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The Artists of Totally Legit Card Co.!

The Artists of Totally Legit Card Co.!

What's our style? That's one of the questions asked by host Joann Hawker of the March Meet the Maker thing that's happening over on Instagram. She asks good questions!All of the stickers and cards we carry are drawn/painted/designed by artists, so they all have that handmade feeling. Maria's stickers are all hand drawn. Betsy's process starts with learning about the women artists and inventors, then drawing then as line art before painting them with watercolor paints. Elaine's approach is more graphic design, with a bit of a retro vibe.Uniting themes? Fun, friends, colorful, artistic and sometimes historic. The stickers in...

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Mary Cassatt, American Impressionist

Mary Cassatt, American Impressionist

Mary Cassatt, American Impressionist, 1844-1926 Mary Cassatt was a wealthy American woman who is known for painting other wealthy women in (more or less) proper places – at home, with children, at the opera. At first glance, you might think she was proper herself. But in fact, she was disregarding a lot of the things that she was “supposed” to do, as a lady of her social standing. A wealthy woman like her was supposed to get married, have children, run a lovely home, throw lovely parties and do charitable works. Instead, she went to France to study art, then...

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Marie Van Brittan Brown, Inventor

Marie Van Brittan Brown, Inventor

Guest post author: Lily Does your house have a security system? Marie Van Brittan Brown was the inventor of the first home security systems which made the homes of so many people safer! Born on October 20, 1922 in New York, she was an inventor and Nurse. Marie Van Brittan Brown along with her husband - Albert Brown - were the inventors of the first home security system. The crime rate where they lived was quite high, she wanted a way to see the person at her door before letting them in. What she invented worked like this; if someone...

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Introducing... Our Talented Illustrator!

artist Being Bold illustrator

Introducing...  Our Talented Illustrator!

  Artist Betsy Zacsek is known for her interactive art events in Chicago, including A-Haul, All American Dinner at Pondhole, and The Cabinet of Secret Paintings. And she is the official illustrator for BeingBold.me! Her illustrations celebrate women inventors and artists, each one is not simply a portrait, but an illustration that tells the story and symbolically represents the woman's inventions or art! It's a very thoughtful process and we appreciate her talent and creativity! In addition, Betsy and Elaine Luther work together to hash out "the list" of artists, or inventors that will go on each themed poster or...

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Kids Need to See It to Be It!

Kids Need to See It to Be It!

The Problem of the Missing Role Models

When I saw this tweet from the terrific kids’ show Sci Girls, about Kamala Harris, I thought, “Yes!” All people need to see themselves in books, movies, tv, and the real world, represented. No one likes to be left out, but more than that, if folks who look like you aren’t in the history books and the story books, you’ll naturally draw the conclusion that your people haven’t done anything important.

And of course you’d think that about women, because only 3% of educational materials include women.

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