Lovely Monsters: Reboot

Today on Museum Bites we’re talking tornadoes with a tour through photographer and storm chaser, Camille Seaman’s The Big Cloud exhibit at the Michigan State University Museum. Thanks to years of watching Dorothy (and her little dog too!), tornadoes have been my go-to nightmare.

Dazzling Deco

Today on Museum Bites we’re kicking off my road trip to Milwaukee, Wisconsin with a tour through the Milwaukee Art Museum’s dazzling collection of art deco. Sleek and shiny art deco influenced fashion, entertainment, architecture and even manufacturing during the 1920s and 1930s.

Lovely Monsters

Seaman’s haunting photographs capture the dark, tornado-rich clouds hovering open-mouthed over vulnerable farmland. Captivated by the fierce beauty of these supercell storms, my fight or flight response was pinging.

Batter Up!

Dressed in an army uniform on a hot sunny day, Ruth chased baseballs dropping hither and thither from the sky.

Making Waves

Check out this marcelwaver, a real game changer in hair fashion.  Invented in 1882 by Marcel Gateau, this handy device used a heated rod and tongs to create the wavy bobs popular in the 1920s.  Prior to the marcelwaver, women dampened their hair with either water or a waving lotion (think: perm chemicals), and with... Continue Reading →

My Grandma’s Buckles Never Flapped

This gorgeous flapper dress from the 1920s is on display at the Michigan State University museum. The dropped waist and simple, angular lines mimic the Art Deco style of the time. Many considered flapper girls outrageous and immoral with their raised hems, bobbed hair, and free-spirited lifestyle.  Add dancing the Charleston and you’ve got full-blown scandal.... Continue Reading →

Packing Heat in Your Hat

Check out these gorgeous hatpins on display at the MSU museum.  This exhibit really sparkles! Hatpins date as far back as the 1400s, when they were used to secure wimples, a cloth headdress that covered the hair and neck (think: nuns).  Their height of popularity ran from the 1880s until the 1920s, when the snug... Continue Reading →

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