Bring back lesbian (Hollywood) sewing circles. Swiping, utterly, sucks! Tipsily, I've registered on dating sites but next day, lost my mojo on interacting. Bring me back to sipping fizz with my fab sewing circle pose in Soho gay bars, First Out... queer indie clubbing at the Ghetto & Popstars and, being introduced to sewing circle friends of friends or eyes meeting across the dancefloor...
Though relieved to be born in this time - WOW, I would have liked to have hung out in the Hollywood Sewing Circle and Natalie Barney's salon (without any dramas - me, a good girl) ......
Natalie Barney's Salon:
Openly out, Natalie Barney (a wealthy American poet and writer) ran a weekly salon from her home in 20 rue Jacob, Paris, where many of the coolest 20c artists, intellectuals and writers hung out, from the early 1900s until the late 1960s. Fabulously over the years, she hosted hundreds of famous guests including Colette, Gertrude Stein, Isadora Duncan... as well as artists Auguste Rodin, poet T.S. Eliot, writer F. Scott Fitzgerald, and arts patron Peggy Guggenheim, among others. Dance performances, literary readings, musical concerts and plays were held there. Perhaps this inspired my fav Pet Shop Boys video / track "Being Boring" and their lyric "She was never being boring, as she was never bored" (a quote from Zelda Fitzgerald)?
The Hollywood Sewing Circle:
There is contention as to who came up with the term "The Hollywood sewing circle". Alla Nazimova (a Russian-American actress) is credited as coming up with term "The Sewing Circle" as a discreet code for lesbian or bisexual actresses. Thereafter, Marlene Dietrich secretly called her group of Hollywood lesbian and bi women stars, her "Sewing Circle". As documented by Axel Madsen in his book The Sewing Circle (1996), this included a surprising array of key Hollywood stars: Greta Garbo, Tallulah Bankhead, Katherine Cornell, Barbara Stanwyck, and Joan Crawford. Others whose secret lives were divulged, include: Maude Adams, Lynn Fontanne, Myrna Loy, Edith Head, Janet Gaynor, Jill Esmond, Elsa Lanchester, Isadora Duncan, Laurette Taylor, Libby Holman, Marjorie Main, Agnes Moorehead, and Dame Judith Anderson. They met at one another's Hollywood houses for lunch, conversation and... aye! Mercedes de Acosta (a playwright...) seems to have struck it very lucky there.
Holy Moly! This Lockdown 2 project got so much bigger than I intended! I am a collator & cropper - certainly not a writer :( Please forgive any unbeknown favouritism. I confess, and so not meant rude, I am into multi visual cinema and sound beats but lack the attention to read and watch, few-scene theatre. Moreover, and shame on me, I am a still a behind the scenes supporter on all things. My dream lesbian sewing circle is v personal to me but not meant detrimental to all the stellar woman who have stood so gallantly for our lesbian community.
Special Shout Out...
In my dream Sewing Circle, to... Annie Leibovitz who appeared at her opening during an Edinburgh International Festival. She autographed a beautiful postcard of her slick pic of Olympic Diver, Greg Louganis, for me. Of course I was too tongue-tied to say how awesome I thought her work was (had no idea she was cake!). Hurrah, she spelt my name wrong (it is Germanised) so she wrote a v sweet and treasured, sorry amendment. Blown-up, it is displayed in my flat so hugely, proudly. Thank you Annie Leibovitz - you so rock!
Hetty (straight) card ... to talk slick, Virgin Suicides & Bling Ring
Film Director: 1971
To... hug her for tipping... me over, the edge.
To... encourage me to be a sassy beecharmer.
To... escort me to schwul Weimer cabarets.
Queen of The Sewing Circle: 1901 - 1992
To... slam some tequilas on Día de Muertos.
Artist: 1907 - 1954
To.. nuture me on sounding cool at art openings.
Artist: 1874 – 1970
To... help me suss a... whodunit!
Author: 1921 - 1995
To... get lowdown on Victorian Sapphic slang.
To... hmmm, I would be too in awe, to speak!
Film Director & Screenwriter: 1978
Saw 1st movies, talkies, colour, Hays code...
American Film Director: 1897 – 1979
To... brainstorm new Sapphic docs - soooo many!
Documentary Filmmaker: X
To... talk catwalks and, design me slick wear.
Film Costume Designer: 1910 – 1993
To... debate the slickest cinematographic flicks.
To... talk fashion rocks and, how drugs suck :(
Model: 1960 - 1986
To... seduce me, reduce me, play me Debussy.
Classical Pianist: 1894 – 1964
To... play me mellow cello pieces.
Classical Cellist: 1961
To... reminisce over slick indie muzic subcultures.
For... with her pose, boozing, blues battle offs!
Singer: 1894 – 1937
To... sing me the blues under a blue moon.
Singer: 1915 – 1959
To... rock and roll the nite away.
To... hug her (racists are thugs) & play with i-spy invisible ink.
Singer: 1906 - 1975
To... serenade me and then, fence me!
Opera Singer: 1670/1673 - 1707
To... illuminate brightness and contrast, to me.
Photographer: 1908 - 1942
To... teach me composed image composition.
For... naughty giggles - I so, need a giggle :)
Comedian: c. 610 - c. 570 bce
To... champion me on onomatopoeia and alliteration.
Poet: 1893 – 1967
To... re-design my flat-pack flat.
Furniture Designer & Architect: 1878 - 1976
To... radiate ace grace.
Stage Ballerina: 1881 – 1931
To... mix with the slick Hollywood sapphic creatives.
Queen of The Sewing Circle: 1892 – 1968
To... mix with the slick French sapphic creatives.
Queen of Parisian Salons: 1876 - 1972
To... be ALIVE - and hang out with me and my gals.
Mummy: X - 2010