Photos

by Judith Rodden
Photos by Suzanne Stewart
   |    Share #106


Tuesday, May 20 the OWA sponsored a tour of Christ the Light Cathedral in Oakland on Lake Merritt lovingly conducted by Craig Hartman of SOM, the design architect. The architecture was stunningly beautiful and moving and the presentation of his design was enlightening and extremely informative giving a very personal insight into the design process and concept development that goes into a building of this caliber. A second tour will be offered Tuesday, June 17th for those who missed the first one. There are several very informative websites that explain the design and development of the project along with beautiful photographs and a video timeline of the entire construction project. They are here and here.

Exterior and Ceiling Detail

Interior Detail (is this real?)

Summer Reading

by Suzanne Stewart    |    Share #107

Both commencement addresses I attended recently encouraged graduates to continue to broaden their horizons, to seek the full story, to deepen your understanding, all by reading. Keep reading, continue to read. No matter what your path, reading is the way to the goal. In this time of Cliff Notes, sound bites, and power point presentations, they were advised to dig deeper, seek the whole story. Not just the hook, whole book.

I want to invite all OWA members to make the OWA Reading List an ongoing updated list. Please share your favorite books be they about architecture, design, women, or works that you just love. And it doesn't have to be just released. Please make your contribution with a brief statement about the book. We'll keep the list going on the website with new additions highlighted in the newsletter. Send to: OWA Information.

We are kicking off this feature with two book suggestions submitted by Judith Rodden.

What I Know Now, Letters to My Younger Self
By Ellyn Spragins
Broadway, $17.95

In touching, inspiring, and heartfelt letters, more than 40 of the most notable women in modern history reveal wishes for their younger selves. As one might expect, the letters such driven and ambitious women might write to their younger selves include advice to slow down, to have fun, to appreciate life --- advice most modern women could use. But in addition, these remarkable letters give us a frank and penetrating insight into who these women were and are, from the floundering actress that is a young Camryn Manheim, to Kitty Kelley on the brink of releasing her controversial book, The Family, to a fledgling reporter, Ann Curry, as she attempts to shed her uniqueness to fit in with mainstream media. Stay true to yourself. Don't be afraid to spread your wings. Be smart about the risks you take. The wisdom in these letters is hard won, battle proved, and above all, gifted with love.

FOR KEEPS: Women Tell the Truth About Their Bodies, Growing Older and Acceptance
Edited by Victoria Zachheim

Why is it with everything women have accomplished, we still struggle with our feelings about our bodies? Perhaps it's because, in our society, body image has become a loaded term. Whether we're young girls or elderly women, we are bombard by the media's idea of perfection: ligh yound models with perfect skin and smooth boides too often achieved through eating disorderes and fad diets. And no matter what product the manufacturer is trying to sell, the substance of that message remains the same: women are imperfect and, unless we succumb to the hype, that imperfection will thwart our chances for happiness.

In FOR KEEPS, 27 gifted authors write personal essays about how body image has colored, changed or enriched their lives.. .or how life's events have changed their body image. Many of these authors have experienced some transformative moment when they thought Aha! and life was never the same. Whether the focus is illness, depression, our mothers, or growing old, the writing is profound, sometimes hilarious, and always engaging. What better than humor and the naked truth to celebrate and flaunt our bodies and our attitudes toward them? Whoever we are, the way we feel about our bodies profoundly affects the way we live our lives.

Call for InDesign Expertise

by Suzanne Stewart and Stacy Webb    |    Share #108

We are considering using Adobe's InDesign application to produce the newsletter. Currently it's published in MS Word. We are looking for an OWA member who is very familiar with InDesign and happy to share that expertise with us. Please email Suzanne or Stacy if you can help.

A Reminder About Additions to the OWA Web Site

by OWA Webmaster    |    Share #102

Message Board
As you may have noticed, a new feature has been added to the OWA website: a Message Board. As a logged-in member you can now post topics of interest to OWA members and Comment on topics that others have posted. You decide if your topic is visible to the general public or to members alone. We have tried in the past to use Yahoo Groups for this purpose, but having a message board as part of the OWA website we hope will strengthen all of the benefits that the site has to offer. Those benefits include the online Newsletter, Calendar, Directory of OWA members, information about OWA Programs and Events and web Resources of interest to women in the design professions.

Your Work
We would also like to begin to feature you on the website. We want to begin showing off the design capabilities of OWA members in various locations. We know how creative you are, and the site should reflect that creativity. If you have photos of your work (both vocational and avocational efforts) we would be please to display them. This will not be a profile of a particular members work - that may come at a later date. These will be used to headline the various pages on the site replacing the somewhat shopworn photos we currently use. The photos will have a caption and a link to your own website if appropriate.

Requirements: jpeg, horizontal format, ±1200 pixels wide by ± 800 pixels high, project title and location, your role in the project, firm name, website link if appropriate.

Help us make this a more beautiful site. Please email your jpeg attachments to the OWA Webmaster .
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