I once read an article that said the worlds of art and fashion and philosophy would never meet. (Except when you think you need an new outfit for a gallery opening.) I disagree. I think they're all one world. I think they're the culture of the civilized human. A forgotten place that, the days, we only remember at wedding, funerals, or formal dinners.
Perhaps the chasm began when fashion, art, and philosophy each became so heavily politicized they forgot what they were doing. Henceforth, we're planing to heavily ignore politics and share our joy in beauty, culture, and wisdom.
Iron is for strong spines that hold us firm when we want to collapse. The iron in our souls no matter what. The iron we lift in the gym that protects our bodies, and even the way we still iron our clothes.
Feather is for the glamour of Haute Couture, alongside of the flights of our artistic souls, the scribe of a quill, and the faith of believing we're covered by an angel's wing.
Tea represents our community of thought, ideas, and values. Tea is part of the philosophy of gathering together in a civilized manner. In our logo, the "A" is fist bumping the "E" in the word tea.
Many bloggers use stock photography but all the images on Iron Feather Tea are original because I’m a commercial photographer. (Stock photography displeases me since it cheapens the work for all talented Photogs. Don’t get me started.) I specialize in Architecture, Product and Food, and Fine Art photography and was featured in Creative Quarterly Magazine in the 2016 issue #42. I’m one of 2 women worldwide who won Communication Arts Magazine’s Excellence in Photography award in both 2013 and 2015. I won 2017 recognition on Houzz as one of the Best Photographers for their 40 million viewers.
I’m listed with Charleston’s Gibbes Museum of Art - Society 1858’s roster of Southern Artists whose work contributes to a new understanding of art in the South. Art and ongoing education is good thing so I’ve also studied Art as an Alternative Investment online with the London branch of The Sotheby’s Institute. (but I do not recommend taking their classes.)
The phrase “Literature Photography” is a term I coined to describe the duel creativity of writing poetry and paring it with Fine Art Photography so that the art isn’t IN the book, it IS the book. I have a such a book on Amazon.
I came to photography by way of fashion, modeling, and make up artistry. I’ve stomped my way down a few runway shows and done some modeling back in the day. (I'm just a little clumsy. I like to think it's part of my charm.) ~~~
On the personal side of things, I'm a two-time cancer survivor. (One was minor. The other was not.) And I'm the mother of a young man with some challenges. He was born early at 1lb, 9oz (A Fluke. No one's fault) and it left him with Cerebral Palsy and a severe vision impairment.
It also gave him something called Non-Verbal Learning Disability, which means that my little guy understood language but none of the non-verbal cues that accompany it. Since then, he's done well but, complicated by his low vision and even though he has a normal IQ, he's often confused by human communication. (But then again, who isn't these days? Amirite?)
It was my job to explain everything to a child who couldn't see and who didn't understand but who was intensely curious about everything. This meant that after 30 years, I'm an on-the-job expert in Human Language and Communication. Body Language and Facial Expressions are also in my wheelhouse since those are other cues my son didn't understand.
I have a dog named Uncle Bob. He's a Golden Retriever and is, possibly, magic. Then, there's the tiny, beautiful, black, feral cat who adopted me 9 years go. (I think she felt sorry for me. Lowly Human.) Her name is Rockette. She's named after those high-steppin' butt-kicking ladies that grace the stage at Radio City Music Hall. Because they're Fierce. ~~~
Nan would like to welcome Dorothy as an editor, contributor and all around awesome part of Iron Feather Tea. She's an awesome women and she takes no prisoners.
Dorothy J is an actor who is known on and off set as a fun, warm, empathetic woman. She brings those qualities to the intriguing characters she plays, which are often strong, loving, supportive, and even funny. You can see some of her work here.
The youngest of four siblings, this creative spirit found much of her joy in the arts. Growing up in an artistically creative home, she remembers how the living room window curtains were perfect accessories for dramas, song and dance. Sometimes she would sneak out of her bedroom and listen to The Shakespeare Club spoken from the living room until late into the night.
She began acting in theater from middle school until her first year in college. At that time, she obtained two Associates Degrees, one in Hotel and Restaurant Management and the other in Retail Management. Dorothy worked in Retail Management for seven years before she married and had children. Still feeling pulled into the arts, she started doing Community Theater as well as singing worship music, in choirs, with choral societies, and singing solos.
With all this going on, this bundle of energy still made time to volunteer for her children's school, obtain a 1st degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do and even win a National Women's Title in TKD in Sparring and Poomse in Las Vegas. She volunteered for Youth Programs, Music Worship, Producing, Stage Managing, Cameras, Video Operations, and Video Hosting. She jumped at the chance to audition for the Southern College for the Arts & Design Film students in Savannah, GA. and has been in over 40 short SCAD films that have helped refine her acting skills.
Several of the shorts she has been in have earned Best Ensemble awards, won awards at the Berlin Film Festival and the Knoxville 7-Day Shootout. She has also studied Spolin Improv, has acted in 5 more theatrical shows, and has taken various method acting classes as well as on-camera acting and auditioning techniques. In fact, Dorothy has been continually studying for the last 7 years. She has obtained a talent agent and can be seen in many short films, a feature film, and several commercials and print ads.
Through the years Dorothy has been working in the School System as an Administrative Assistant, Receptionist, Volunteer Coordinator and Special Education Assistant. When not working, filming or in a theatrical production she is happy hanging out with her family, or watching films, swimming, jet skiing, body surfing, boating, walking beaches, tandem hand gliding, parasailing and enjoying the sunshine and outdoors.
That's enough about Dorothy and I but let's consider one last thing before we explore further. I believe we must always keep in mind is that entering our later years is a gift. It's not a curse. As you approach these milestones, always remember that each passing year is another gift... as is each morning.
Celebrate your years each morning! You've earned another day, so unwrap them with glee. Getting older is not for sissies. It's blurry and it hurts. Feet hurt. Knees hurt. Your vision gets soft. You can't remember where you put your glasses. It's neither easy nor fun.
So, never let me hear you mutter derisively that something looks like an old lady's dress, pants, shoes, or whatever. NO! Those are the fashion hallmarks of a woman who has truly lived in her body. If you reached age 50 and you don't have sore feet or painful knees, I'd have to wonder if you've lived a boring life and sported lack-luster fashion. I'm kidding! Don't write me. (Shhh. I'm not kidding.)
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